Are you a fan of Eurovision? We tell you how you could win a Golden Ticket to our Eurovision Green Room Party at Dublin's Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on May 10th! Style and Fashion journalist Darren Kennedy talks about the latest trends on the high street, Brenda Donohue finds out about social jiving and we meet the middle aged couple who are embarking on a gap year...
We've €1,000 to give away today to save or spend as you please, take a break from your bills, or a make a break to the sun, it's up to you!
For your chance to win the cash, answer the following competition question:
Thursday, March 20th 2014
True or false: Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren are all famous fashion designers?
If you think you know the answer, call or text the competition line:
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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 TODAY, Thursday, March 20th 2014 at 16:00.
The prize includes:
For more information on how to enter the competition, click here.
Garth Brooks seems to have us all jiving again, and not only at the cross roads! His comeback concerts have sparked a dance craze that is being taught in many parts of the country.
And our own home grown talents, like Derek Ryan, Nathan Carter and Mike Denver are not only topping the iTunes charts, but filling dance floors everywhere.
But you do need certain skills to dance properly to this type of music - and that’s where social jiving comes in. Our reporter Brenda Donohue went to one such class in the The Well in Moate, Co Westmeath last week, where her dance teacher was Niall Doorhy...
Brenda with Niall Doorhy
Brenda with Niall Doorhy
Brenda with Niall Doorhy
Brenda gets into the swing of things on the dancefloor!
How would you like to sail away with the love of your life for an adventure of a life time? Last week, we received an e-mail from a couple that had decided to do just that. They said:
"Hi Derek, My wife Nuala and I are off on what we call a Gap Year soon... My contract with my employer ended when I was 60 last year. I suddenly found myself facing early retirement or having to look for another job so I decided I would take a year off to see where I would go from here and what was I going to do with the rest of my life. Luckily my very supportive wife got 11 months leave of absence from her employer St Vincent de Paul. So we are off on an adventure to get from Paris to Berlin by boat."
Adrian and Nuala Gallagher join us in studio this afternoon to tell us all about their upcoming adventure! And if you would like to follow their travels, then visit their blog: www.adrianandnualasgapyear.com.
Darren Kennedy is the resident fashion expert on ITV’s This Morning, working alongside Eamon Holmes and Ruth Langsford. A former alumni of Mooney Goes Wild, Darren is included in the current RTÉ Guide's guide to the "Young, Gifted and Irish".
Hello Magazine tipped him as 'One to Watch for 2014' - and then gave him a job as a blogger! It’s been a crazy few months for the Fashion Journalist, Stylist and TV Presenter but we're delighted that he's back in with us today!
For more information about Darren, and to find out his style tips, best buys and competition, visit www.helpmystyle.ie.
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
Presenter: Derek Mooney