Mooney listeners have road-tested lingerie that it’s claimed can reduce cellulite as you wear it - find out today if it works! We invite you to step back in time and experience a glimpse of life in medieval Ireland on the thousandth anniversary of the death of High King Brian Ború. And Marty announces the winners of The Blind Boys of Alabama competition!
Today, we're going to come back to the the whole area of slimming underwear. Early in March, Reenagh McCall, Director of Embrace Lingerie was on the show.
Reenagh McCall is an Irish designer whose lingerie range has been seen on the catwalks of Paris and New York. In fact, she has won many awards for her work, including the Paris Ultra, Haute Couture Award for 'Most Creative Design'.
Part of her Embrace range of lingerie is called Slimming Embrace. And Reenagh claims that if you wear a pair of her leggings for 28 days, for up to eight hours a day, it will reduce cellulite!
We invited Reenagh into studio to explain the technology behind the lingerie - and we asked YOU to put the Embrace Slimming High Waist Leggings to the test!
Reenagh told us how the innovative new underwear allowed you to slim in your sleep. She claimed that clinical tests had shown a 76% slimming success rate, with reductions of up to 2cm after 28 days wear, if the underwear was worn for eight hours a day.
So we decided to do our own test with some Mooney listeners, and they have been road testing this slimming lingerie for us! Our testers were Claire Connelly, Jo Killen, Tamara Lawless and Melinda Mulligan. The 28-day testing period is now over, so Brenda catches up with our testers to find out how they got on...
Stockists of the Embrace slimming lingerie include BTs - Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Standun Galway & online at www.embracelingerie.com.
This year, 2014, will see two of the most significant historical anniversaries in many years.
In July, we will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, which turned out to be possibly the greatest world tragedy in history, certainly at that time.
But this month, April 2014, we will commemorate a uniquely Irish tragedy. 1000 years ago, on April 23rd 1014, Ireland's most famous high king lost his life at the battle of Clontarf.
Brian Ború achieved such legendary status that even now, a millennium after his death, he was referenced in the Queen's speech at Windsor Castle earlier this week.
Throughout this month, various celebrations will take place to mark the passing of Brian Ború. So we thought we'd take the opportunity to remind ourselves just who this man was.
And to that end, we're delighted to be joined by Professor Sean Duffy, Trinity College Professor of Irish history, and author of the definitive work on Ireland's last great monarch: Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf.
The National Museum of Ireland is marking this anniversary with a new exhibition entitled Clontarf 1014: Brian Boru and the Battle for Dublin. For more information, visit www.museum.ie.
Other events taking place include the Brian Boru Millennium Commemorations in Killaloe-Ballina, Co. Clare, from April 11th to 13th), and the FREE Battle of Clontarf Viking Festival 2014 (on Sat. April 19th & Sun. April 20th). For a full list of events taking place around the country, visit www.brianborumillennium.ie.
For the last couple of days on the programme, we've been playing a selection of entries into our competition in conjunction with Waltons New School of Music to find a choir to support The Blind Boys Of Alabama, when they appear at the National Concert Hall on May 21st.
And we're delighted that Aideen Walton, from Waltons New School Of Music, has joined us in studio to reveal who are our final three...
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.
National Dawn Chorus Day will take part on Sunday, May 18th 2014. If you are part of a group who will be taking part in a Dawn Chorus event in your local area, and want to register your event with us, please send full details - name, contact number, what will be happening and where, to email@example.com, with the subject line 'Dawn Chorus 2014'. And who knows, we may contact you during our Dawn Chorus broadcast!
Where will you be on National Dawn Chorus Day?
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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Presenter: Derek Mooney