Marty's special guest is Kerry footballer Tomás Ó Sé, as he brings down the curtain on his inter-county career. Brenda Donohue catches up with a bunch of Swiss students - the latest winners of our Journey's On Us initiative. And we introduce you to rising star Hannah Roddy - the young girl from Ratoath with the BIG voice!
Mooney has hooked up with Irish Rail for their "The Journey's On Us" initiative. This is where 100 groups of up to 50 people per group will receive a free return rail journey to anywhere in the country. We particularly like this initiative as it allows voluntary, sports and charity groups to have a fun day out and not one that will break the bank.
ALL the winners been chosen and throughout the summer, many groups have been availing of their prize and travelling the Irish Rail Network, having a fun day out.
Recently, our reporter Brenda Donohue met a group of students from Switzerland who won a return trip from Dublin to Belfast... They were led by Palmerstown woman Denise Kelly, and Brenda met Denise and the students at 8am in Connolly Station, before they boarded the train for Belfast...
You might think that living near the airport has its advantages - for instance, you’re always only a short taxi fare away from a spontaneous weekend break! However, a new study claims that living in the vicinity of an airport can have negative effects, and can even lead to greater risk of heart disease and stroke.
Audrey Donohue joins Marty in studio today to explain more...
On Saturday night, Marty was at a Strictly Come Dancing fundraising event in Croke Park, trying to raise a few bob for St Maur’s GAA Club. And, after the interval, a singer took to the stage who was simply AMAZING!!
Her name is Hannah Roddy, she's from Ratoath in County Meath, and when she was only nine, she sang Imelda May’s Johnny Got A Boom Boom on The Late Late Toy Show!
Fast forward two years, and today Hannah Roddy and her mum Maebh Roddy, join Marty and Brenda in studio today!
And if you'd like to hear more of Hannah, she will be singing at a fashion show in Trim Castle tomorrow for the charity 'Aoibheann's Pink Tie', which a Dad set up after his little girl died of cancer. She will also appear at the Liberty Hall concert on Saturday night and then her panto at Christmas.
"The raiding Ó Sé" - Tomás Ó Sé, of course - is one of the greatest defenders that Gaelic Football has produced. He has five All-Ireland winning medals to show for a fifteen-year career in the green and gold of Kerry! Tomás Ó Sé decided to hang up his boots earlier this month, and he’s in our Cork studio today for a chat...
Staying with Marty's favourite topic, Gaelic Games, have you heard of the G4M? It sounds a bit like the 'G8', but it’s an altogether different sort of summit!
G4M stands for Gaelic For Mothers, and this Saturday 1,000 GAA-mad Mums will convene on the Naomh Mearnóg Club in Portmarnock for their annual 'national blitz'.
The Mums represent 83 clubs from 20 different counties and it is one of the highlights of the Ladies Football Calendar.
Grandmother Sally Geraghty, from Oranmore in Co. Galway, will be playing on Saturday and she is on the line today to tell us more about it...
For more information about Gaelic4Mothers & Others (or G4M+0 as it's sometimes called), then click here to read a booklet all about the initiative!
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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