Marty Morrissey with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment. Brenda Donohue samples the atmosphere at the Grand Prix Darts in Dublin, we’ve music from The Willoughby Brothers, and we reveal which primary school in Leinster has won a year’s supply of electricity!
The partypoker.com World Grand Prix Darts Championships are currently taking place in Citywest Hotel in Dublin all this week. Thirty-two top darts players are competing for the €350,000 prize fund and all the big names are there - from ten-times World Champion Phil Taylor to Michael van Gerwen to Gary Anderson!
Our reporter Brenda Donohue has never been to a major darts competition, and last night she went along to have her first experience of the legendary atmosphere at these matches.
The Irish were represented by Connie Finnan from Limerick. He lost but Brenda spoke to his sisters, wife and daughters afterwards...
Tickets for the partypoker.com World Grand Prix are still available every day from 5pm at the box office in Citywest Hotel, Thursday €25, Friday €35, Saturday €35, Sunday €40.
Chris Froome of Great Britain won the 2013 Tour de France on his carbon fibre bike. But is it possible that he could have won the great cycling race on a bicycle made of bamboo?
Sitting in a BBC studio in Oxford is a man who, along with his colleague and the help of some students, has engineered a bike made from bamboo! Dr James Broughton is from the Joining Technology Research Centre, at Brookes University, and he joins Marty and Brenda to explain how bamboo bikes could revolutionise the cycling industry...
The Bamboo Bike is available to order from a shop in London called Blue Door bicycles (www.bluedoorbicycles.com).
We also spoke to Liam Murray, founder of Woodelo Wooden Bikes, about his bike-making business in Thurles, Co. Tipperary!
If you’ve been listening to Mooney this week you’ll know that we’ve been announcing the winners of our Fuel Your School competition in association with Electric Ireland and Green Star.
We had literally hundreds of entries to the competition to find Ireland’s greenest school – with the coveted prize of having their fuel bills covered for a whole year.
On Monday, Terry Flanagan revealed the Connaught winner was Mullaghroe National School in Gorteen Co. Sligo. On Tuesday Richard Collins reported from Letterkenny that the winner there was Ballyraine National School in County Donegal. Yesterday Éanna Ní Lamhna announced our Munster winners from Ardfert Central National School in County Kerry.
And today, we're joined by Jim Wilson, in our Cork studio, to tell us who has won the prize in Leinster...
And congratulations to Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál NS in Carlow!
It is not very often that we have six very handsome men in studio at the same time! But today, Marty and Brenda are joined by Richie, Des, Sammy, Robbie, Johnny and Jerome Willoughby. The brothers – from Coolboy in County Wicklow - are not just easy on the eye! They are also extremely talented singers, and they're in with us today for a tune and a chat!
For more information about The Willoughby Brothers, visit www.thewilloughbybrothers.com
Hedgerows and the Law
Hedgerows in Ireland form important features in maintaining wildlife diversity and in establishing wildlife "corridors", particularly for birds. The commonest nesting birds found in hedgerows such as wrens, dunnocks, robin and willow warblers depend entirely on insects during the Summer months. In general untrimmed, thorned hedgerows containing species such as blackthorn, whitethorn and holly are favoured by birds as they provide ample food and also serve as a protection against predators.
Section 40 of the Wildlife Act, 1976, as amended by Section 46 of the 2000 Act, provides protection for hedgerows by providing that it shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy hedgerows on uncultivated land during the nesting season from 1 March to 31 August, subject to certain exceptions. It is important that, where possible, necessary work to hedgerows is carried out outside this period.
It is possible in most cases to schedule and carry out necessary work to hedgerows outside this period. The legislation makes provision for works (other than road or other construction works) to be carried out for reasons of public health and safety under the authority of any Minister or a body established by statute that lead to the destruction of vegetation. There is also a provision to enable the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government to request from the relevant Minister or body details of any such works together with a statement of the public health and safety factors involved.
It shall not be an offence to destroy vegetation in the ordinary course of agriculture or forestry. Also it shall not be illegal to destroy vegetation while preparing or clearing a site for lawful building or construction works.
It is the policy of the Minister to prosecute for offences under section 40 of the Wildlife Acts 1976 and 2000 and successful prosecutions have been taken under this section in recent years. Members of the public are encouraged to contact their local wildlife ranger and report instances where hedgerows are being destroyed during the prohibited period.
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