Former governor of Mountjoy John Lonergan responds to research which finds that prisoners believe they are better people than those in the wider population, and we speak to a woman who was born a male but developed female characteristics as a teen...
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Calling all Irish gospel choirs/groups!
Would you like to perform in the National Concert Hall as support act for gospel legends The Blind Boys of Alabama as well as on RTÉ Radio 1’s Mooney?
Mooney and Waltons World Masters Series are offering one lucky group the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do just that!
The Waltons World Masters Series welcomes The Blind Boys of Alabama back to Dublin and the National Concert Hall on Wednesday, May 21st 2014. Ireland has its own great tradition of gospel music, and one very special aspect of this concert is that the support act will be an Irish gospel choir/group selected by the third nationwide Waltons World Masters Gospel Competition, in association with the Mooney and RTÉ Radio 1! The winning choir/group will perform a 40-minute set before The Blind Boys take to the stage.
All Irish gospel choirs/groups are welcome to enter.
After all entries are received, a shortlist of three finalists will be chosen by a jury made up of representatives from Waltons New School of Music and RTÉ Radio 1. The finalists will be announced and their recordings broadcast on the Mooney on Thursday, April 10th. Their entries will then be sent to The Blind Boys of Alabama, who will select the overall winner.
The winning choir/group will be announced on the Mooney on Thursday, May 1st, perform on Mooney on a date to be announced, and perform in the National Concert Hall as support act for the Blind Boys of Alabama on Wednesday, May 21st.
The winning choir/group will be responsible for their own transport to/from the venue, as well as accommodation (if required). The group will receive five pairs of tickets to the concert for guests, but there will be no monetary remuneration.
firstname.lastname@example.org (with ‘Waltons World Masters Gospel Competition’ in the subject line)
Waltons World Masters Gospel Competition
Waltons New School of Music
69 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2
Entries must arrive by 5pm on Friday, March. Late entries will not be accepted.
Please include the following materials and information:
Entry deadline: Friday, March 21st, 5pm
Finalists announced: Thursday, April 10th
Winner announced: Thursday, 1 May
Concert: Wednesday, 21 May
You might think that being locked up behind bars would make you feel sad. It might make you reflect on what you had done wrong to end up in jail. You might end up with a very low self-esteem. But apparently not!
A survey of prisoners by the University of Southampton shows that prisoners believe themselves to be kinder and more honest, dependable, trustworthy, compassionate, self-controlled and moral than people on the outside.
We wondered if Irish prisoners feel the same way so we've invited former Mountjoy Governor John Lonergan in today to talk prison life and life in general!
Listeners with children may like to know that the following interview has adult topics, so if you are listening to this podcast with your children, please be warned.
A few weeks ago Brenda spoke to Shaun Abbitt, who at 7ft 3½ inches is the tallest man in Ireland. Shaun has a condition called Gigantism and currently is confined to his bed. Brenda went to meet Shaun, who talked about what it was like to be different, and there was a very warm reaction to this interview.
One of the people who contacted the office during the interview was Timara Lawless, who had this to say:
"Derek, your guest with the gigantism gene is amazing. Great that he is so open about it. I have a genetic "intersex" condition where I was determined male at birth but late puberty developed female bits to the extent where I am now female. I’m writing a book about growing up different, so I have an empathy with your guest's difference... Ms. Timara Lawless"
So we asked Timara to come in and tell her story...
Derek, Timara and Brenda
Support Groups for intersex and transgender people
Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) seeks to improve conditions and advance the rights and equality of trans people and their families. Visit www.teni.ie or call 01 873 3575
Dublin Trans Peer Support Group started in April 2005 and is the longest running group in Ireland. The group meets every second Wednesday. It provides an inclusive and supportive environment for those who have been diagnosed with Gender identity Disorder, who feel they have a gender identity issue, and who are exploring their gender role. Our aim is to provide a safe environment for people to feel accepted and accept and explore their own gender identity. Contact email@example.com or Outhouse on 01 873-4932.
Samaritans Helpline: for or immediate support, about whatever's getting to you, please call Samaritans’ 24-hour helpline: 08457 909090 (UK), 1850 609090 (ROI).
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