Gerald Kean relives memories of Christmas past with toys from an age gone by. Derek talks to Catholic priest Fr. Iggy O'Donovan, who is basing this week’s sermon on a Mooney discussion about atheism. And what do you do when you smash the family heirloom? Brenda sets out on a mission to replace the irreplaceable...
We had lots of response into the programme following Derek's conversation yesterday with Abie Philbin Bowman. Abie is a committed atheist and he was telling us about the "Sunday Assembly" he attends, which is a sort of gathering of non-believers, offering an alternative to Sunday Mass.
We got lots of reaction into the programme, and one of the responses was the following e-mail:
"As a Catholic priest I found your chat with Abie Philbin Bowman riveting and thought provoking. I have next Sunday’s sermon thanks to you."
It was sent from Fr. Iggy O’Donovan, and he joins us this afternoon from RTÉs Limerick studios...
The last time that celebrity lawyer Gerald Kean was with us (back in August) he was recovering from a near death experience. But thankfully, that’s all in the past now and he’s fit and well, and looking forward to a busy Christmas.
So seeing as it’s Christmas, and people are starting to think about gifts and perhaps recalling toys they got as a child, we decided to send Gerald on a trip down memory lane...
The Little Museum of Dublin has a display of nostalgic toys among it’s collection of artefacts and memorabilia. Gerald went along there this morning and saw some toys from yesteryear in the company of Simon O’Connor, the Museum’s curator...
The Little Museum of Dublin is located at 15, St Stephen's Green. For more information about The Little Museum, visit www.littlemuseum.ie.
The nice thing about this time of year is that you don’t need any excuse to welcome a choir onto the programme, so we're delighted to welcome onto the programme today the Chamber Choir Ireland, conducted by Paul Hillier.
The choir perform Away In A Manger and Ding Dong Merrily On High.
The choir's upcoming concerts are at St Thomas’ Parish Church, Belfast, on December 16th at 8:00pm, and at University Church, Stephen’s Green, Dublin on December 17th at 6:30pm.
For more information on the Chamber Choir, visit www.chamberchoirireland.com.
It’s Mooney, it's Thursday, so it's time for Mooney's Thursday Quiz!
And, we have a terrific prize up for grabs today: it’s a two-night weekend break to the five-star Monart Destination Spa in County Wexford, the only spa in Ireland to be shortlisted for the 2014 World Spa Awards!
Your prize is based on two people sharing one room and includes breakfast on both mornings, dinner on an evening of your choice and complimentary access to the spa’s facilities.
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.
Something that most of us have done at some stage of our lives is to break, smash or destroy something that is of sentimental value and totally irreplaceable.
Whether you’ve smashed Dad’s Waterford Crystal retirement vase, wiped the CD of your little darling’s communion or dropped your wedding ring down the toilet, many of us know that feeling: the pang, the pain, the panic.
Well Brenda Donohue met one should man who is currently experiencing all these emotions.
Eoin O'Brien has broken two very precious plates. They belong to his partner Brid, and on the plates were footprints of her grandchidren's feet when they were only four weeks old...
They are irreplaceable - but is there anyone who can restore them to their former glory? Brenda visited Eoin and Brid...
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