Rock'n'Roll kids Charlie McGettigan and Paul Harrington reflect on their Eurovision success twenty years ago, and Brenda Donohue accompanies a student teacher as he heads to the classroom for the first time!
However and wherever you celebrated it, we hope you had a very happy St. Patrick's Day yesterday! Brenda Donohue was the compère for the parade in Newbridge in Co. Kildare, and she tells Derek how she got on...
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On April 30th 1994, Dublin’s Point Theatre was the venue for the 39th Eurovision Song Contest. The hosts Cynthia Ní Mhurchu and Gerry Ryan introduced the third act: the song was written by Brendan Graham – and singing for Ireland, were Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan:
1994 was also the year Riverdance burst onto the stage as the interval act of the Eurovision.
So in a year that was great all round for Ireland, Paul & Charlie became the first group in Eurovision history to be awarded more than 200 points – with 226 points. They came in a whopping 66 points ahead of nearest rival Poland – and in doing so they managed to make it a hat trick for Ireland, the first country ever to get three wins in three consecutive years (following on the heels of Linda Martin in 1992, with Why Me, and Niamh Kavanagh with In Your Eyes in 1993).
Twenty years on, it’s only fitting that Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan are reuniting for a concert in Dublin's Sugar Club on April 7th to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Rock'n'Roll Kids, and we're delighted to say they are in studio with us today!
We'd love to hear your memories of that night in 1994 when Paul & Joe won the Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland - text them now to 51551 or e-mail email@example.com.
Paul has just started a regular night in The Sandbank in Clontarf last Friday. It’s called the Paul Harrington Supper Club. For €25 you get candlelit dinner and music from Paul, and that will continue each Friday until the end of May.
Charlie has a show on Shannonside Saturdays 101-12 and an Arts Show on Wednesdays 8-9pm. He will also be playing a gig in Carlow on Thursday at The Seven Oaks, tickets are €15.
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.
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 this Thursday, March 20th 2014 at 16:00.
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Last week, one of the contestants on the Mooney’s Wednesday Quiz was Richie O'Farrell from Blackrock, in Dublin. He didn’t win the quiz, but he did tell us that he was training to be a secondary school teacher and he was going to be teaching his first ever class the following week.
Well, that was today, and to help (or hinder) him on his way, we sent our reporter Brenda Donohue out to accompany him!
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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