Paul G. Sheridan updates us on Eurovision preparations and how dancers in Ireland can get involved. We chat to a man who has an incredible hearing ability. And the finalists in the Mooney/ Sunday World D'Mammy competition talk about why their mother is so special!
How good is your hearing? We carry out a little experiment today with Mooney producer Fergus Sweeney and reporter Katriona McFadden, and talk to one man, John Harris, who has a phenomenal listening ability!
We hope you enjoyed our little bit of fun today, as you can probably tell - this story was COMPLETELY made up!
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:
Monday, March 24th 2014
True or false: this coming Sunday is Mother's Day?
If you think you know the answer, call or text the competition line:
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text MOONEY followed by your answer and name to 57111 (NI and ROI)
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March is the month for mothers, what with Mothering Sunday occuring THIS Sunday, March 30th, and for the past few weeks we have been running a competition to find D'Mammy Of The Year 2014! Mooney, the Sunday World and americanholidays.com wanted to give you a chance to win a Royal Carribean International Cruise for your mammy and a friend!
The prize includes:
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 we asked you to do was enter! To do so, we asked you to upload a picture of your mammy and tell us in a few short words why she’s the best!
Last Thursday at 3pm the voting lines closed, and four fabulous mammies were shortlisted. The names of those lucky four mammies were revealed in yesterday's Sunday World, and our reporter Brenda Donohue has been finding out more about them!
The Final Four!
Mammy 1: The nominee is Morgan Kinsella and the Mum is Breda Kinsella from Tallaght, Dublin
Mammy 2: The nominee is Eileen Teeling and the Mum is Eileen Clarke from Ballyfermot, Dublin
Mammy 3: The nominee is Wayne Fitzgerald and the Mum is Sandra Fitzgerald from Drimagh, Dublin
Mammy 4: The nominee is Aimee McCormack from Limerick and the Mum is Eleanor McCormack
If you think one of these amazing mums should win the prize, then vote for your one now, by simply logging onto www.sundayworld.com/lifestyles/competitions! The voting lines close on Wednesday, March 26th at 5pm.
This year’s Eurovision will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, with Can-linn feat. Kasey Smith competing for Ireland in the second semi-final on Thursday, May 8th with Heartbeat:
This afternoon, our very own EuroGuru Paul G is with us to tell us some breaking news: the running orders for the semi finals have been decided! And we also want to let you know how you can either sing or dance in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.
Calling All Dancers!
The Eurovision Song Contest organisers are seeking selfie submissions from fans who would like to take part in the Eurovision Song contest night! If interested, you should submit a selfie of yourself either singing or dancing. You should upload it onto the website www.joinus.dk ('Join us' is the slogan for the 2014 Eurovision). They also have a very easy to follow tutorial available on www.joinus.dk.
The entries that Paul mentioned are Armenia (which is currently the favourite):
Austria (one of the most-talked about):
Denmark (the hosts):
and the UK:
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.
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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