John Spillane performs his new single with some help from the regulars in his local bar, and we ask if the mother-in-law is really misunderstood or whether she deserves her reputation as the butt of the joke...
A tiny pub in the picturesque harbour village of Passage West in Co Cork is the setting for a video that’s rapidly clocking up Youtube hits.
The Ferry Arms is singer-songwriter John Spillane’s local pub – and the video of his song features a colourful cast of locals – including soprano Cara O’Sullivan.
John Spillane is in our Cork studio now to tell us all about it!
When The Life Of Brian came out in 1979, it was heavily criticised by many religious groups. It was called blasphemous. It was banned from public screening in some European countries, including Ireland and Norway.
But whatever your religious view of the movie, one thing is beyond dispute. It was, unashamedly, a searing indictment of organised religion.
1979 was also the year that Pope John Paul visited Ireland. One million people came out to see him in the Phoenix Park. If Pope Francis came to visit now, would the numbers be as high?
One man who definitely wouldn't be there is Abie Philbin Bowman. Apart from being a comedian, actor and writer, he is a committed atheist. And he's also involved in something called the "Sunday Assembly", which is a sort of gathering of non-believers, offering an alternative to traditional Sunday gatherings, like the Mass.
Abie is in studio today to explain what this is all about...
The next Sunday Assembly will take place this Sunday, December 15th, at noon, in the Exchange in Temple Bar, Dublin.
"Did you hear the one about the Kerryman who had a brain transplant?" The brain rejected him... Haw, Haw, Haw...
"Paddy Irishman, Paddy Scotsman and Paddy Englishman walked into a bar".
No, I’m not going to tell you another joke about the usual targets. Let’s leave the put upon Kerryman and Paddy Irishman alone.... and as for that poor old chicken and his hilarious attempts to cross the road. Let’s not go there either.
But believe it or not neither the Kerryman nor Paddy Irishman are the comedians favourite targets ... That honour goes to someone many of you know all too well: the mother-in-law. What sort of a career would Les Dawson have had without his poor old mother-in-law?
So does the mother-in-law get a bit of a raw deal? In a moment we’ll speak to Katy Rink whose new book is called Managing MIL – You And Your Mother-In-Law – For Better, Or For Worse?, but first, our researcher Michele Browne went out and about on the streets to find out what people really think of this most put-upon of women...
Managing MIL – You And Your Mother-In-Law – For Better, Or For Worse?, by Katie Rink, is published by Peridot Press. The ISBN is 978-1909-717-008 and the RRP is £6.99.
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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