Well, ‘tis the season as they say – to plan a wedding!
Hotels up and down the country are hosting wedding fairs at the minute - and they’re trying to entice brides-and-grooms-to-be with the quirkiest, most elegant or best-value deals around. Most summer brides will buy their wedding dress around now… and the start of the New Year sees engaged couples ramp up their efforts to tick everything off the list before the Big Day.
Naoise McNally is the Managing Editor of OneFabDay.com, a wedding website that has gone from being a hobby into a full-time business, employing eight people.
The website is updated 3 or 4 times a day. It’s like a really professional blog. They feature photoshoots of ‘quirky’ weddings from Ireland and around the world which can offer lots of fashion/venue/design tips for brides.
The second part of the website is their 21 ‘advertising partners’ – they are all listed on the right-hand side of the webpage. They are people like photographers, hairdressers, boutiques, planners, florists, accessory shops etc. OneFabDay won’t just partner up with anybody, the partner must fit the ‘ethos’ of OneFabDay. The partner pays an annual fee to be listed and they can ‘pitch’ to be featured in ‘free’ feature articles on the website. All the editorial content of OneFabDay is original. Check out http://onefabday.com/
Also there was mention during the programme of interfaith marriages and second marriages and if you would like more information on ceremonies which are not traditional Church ceremonies, there are 14 One Spirit Interfaith Ministers in Ireland. Many people want more than a civil ceremony but don't want to go down the traditional Religious route. For more information see http://www.interfaithministers.ie/Irish_Interfaith_Ministers/Welcome.html
Long before the Spice Girls, B*Witched and the Sugarbabes, The Nolan Sisters were the biggest girl group in Britain and Ireland.
The 6 sisters, with roots in Dublin, were one of the first pop acts from Ireland to achieve international success. In fact there was a time, in the Late 70’s and Early 80’s when the Nolan sisters were regular guests on show like Top of The Pos, The Two Ronnies and Morecombe and Wise.
The Nolans may have come across as 6 squeaky clean, wholesome Catholic girls but that was far from the truth.
There was a darker side to their story which involved sexual abuse, commercial exploitation and personal tragedy.
Producer/Director David Blake Knox has made a documentary on The Nolans which airs tonight on RTE1 at 9.35.
We were in County Cork last Thursday, broadcasting from the lovely town of Cobh. And one of our guests was Jim Wilson, who is well known to the Mooney Goes Wild audience.
Anyway, after the show, Jim went into his "proud daddy" mode, telling us all about his son, Barry. Barry, a drummer put up a video on YouTube which has now received nearly a million hits. The video features Barry playing along to a song called Levels by Avicii.
Barry is in our Cork Studio and will demonstrate some of his techniques for us.
To see the YouTube video go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYLi4NaoiDg
We got an email from a listener, Paul Quinn from Co Clare, whose youtube videos have been causing somewhat of a stir lately. His latest one features an acoustic cover of our National Anthem.
His Facebook page contains more information: https://www.facebook.com/PaulQuinnMusic
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