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    Mooney Tuesday 11 February 2014

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    On Mooney today

    We hear about a special Eurovision party to which Mooney listeners will be invited, Brenda finds out how a telephone call is cheering people up in Kildare and we find out about an innovative language learning initiative in Wexford

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    Eurovision Song Contest 2014

    THE MOONEY EUROVISION GREEN ROOM PARTY

    Join the MOONEY show in our Eurovision Green Room at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on Saturday 10th May 2014. The party takes place in the Circle Club.

    If you want to be there all you have to do is tell us in not more than forty words why you and a friend or friends LOVE the Eurovision. All entrants/attendees must be over 18. If you are lucky enough to receive a golden invitation to our EUROVISION GREEN ROOM you will get to see all the action as it happens live from Copenhagen.

    • Tickets will be allocated to couples and groups of four people.
    • All attendees must make their own way to and from the venue.
    • There is no cash alternative to this prize.
    • Closing date for receipt of entries is 25th April 2014
    • Usual RTE terms and conditions apply.
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    Search for a Child Star

    As you probably know by now, Shirley Temple very sadly died yesterday, aged 85. But although any death is a sad occasion, in the case of Shirley Temple, there is so much to celebrate about her truly remarkable life.

    Well, they say when one door closes, another one opens. And by way of honouring the memory of Shirley Temple, we on MOONEY are launching a search for a new stage prodigy for the 21st century. .... A bright young star to join the long list of youngsters who have brightened up our screens, our stages, and our music players over the decades. In short, were looking for the next Shirley Temple, if you’re a girl. Or the next Mickey Rooney, if you’re a boy!

     So, what exactly are we looking for?

    • Well, you must be under 10 years of age.
    • You must be prepared to demonstrate your talent to the world. And by talent, we are keeping the door wide open for singers, comedians, yodellers, ventriloquists.............. well, it's radio. Maybe not ventriloquists!
    • And you must, of course, have the permission of your parents.

    How do you enter? Well, much like our "singing in the shower" competition, we want you to record yourself doing your little routine, no more than 3 minutes duration.

    You can record on your iPhone, your smart phone, your computer, if it has the facility or even a more professional facility, if you want. And then e-mail your entry to moooney@rte.ie. Put the title "search for a child star" on the subject field of your e-mail.

    The winner will get to perform in our next Mooney Tunes Concert.

    We are really looking forward to hearing all your entries.

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    Band Auditions

    Linda Martin and Stuart O’Connor launched the search for the definitive boy/girl band on Sunday last in Dublin city centre.Young hopefuls travelled from all over the country to the Academy in Dublin to audition

    Linda and Stuart were on the show last week, telling us about their plans for the band.

    They are very specific in what they are looking for ...3 boys and 2 girls, dancers first, singers then, very good looking and chatty.

    Brenda Donohue went along to the auditions and met some of the young hopefuls.

    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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    Please DO NOT send any live, dead or skeletal remains of any creature whatsoever to Mooney Goes Wild.

    If you find an injured animal or bird, please contact the National Parks & Wildlife Service on 1890 20 20 21, or BirdWatch Ireland, on 01 281-9878, or visit www.irishwildlifematters.ie

     

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