Following the introduction of new bankruptcy legislation, Brenda Donohue reports from the New Beginning Roadshow in Athlone. Philip Boucher Hayes puts Killorglin on the map as the least wasteful town in the country. After a new breakthrough in the development of the male contraceptive pill, we ask would YOU trust a man to take it? And three listeners attempt to beat the clock, and each other, to win a two-night New Year break at the INEC in Killarney with tickets to their New Year's Eve concert feat. Sharon Shannon, Mundy & Shane McGowan!
***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.
It’s Mooney, it’s Thursday, so it's time for our Mooney’s Thursday Quiz! And we have a terrific prize up for grabs today: we’re going to sort out your New Years Eve!
The INEC in Killarney have offered us a two-night stay for two people sharing one room in the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney for December 30th and 31st - including breakfast on both mornings - AND two tickets to their New Years Eve concert featuring Sharon Shannon, Mundy and Shane McGowan!
Runners-up will get a copy of the Irish Times Book Of The Year 2013 by Peter Murtagh and everyone who takes part in the quiz will get a Mooney Pride watch...
We’ve discussed the issue of food waste on Mooney from time to time, and the statistic that always jumps out is just how much food we throw away. According to the people who know these things, one third of all the food we buy in the shops is thrown in the bin. Think about that. One in every three items we buy is wasted. That's about €700 worth of food per household, per year.
Our colleague from Drivetime, Philip Boucher Hayes, spent some time over the summer experimenting with the good people of Killorglin in Co. Kerry. With the help of a team of food waste experts, a selection of householders, restaurants, supermarkets and other businesses tried to reduce the amount they throw out...
The results of this "grand experiment" can be seen in Waste Watchers on RTÉ One this coming Sunday, at 6.30pm...
A recent scientific breakthrough could make the male contraceptive pill a reality. A team from Monash University in Australia have published their findings on a new technique, that works like a temporary vasectomy which stops sperm from leaving the body. Would women trust men to take the tablets? Brenda Donohue went out and about to find out...
Last Tuesday, the new bankruptcy rules came into force, which now means that you are automatically discharged from bankruptcy with all your debts written off within a maximum of three years.
So with so many people struggling to repay mortgages on their homes, on buy-to-let properties, and all sorts of other debts, New Beginning embarked on a nationwide road show to explain to people the options that are available to them.
New Beginning is an organisation which works with people faced with unmanageable debts. Last night, the road show was in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Athlone and Brenda Donohue went along to find out more...
To find out more about New Beginning, visit www.newbeginning.ie.
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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