Derek will be reporting live from the Bórd Gais Energy Theatre - venue for Mooney Tunes 9 later on this evening. Brenda Donohue will be talking to a listener who's celebrating a very special Christmas. And in the company of some young friends, Terry Flanagan goes Walking With Dinosaurs...
It’s Mooney, it’s Monday, so it's time for our Mooney’s Monday Quiz!
And, we have a seriously GREAT prize up for grabs today…
It’s a two-night weekend break for two adults, two children AND two sets of grandparents to the 4-star McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris in County Mayo!
Yes, that’s EIGHT people in total!
The McWilliam Park Hotel is us offering a family room and two double rooms; breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of your choice for three generations of your family!
Now, isn’t that a prize and a half!
The prize can be used anytime during January, February or March and the McWilliam Park is a great base to explore nearby Cong, The National Museum of Ireland – or you might like to stay put and viist their Leisure Centre, Swimming Pool or 'Chique' beauty studio.
For more information about specials at the McWilliam Park Hotel, visit www.mcwilliampark.ie/bookings/specials.
This evening, at 8pm, a plethora of stars will take to the stage of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in the ninth installment of Mooney Tunes. Conductor David Brophy will lift the baton for the final time to lead the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, as they play YOUR suggestions of music, alongside stars like Paul Potts and Claudia Boyle.
Derek is down at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre this afternoon, with the General Manager of the theatre, Stephen Faloon, to set the scene from the rehearsals...
Walking Wth Dinosaurs the 3D movie goes on general release this coming weekend. It’s categorised as a PG and is suited to 5 year olds plus. The promotional material boasts that for the first time in movie history, audiences will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the earth.
But what did the punters make of it? Terry Flanagan went to check it out with some very knowledgeable youngsters from First Year Science Club in Moyle Park College...
For more information about the movie, visit www.walkingwithdinosaurs.com/movie.
About this time last year, we had a competition on the show to give a family a hassle free Christmas break. The prize was a four day stay in Bewley's Hotel in Ballsbridge with Christmas completely taken care of.
The winning family were the Oglesbys, from Kilinarden in Tallaght. Andrew Oglesby, who was 15 years old at the time, entered the competition and told us about his amazing mother, Marie.
Five years ago, Marie was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and unfortunately it had spread throughout her body. She is a busy mother of four children and her eldest son Andrew wanted her to have a memorable Christmas.
Brenda surprised the family and told them they won the prize, and after that, Marie spoke to Brenda about her cancer and her hopes for 2013. Lots of people were moved by her honesty and her positive outlook on life. We’ve had lots of queries to the show, as to how she was keeping, and yesterday Brenda visited her in her parents' home in Tallaght for a catch-up...
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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Presenter: Derek Mooney