Brenda Donohue presents a unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment
From painters and plumbers to welders and wood-workers - Fergus reports from a gathering of apprentices for the National Skills Competition. We hear the awful but ultimately uplifting story of one of the last remaining survivors of Auschwitz. And singer-songwriter Mickey Harte is live in studio...
The decade was the 1990s, and the two biggest footballing tribes were Arsenal and Manchester United. The 'midfield enforcers' of those tribes were Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane, respectively.
Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane
Tonight the pair are reunited in an ITV4 documentary, Keane & Vieira - Best Of Enemies, which evokes a time of gladiatorial conflict between two of the world’s most driven midfielders. The pair met 19 times on the pitch and were shown 21 red cards between them. They were compulsive viewing at the time and from what we've seen, tonight’s documentary is going to be riveting too.
Matt Barlow is a Sports Journalist with the Daily Mail in London – he has had a sneak preview of the WHOLE documentary - and he joins Brenda on the line with a preview...
Keane & Vieira - Best Of Enemies will be shown on ITV4 tonight at 10pm, and on RTÉ Two tomorrow week, December 18th, at 9.55pm. For more information about the programme, visit www.itv.com/sport/football.
It's that wonderful time of the year when you really need to get that letter to Santa off in the post, if it hasn’t gone already!
And it is that time of year you get to hear some fabulous songs on the radio. Today, Mickey Harte joins us in studio with his gorgeous interpretation of Fairytale Of New York...
Mickey also hosts at the Troubadour Club, alongside musician Francie Conway - the idea is to help out songwriters and performers in Dublin city. The next one will take place at the Belvedere Hotel, on Great Denmark St, D1, on Fri, December 13th and Friday, December 20th at 9pm. And best of all - there is no cover charge!
The 1993 movie Schindler's List contains probably the most vivid cinematic portrayal of the nightmare that was the Nazi Holocaust.
To most of us, the Holocaust, and place names like Auschwitz, Birkenau, Treblinka, are events and places in history that we learn about in school, and through TV documentaries and movies.
But last Friday, producer Olan McGowan came face-to-face with this dreadful history, when he met one of the few remaining survivors of Auschwitz - a lady called Batsheva Dagan. Today, we hear hear her experience and memories of this truly horrific time...
In the interview, Batsheva talked about her books, in particular one book called Imagination: Blessed be, Cursed be: Reminiscences from There. This book is available on Amazon.com, for $15.
Fifty years ago, Ireland’s top apprentices took part in a World Skills competition right here in Dublin. Believe it or not, the event is still running and the national competition to find the best apprentices in a range of skill areas got underway at various venues in Ireland today...
Competitions are taking place in crafts such as carpentry, joinery, electrical installations, industrial control, metal fabrication, plastering, and many, many more, so this morning, Mooney producer Fergus Sweeney visited DIT in Dublin to find out more...
For more information on the IrelandSkills National Competition, click here.
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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