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    Mooney, Wednesday February 5th 2014


    On Mooney today...

    We catch up with Ryan Dolan, Ireland's representative at last year's Eurovision Song Contest, we chat to Devon Harris, one of the original Jamaican bobsled team as featured in the movie Cool Runnings, Brenda finds out about the variety of ways in which you address your mother, and we discover out why a shark cull in Australia has caused so much controversy...

    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!


    Mammy, Ma, Mum or Mother

    Well, towards the end of the programme yesterday, a nerve seemed to be touched, on the subject of The Mother... How you address your mother? Do you call her Mum, Mother, Ma, Mammy , Mama, or even her first name?

    What, you call the person who reared you or what, they like to be called is a rather delicate subject. This morning, our reporter Brenda Donohue went out and about to ask people about how they address their maternal parent...


    Ryan Dolan

    Picture the scene: Malmo, Sweden. May 2013. The final of the Eurovision Song Contest. A young leather-clad man from Strabane strode out onto stage and sung his heart out for Ireland... 

    WE loved it. What a catchy tune, we thought. But it wasn’t to be. With only 5 points, Ireland came last. But Ryan Dolan was determined not to let that get him down.

    His forthcoming single is called Start Again, for a lot of reasons, and there is a very poignant music video accompanying the single, featuring two young gay teenagers.

    To tell us all about his new single, and indeed starting again, we're delighted to be joined in studio today by Ryan himself...


    The Jamaican Bobsled Team

    Last week on the show, we spoke about 'unlikely' competitors in the Winter Olympics who all hail from fairly 'tropical' countries, bereft of snow and ice. Well possibly the most famous of ALL the improbable stories is the Jamaican-Bobsled-Team’s debut at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

    It melted hearts all over the world. Disney knew a good story when it saw one - and turned the story into a movie: Cool Runnings, from 1993. 

    The bobsled is a four-man event and one of the men who was in the REAL Jamaican bobsled (not the movie bobsled) back in 1988 was bobsled driver, Devon Harris, and he joins us on the line today from New York!

    Devon Harris

    The 22nd Winter Olympics will take place in Sochi, Russia this month, beginning this Friday - for more information, visit And to visit the Facebook page of Devon Harris' KEEP ON PUSHING Foundation, click here.


    Life Down Under

    The Irish have been a major force in Australian life for many decades. Many Irish were transported to the other side of the world by the British, in the 19th century, sometimes for the most petty of crimes!

    But even since independence, the Irish have continued to embrace that trip "down under", sometimes out of economic necessity, sometimes, by choice.

    In fact, a major study by University College Cork, published in September of last year, showed that nearly half the people emigrating from Ireland these days are leaving full-time jobs to do so. And Australia remains a destination of choice for many of those Irish.

    To tell me more about life in Oz, we are joined on the line today by Nicole O'Connor, from Blarney in Cork, who has been now living in Australia for 13 years...

    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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