The Transylvanian craftsmen who are giving a whole new meaning to “sail bags” in Kinsale; The MOONEY show’s “Search for a Child Star” continues and “Dear Valentine” – tune in for a celebration of a century of love letters
Many listeners will recall a dramatic rescue operation off the coast of Cork last July. A Tall ship, the Astrid, ran aground with 30 sailors aboard, the majority of them trainees. Thankfully everybody on board survived the ordeal.
The Astrid itself has since been scrapped but the ship’s sails live on - in the shape of elegant, limited edition handbags...
Hungarian brothers Levente and Attila Magyar, who run Mamukko design in Kinsale, struck a deal with Astrid skipper Pieter de Kam to acquire seven sails retrieved from the sea six weeks after it ran aground off Kinsale. They put the material through a special washing process and crafted it at their workshop into a range of five unique handbag styles for the Astrid Collection. The original sail material was incorporated with brown leather, and each bag was emblazoned with the Astrid logo. “The material had very special characteristics, making each bag unique,” said Attila, who is Mamukko’s general manager. They sold all 35 bags in the range, with prices from €79 to €245, before Christmas, and are planning to make at least 25 more from the remaining material. “Most of them we sold online to people in Holland, including some to the wife of the vessel’s skipper — so in a way, part of the vessel has gone home,” said Atilla.
On Tuesday, February 11, producer Olan McGowan visited a new exhibition of Love Letters, which has just opened at the Centre for Creative Practices.
The Centre for Creative Practices is located at 15, Pembroke Street Lower, in Dublin 2, just off Baggot Street. The exhibition contains love letters of all kinds. The oldest letter on display was written in 1908 by a man called Henry Phillips to his fiancee, Nell Sawyer. The exhibition also contains letters specifically written for the event, as well as letters donated by those who received them.
The picture attached is a collection of jigsaw pieces, sent individually to a woman called Sarah Bracken by her now fiancée.
If you would like to visit the exhibition or subscribe to the newsletter of the Centre for Creative Practices, their contact details are as follows:
As you probably know by now, Shirley Temple very sadly died on Monday 10th February, 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! Remember Mickey Rooney??? Another great and long-lasting talent, throughout the last century.
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.
Put the title "search for a child star" on the subject field of your e-mail.
And who knows?? If you are good enough, we might find a special outlet for your talents.... ? There's a little concert we run on this show .... It takes place show twice a year, in a certain premiere theatre venue ..... With a certain top-class orchestra???
We are really looking forward to hearing all your entries. Closing Date for all entries is Friday 28th February 2014
This is a link to Hunter Hayes, the Country Music Singer,when he was age 4 singing with Hank Williams Jr.
Today's prize was a two-night weekend break for two people sharing one room in the beautiful 5-star Fota Island Resort near Cobh in County Cork. The prize includes breakfast on both mornings, afternoon tea AND complimentary passes to the Hotel’s Spa & Hydrotherapy Suite
Runners-up get a copy of “Birds of Ireland: A Field Guide by Jim Wilson and Mark Carmody”
And everyone who played the quiz today got a Mooney PRIDE watch.
Hedgerows: It is an offence 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'. For more information, click here.
UPDATE: February 29th 2016 - Press Release From BirdWatch Ireland:
Putting the record straight: Dates for burning and hedge-cutting have NOT changed
BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland’s largest conservation charity, is very concerned about misinformation that is currently circulating regarding the dates within which the burning of vegetation and cutting of hedges is permitted. It would like to remind landowners that all burning and cutting must cease on 29th February this year and that burning and cutting remains prohibited from 1st March to 31st August.
Despite attempts by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys T.D., to change the laws regulating these dates by introducing the Heritage Bill 2016 earlier this year, it is important to note that the proposed date changes were ultimately NOT made. This is because the bill failed to pass through both houses of the Oireachtas before the recent dissolution of the Dáil in advance of the general election.
The laws in place governing the dates for hedge-cutting and upland burning therefore remain unchanged. The period within which cutting and burning is prohibited are set down in Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976 (as amended in 2000), which states that:
(a) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy, during the period beginning on the 1st day of March and ending on the 31st day of August in any year, any vegetation growing on any land not then cultivated.
(b) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any vegetation growing in any hedge or ditch during the period mentioned in paragraph (a) of this subsection (above).
The existing law provides exemptions for road safety and other circumstances and should be read carefully to ensure compliance.
Section 40 of the Wildlife Act exists to protect nesting birds. Many of our upland bird species are in decline and are in danger of extinction in Ireland; amongst them is the Curlew, which has declined by 80%. Many birds which nest in hedgerows into August are also in serious decline, including the endangered Yellowhammer. The changes to the cutting and burning dates which had been proposed in the now-defunct Heritage Bill 2016 would have caused serious impacts to these birds. A petition launched by BirdWatch Ireland in conjunction with several other national conservation organisations to stop these changes attracted more than 16,200 signatures and rising.
BirdWatch Ireland would also like to advise members of the public that if they see hedges being cut or fires in the uplands on or after 1st March, such activity could be illegal. In such cases, we would encourage people to contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service (www.npws.ie) to report such activity.
BirdWatch Ireland warmly welcomes the demise of the Heritage Bill 2016 and sincerely hopes that any future administration will consider the importance of Ireland’s natural heritage and will not attempt to reintroduce such a flawed and damaging piece of legislation.
To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.
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