Eddie Hobbs looks at innovative ways of getting what you can’t afford in the recession, Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh finds out if the Irish language has any relevance in peoples lives, and Brenda Donohue surprises another couple who will get the chance to win a second honeymoon!
***THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED***
Mooney has teamed up with the Sunday World (www.sundayworld.com) to give one very special couple a second honeymoon! We looked for Ireland's favourite couple - and that couple could win a dream trip to San Francisco, worth a whopping €10,000!!!
The winning couple will be revealed in the Sunday World on December 22nd, and on Mooney on Christmas Day. Good luck to everybody who entered!
On Monday, December 16th, Mooney Tunes 9 will take place at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin!
The ninth concert in our hugely popular series of Mooney Tunes will be a variety Christmas concert with various singers and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Listeners requests will be read out and their songs will be played. There will be love songs, songs you will sing along to, beautiful classical music and lots of Christmassy tunes to get you in the festive mood a week before Christmas!
The Mooney Tunes concerts have been extremely successful, and tickets often sell-out within hours of going on sale.
The benefit of buying the tickets in person at the theatre box office is that there is no service charge to pay. Tickets are priced from €14.50 and go up to €20, €28, €34 and €39.50, depending on where you are sitting.
Tickets are also on sale online from Ticketmaster.ie, Ticketmaster outlets and from the Ticketmaster phonelines:
0818 719 377 - Republic of Ireland Customers
0844 847 2455 - Northern Ireland Customers
00 353 1 456 9569 - International Customers
Tickets bought from Ticketmaster.ie online or on the phone are subject to a 12.5% service charge so, for example, that would make the €14.50 ticket, the cheapest ticket, €16.60. If you buy your tickets in person from a Ticketmaster outlet there will be a €2.50 flat fee service charge, and there is no service charge whatsoever if you buy them in person at the box office here at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.
But whichever way you choose to get your tickets for Mooney Tunes 9, we suggest that you do it as soon as possible after 3pm, when they go on sale! It's the perfect pre-Christmas concert - but tickets will go early, so get yours as soon as you can to avoid disappointment! For more information about the concert, visit www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie/index.php/artist/mooney-tunes.
The man who brought us Show Me The Money and Rip Off Republic was recently back on our tellies with a very unusual programme.
The Give Or Take Club was all about getting members of a community together to see how they can help each other out by bartering their skills or assets in the hope of getting something back for themselves.
His social experiment had mixed results. Not all members of the club were happy with the demands of other people in the club.
To talk about this and other financial matters, we're delighted to be joined in studio today by Eddie Hobbs...
You may remember last week Derek took issue with one of our listeners who accused him of being anti the Irish language – which of course he's not.
Following that, we got a letter from some pupils at Gaelscoil na Mara in Arklow. They’ve produced an Irish phrasebook aimed at giving no-hopers like Derek a simple and useful guide to everyday Irish.
We asked Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh to take a look at it...
Gaeilge On The Run, by Ailís Ní Bhriain & Teresa Nic an Rí, costs €2.50. It's available from Gaelcholáiste na Mara, Arklow, Co Wicklow or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yesterday, we met the first of our four finalists in our Second Honeymoon competition, in association with the Sunday World. We are looking for Ireland’s favourite couple, and the couple who win the competition will receive a fantastic prize, a trip to San Francisco, valued at a whopping €10,000! The seven-day second honeymoon will include:
- return business-class flights
- accommodation in a five-star hotel in San Francisco
- a hop-on, hop-off bus tour of San Francisco
- Sutter Home VIP winery tour and tasting, in Napa Valley (with accommodation in exclusive winery accommodation)
- then bike rental in San Francisco
Plus €1,000 spending money
Runners-up will win a case of Sutter Home White Zinfandel
Yesterday Brenda met our first finalists, Jackie Coffey and Alan Kenny, at the Grand Canal Dock in Dublin. Today she visited couple number two, Grace and Emmet Byrne, and she found herself outside Digiweb, in an industrial park on the outskirts of Dundalk, County Louth. Before surprising husband Emmet, Brenda first met Grace...
Emmet & Grace Byrne
Emmet & Grace Byrne with Brenda Donohue
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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Presenter: Derek Mooney