Linda Martin and Stuart O'Connor tell us why they're launching a new pop band, Brenda Donohue hears about French language classes for very young children, and three listeners attempt to win a 'hobby holiday' at The Gleneagles Hotel, Killarney, in Mooney's Monday Quiz!
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Boy bands have made a long and illustrious contribution to the music business. But where did it all begin? In 1965 with The Monkees? With The Osmonds in the seventies?
The 21st century has seen boy bands take over the world. It could be argued that current teen heart throbs One Direction are the biggest band of all time, but let's not forget that girl bands have been equally successful over the decades.
In the 60s, it was the Supremes, in the 80s, it was Bananarama, then in the nineties, it was the greatest of all time: the Spice Girls!
So, boy bands or girl bands? Which has made the greatest contribution to popular culture? Well one thing we could probably agree on is the fact that boy AND girl bands (mixed bands, in other words), haven't exactly set the music business alight in quite the same way.
Is that all about to change? Is there room for a boy/ girl band to rival the success of One Direction or the Spice Girls?
Linda Martin and Stuart O Connor say YES! They are about to launch the search for the DEFINITIVE boy/girl band that will confine to history the memory of Steps and Brotherhood Of Man. And they are here to tell us why...
DO YOU WANT TO BE IRELAND’S ANSWER TO STEPS / S CLUB 7 / ACE OF BASE? AUDITIONS BEING HELD IN DUBLIN!
WHEN? SUNDAY 9TH FEBRUARY 11AM
WHERE? ACADEMY, MIDDLE ABBEY STREET
Two of Ireland’s leading professionals in the world of entertainment, Linda Martin and Stuart O Connor, are joining forces to create a dance-pop group consisting of Male & Female singers who can SING & DANCE. Age Range 16 – 21.
Having a wealth of contacts in the performing/recording area plans are in place for this group to perform / audition for various record labels, TV executives across the UK and Ireland on the advice of Louis Walsh.
Having worked with Louis over the last number of years it was suggested that Linda & Stuart combine their experience / talent and launch this style of band and fill a gap in the Irish and UK market for ‘Young Pop’.
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A foreign language, as we know, is mandatory in secondary school, but should we be teaching our preschoolers and primary school children a foreign language earlier?
Well, on Saturday morning, Brenda attended a French class for three and four year olds in Castleknock, to see just how quickly these children took to a new language.
Sabine and one of her classes
French For Children was created by Frenchwoman Sabine Maher - for more information about the classes, visit www.frenchforchildren.ie.
It’s Mooney, it’s Monday, so it must be time for our Mooney’s Monday Quiz! And, we have a seriously GREAT prize up for grabs today.
It's a 'Hobby Holiday', courtesy of The Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney, County Kerry, and it's based on two people sharing one room...
So you and a friend can enjoy FOUR nights midweek accommodation with FOUR breakfasts, FOUR dinners, nightly entertainment AND a 'hobby' of your choice! So you can choose from:
Country music festivals, Pitch'n'putt, social dancing, a bowling break or a golfing holiday! For more information on the 'hobby holidays', visit www.gleneaglehotel.com.
Runners-up will get a copy of Ancient Ireland: Exploring Irish Historic Monuments by Tarquin Blake & Fiona Reilly - and everyone who takes part in the quiz will get a Mooney PRIDE watch!
1: What 'G' is a kitchen on a ship?
2: In the nursery rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle, which animal jumped over the moon?
3: Which ocean covers approximately one third of the earth’s surface?
4: 'Sasquatch' is another name for which mythical creature?
5: Which food provides Popeye with his superhuman strength?
6: 'Old Glory' is the nickname for the flag of which country?
7: John Lennon Airport is in which UK city?
8: Someone who discloses a secret is said to have let the ___ out of the bag?
9: How many years are in a millennium?
1: In which TV soap might you buy a sandwich in 'Roy's Rolls'?
2: Two elements combine to make water: hydrogen and ____?
3: Which American city is known as The Windy City?
4: What is the square root of 49?
5: What colour of flag is flown to indicate surrender?
6: 'Granny Smith' is a variety of which type of fruit?
7: The word 'karaoke' originates from what language?
8: According to the proverb, ___ what cannot be taught new tricks?
1: Beyonce's husband, Shawn Carter, is better known by what stage name?
2: What would you do with 'lederhosen' – eat them, play them or wear them?
3: Who wrote the Harry Potter novels?
4: Sofia is the capital city of which European country?
5: What is the first letter of the Greek alphabet?
6: What does a cartographer draw?
7: 'The Boss' is the nickname of which American rocker?
8: In which TV quiz show can a player 'ask the audience'?
9: What do the five rings on the Olympic flag represent?
10: In which country can you buy things with a 'dong'?
1: What 'G' is a kitchen on a ship? (a galley)
2: In the nursery rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle, which animal jumped over the moon? (cow)
3: Which ocean covers approximately one third of the earth’s surface? (Pacific)
4: 'Sasquatch' is another name for which mythical creature? (Abominable Snowman/Big Foot)
5: Which food provides Popeye with his superhuman strength? (spinach)
6: 'Old Glory' is the nickname for the flag of which country? (America)
7: John Lennon Airport is in which UK city? (Liverpool)
8: Someone who discloses a secret is said to have let the ___ what out of the bag? (the cat)
9: How many years are in a millennium? (1000)
1: In which TV soap might you buy a sandwich in 'Roy's Rolls'? (Coronation Street)
2: Two elements combine to make water: hydrogen and ____? (oxygen)
3: Which American city is known as The Windy City? (Chicago)
4: What is the square root of 49? (7)
5: What colour of flag is flown to indicate surrender? (white)
6: 'Granny Smith' is a variety of which type of fruit? (apple)
7: The word 'karaoke' originates from what language? (Japanese)
8: According to the proverb, ___ what cannot be taught new tricks? (an old dog)
1: Beyonce's husband, Shawn Carter, is better known by what stage name? (Jay Z)
2: What would you do with 'lederhosen' – eat them, play them or wear them? (wear them)
3: Who wrote the Harry Potter novels? (J.K. Rowling)
4: Sofia is the capital city of which European country? (Bulgaria)
5: What is the first letter of the Greek alphabet? (Alpha)
6: What does a cartographer draw? (maps)
7: 'The Boss' is the nickname of which American rocker? (Bruce Springsteen)
8: In which TV quiz show can a player 'ask the audience'? (Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?)
9: What do the five rings on the Olympic flag represent? (the continents)
10: In which country can you buy things with a 'dong'? (Vietnam)
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