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    Mooney, Tuesday February 4th 2014

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    Brenda Donohue visits Ireland's only Breast Milk bank, we have music and chat from George Murphy, and we chat to Swedish Idol Kevin Walker!

    Caring For Garden Birds This Winter

    To find out how to care for and attract garden birds, read Jim Wilson's Guide To Garden Birds - CLICK HERE!

    Learning Languages

    On yesterday's programme, Brenda Donohue reported back on some French classes for children that were being held in Castleknock, in Dublin. We received a huge amount of feedback on the item, including this e-mail from Gillian:

    Hi Derek and Brenda,

    My name is Gillian O'Donovan and I teach pre school and primary school children languages here in County Sligo, I set up my business, First Time French in January and would love if you could give it a small mention on your show.

    I've had wonderful feedback from parents who can't get over how quickly the children absorb the language.

    My website is www.firsttimefrench.com and my phone number is 086 151-4655 if anyone in the Sligo area is interested in classes.

    Many thanks,

    Gillian O'Donovan

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    Human Milk Bank

    A few weeks on the show Brenda asked the question: are there any Irish wet nurses? A wet nurse is a woman who breastfeeds and cares for another's child. Wet nurses are employed when the mother is unable or chooses not to nurse the child herself.

    Lots of you texted and e-mailed the programme, telling is about The Western Trust Human Milk Bank. This is Ireland’s only milk bank, located in Co. Fermanagh. The co-ordinator in Anne McCrea and recently she was in Dublin delivering breast milk - Brenda caught up with her to find out more...

    For more, find out www.westerntrust.hscni.net

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    George Murphy

    Ten years ago a 17-year-old college student took to the stage of the Helix Theatre in Dublin to compete to win the You’re a Star talent competition. He came from Artane in Dublin and, at the time, he was studying to be an actor.  He ended up coming 4th that year.

    Well he has gone on to forge a career as a full-time singer both here and America - most recently, for us, he very kindly did a 'House Party' in the Mary Aikenhead Centre down the road in Donnybrook.

    He is the one, and only, George Murphy, and he joins us in studio this afternoon! 

    Raglan Road, in memory of Luke Kelly, is available on iTunes next week and the proceeds go to the Simon Community for the homeless.

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    Kevin Walker, Pop Idol

    It was originally released in 1984, one of the highlights U2's classic album, The Unforgettable Fire. But that particular version first hit the airwaves in September of last year, during one of the final rounds of Swedish Idol.

    What makes it unusual is that the performer, who was born and bred in Sweden, is actually a compatriot of U2. His name is Kevin Walker. He was born in Orebo, Sweden, in 1989, but he speaks English with a Carlow accent! And not only is he an aspiring singer. He is also a professional footballer, eligible to play for both Sweden and Ireland!

    Are you intrigued? Well, we were! Which is why we asked Kevin to go into a studio in Sweden today! Kevin chats to Derek and Brenda about Swedish Idol, his football career, and his Irish connections.

    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.

    To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.

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