We meet the young mother whose near death experience motivated her to write a novel. We speak to one of Ireland's longest serving pantomime dames, and we report back from a comedy workshop which was held in Dublin over the weekend!
What a weekend it has been for just about anyone Irish involved in reality TV shows, in several corners of the globe! Our own Louis Walsh got not one, but two contestants through to the final of The X Factor - whilst in Australia, former Westlife singer Kian Egan was being crowned King of the Jungle in ITV's I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!
And in Scandinavia, an Irish professional football player was busy beating off the opposition to win this year’s Swedish Idol! Kevin Walker’s father hails from Carlow and he’s been brought up very much as part of the growing Irish population in Stockholm.
And today we're joined from Stockholm - from the SverigeSRadio studios - by Irish journalist and producer Philip O'Connor (who is based in Sweden) to tell us all about it!
We’ve spoken on the programme before about Gaelic4Mothers - up and down the country, thousands of Mums tog out each week to keep fit and play matches.
Sinead Hamill from Stillorgan in Dublin is one such Mum.
But she saw the funny side of a motley crew of women, all shapes and sizes, meeting up to play Gaelic Football – and she decided to write a novel about it.
Throw in a Nidge-like character as their manager and you have the book Scumbags And Handbags. She's in studio with us today to tell us all about it!
Scumbags And Handbags is published by the author; the ISBN is 978-149-350-5883. For more information, visit www.sineadhamill.com.
Chipmunks are from the same family as the squirrel and are native to North America and they can also be found in Asia and parts of Easter Europe.
Recently, the DSPCA in Rathfarnham took receipt of a pair of chipmunks and they are now looking to rehome them. Mooney producer Fergus Sweeney went along to Rathfarnham to find out more about this pair.
If you would like to find a home for a chipmunk, contact the DSPCA at Mount Venus Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, phone 01 499-4700 or visit www.dspca.ie.
If you are unsure as to whether a chipmunk would be suitable for your home, you can read the DSPCA's Guide To Caring For Chipmunks.
The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific is jam-packed full of musical favourites, including the fabulous There Is Nothing Like A Dame! The sailors of South Pacific are celebrating the female dames, but today, we're celebrating dames of the more festive variety!
The staple of every great panto is an even greater Dame, and today, we're joined from Cork by one of Ireland's greatest panto dames: Jim Mulcahy!
Jim Mulcahy is celebrating his 23rd year playing in panto, and this year, those attending The Everyman Theatre in Cork to see Jack And The Beanstalk will be able to see the panto in 3-D!
Jim is in our Cork studio to tell us more...
CADA and The Everyman presents the Christmas Panto, Jack And The Beanstalk, from December 7th - January 12th. For more information, phone the Box Office on 021 450-1673 or visit www.everymancork.com.
Everyone loves a good comedy stand up, but have you ever thought about standing on the stage yourself? Comedian Maxine Jones has been providing the people of Dublin with the opportunity to do just that, as she’s been hosting affordable comedy workshops in Blackrock. Louise Denvir went along yesterday afternoon to find out more...
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.
To follow us on Twitter, use the handle @MooneyShow.
Please DO NOT send any live, dead or skeletal remains of any creature whatsoever to Mooney Goes Wild.
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