It's the final day of Cheltenham, and our tipsters are on hand to cover the biggest race of the week, the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Environmentalist and filmmaker Dick Warner tells us about his new TV series, celebrating the beauty of Ireland's oldest national Park, Killarney National Park, in County Kerry. We find out about sightings of mammals in Lullymore, in Co. Kildare - and we find out why today is National Pi Day!
We'll be keeping an eye on all today's racing action from Cheltenham, in the company of RTÉ Racing's Michael Fortune and Barry Orr from Betfair. Tony Hehir will provide commentary on the 15:20 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1), and the 1600 Cga Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup. For more information on RTÉ's coverage of the Cheltenham Festival, visit www.rte.ie/sport/racing.
As we enter Saint Patrick’s weekend bracing ourselves for lots of garish green and all things kitsch, we want to draw your attention to an oasis of pure Irish beauty in the midst of all the pageantry...
The Park is a new four-part documentary series that will be starting on Sunday night on TV3. The series looks at a true gem in the Irish landscape - something we can all take pride in, as Irish people: Killarney National Park.
The narrator of the series is environmentalist, writer, and broadcaster Dick Warner, who joins us in studio today to tell us more about it...
The Park begins this Sunday, March 16th, at 8pm on TV3. For more information about the series, click here.
March is the month for mothers. That's why we here on Mooney want to make this coming Mother's Day extra special for yours. Mooney, the Sunday World and americanholidays.com are giving you the chance to win a Royal Carribean International Cruise for your mammy and a friend!
Whilst onboard they'll enjoy dazzling West End style shows, relax in the spa, or take shore leave in the Bahamas. To be in with a chance to win, all you have to do is enter!
All you have to do to nominate your mammy for this fabulous prize is simply upload a picture of your mammy and tell us in a few short words why she’s the best! Click here to enter! The closing date is Friday, March 21st 2014 at 14:00.
The prize includes:
For more information on how to enter the competition, click here.
Today is Pi Day, celebrated throughout the world on March 14th every year to highlight the mathematical symbol that is Pi.
Pi is the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet, but it’s more important than that. Every circle ever drawn, regardless of its size will always produce the magic number Pi when you divide its circumference by its diameter.
Pi is 3.141592653.
Mooney Goes Wild reporter and science teacher Terry Flanagan is in studio to explain more...
Join Mooney in our Eurovision Green Room at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Saturday, May 10th 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.
We had an e-mail recently from the Irish Peatland Conservation Council, who are based in Lullymore Co. Kildare, to inform us of sightings of two new mammals in the area.
Although both these mammals are resident in other parts of the country, they had not been spotted in that area of Co. Kildare for many years and for both to be recorded at the same time certainly caused a stir at the Centre.
What could be the cause of their appearance and what would be the chance of them colonizing the area? We sent our reporter, Terry Flanagan, off to the bog where he met up with the Education Officer of the IPCC, Nuala Madigan...
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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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