Brian Kennedy pays tribute to Joni Mitchell, Jim Clarken tells us about Oxfam's 12 Days Of Giving campaign, Fergus Sweeney chats about how Glasgow is preparing to host the Commonwealth Games next year, and Eanna ni Lamhna takes a walking tour of Edinburgh in the company of Blue Guide Maggie McLeod!
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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 legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell celebrated her 70th birthday last month, and to mark that milestone, our very own Brian Kennedy has released an album of her songs, as a tribute to this musical genius.
A Love Letter To Joni contains ten of his favourite Joni Mitchell songs, and Brian joins Derek in studio today to chat about putting the album together, performing with Joni - and his love of dream analysis!
For more information on Brian and his new album, visit www.briankennedy.co.uk.
According to the papers today, a global survey has found Ireland to be the most generous nation in Europe, and the fifth most giving in the world. The World Giving Index 2013 measured altruism in terms of direct donations to charity, volunteering personal time and helping strangers.
It is timely news as we are joined in studio today by Jim Clarken, CEO of Oxfam, who tells us about Oxfam’s Twelve Days of Giving Campaign...
If you would like to donate, phone 1850 30 40 55 (ROI) or 0800 0 30 40 55 (N.I.) or visit www.oxfamireland.org/12days for more information on the 12 Days Of Giving campaign.
Derek saw a report on TV some months ago about how a temporary athletics track was being constructed at Hampden Park for next year's Commonwealth Games. It was quite a unique building project, and he mentioned to our colleague Fergus Sweeney that he might like to find out more about it during our visit to Scotland.
At the time, Fergus dismissed it as "nothing special" - but he's in studio today to eat humble pie...
Athlete's Village for Commonwealth Games, Glasgow
Athlete's Village for Commonwealth Games, Glasgow
Mooney had a *fantastic stay* in Glasgow, courtesy of visitscotland.com and Aer Lingus Regional. It was a very sad time to be there of course, as news broke of the nine people who lost their lives in Glasgow's Clutha Bar following a police helicopter crash.
But Glasgow is a lovely city, and Derek really enjoyed walking around it and talking to some of the people there.
We didn’t JUST stay in Glasgow though. We travelled to Birnam in Perthshire to learn about beavers, Derek travelled to Paisley outside Glasgow to learn about Highland Cattle (and you can hear all about Highland Cattle during a special show on December 27th), Katriona travelled to Leith to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia – AND we went to the capital of Scotland: Edinburgh!
Eanna ni Lamhna and her husband Johnny took a walking tour of Edinburgh and their 'Blue Badge' guide was the lovely Maggie McLeod...
For more informaton about Maggie's tours, visit www.scotlandandmore.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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If you find an injured animal or bird, please contact the National Parks & Wildlife Service on 1890 20 20 21, or BirdWatch Ireland, on 01 281-9878, or visit www.irishwildlifematters.ie
Presenter: Derek Mooney