How many times have you moved house? We speak to a Mayo man whose moved house 29 times – that’s more than three times the average. We meet Mairead Conlon, the young Dublin girl who's hoping for success on The Voice in Britain, and find out why legendary musician Mike Batt is supporting another Voice contestant, Bob Blakeley!
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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.
email@example.com (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
This time last year, Mairead Conlon wowed the coaches on The Voice Of Ireland and joined 'Team Bressie'. But she got knocked out in the Battle Stages...
Last Saturday, she appeared on The Voice UK, and again wowed the coaches, with three out of four turning around for her. She joined 'Team Tom Jones', and today she joins us in studio, along with her hubby Del, for a chat and to perform exclusively for us!
If you would like to follow Mairead on YouTube, then visit youtube.com/conlonmairead.
Another story to come out of the UK Voice is that of Bob Blakeley, from Stockport, who gave a powerhouse performance of Cry Me A River:
Now on Saturday night, after that performance, none of the mentors turned around... But this morning, live on BBC Breakfast, Bob received a second chance at fame when musician Mike Batt offered to help Bob get a record deal.
Mike is a British songwriter, musician, producer, conductor and Deputy Chairman of the British Phonographic industry.
Most of us will know his work through The Wombles pop act and for his beautiful songs such as Bright Eyes which was sung by Art Garfunkel and more recently for his work with Katie Melua including her song Nine Million Bicycles.
Mike joins us on the line this afternoon from his London office, where he has been meeting with Bob Blakelely...
Watching the ads on TV recently got Derek thinking. The ad he saw was from Britain, and it was all about how easy it is to pay your TV licence. But the line that caught his attention told us that "The average person moves home eight times during their life". Derek has only moved once, so he has a few to go to meet the British average!
Warren Buffett, one of the world’s wealthiest people in the world, doesn't appear to have lived in more than a couple of homes. In fact he still lives in the same house he bought in 1958!
Henry Ford, the famous car maker, had a strong attachment to his childhood farm House. So much so that after his parents died he had the house restored in 1919 and in 1944 he moved it two miles down the road to Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan. Ford set up Greenfield Village as a place where people could see what American life was like in the past. (Among the attractions located there today are the Wright Brothers Bicycle shop and the Bus which Rosa Parks made famous when she refused to give up her seat to a white person thus sparking off the Montgomery Bus Boycott.)
But back to that TV ad and the claim that, on average, we live in eight houses during our lifetime... We sent our reporter Katriona McFadden to the streets to find out how often people move house. And Derek is joined in studio by Fintan Conlan (who runs One Man And His Van, a home removals business), who has lived in 29 different homes!
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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