25 years on, we remember all those who died in the Hillsborough tragedy. Katriona McFadden feasts on food that was destined for the scrapheap. We find out more about the growing area of moob reduction. And we’ll be hearing about some of the most memorable movie endings of all time...
There are very few sounds more moving than a chorus of tens of thousands of voices, joined in unison, sharing a common bond. You'll Never Walk Alone, the anthem of Liverpool Football Club, is the supreme example of this experience.
If you play the above video, you'll hear the combined voices of 52,000 Liverpool and Celtic fans, recorded at the Aviva Stadium, in Dublin. And each and every one of those fans will, at this moment, be pausing for a moment's reflection.
On this day, 25 years ago, a tragedy of unparalleled magnitude took place at the Hillsborough football stadium in Sheffield, England. The occasion was the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest - an occasion of great celebration for both clubs. But an occasion which became a tragic turning point in the history of football, both in England and internationally.
The Hillsborough disaster, where 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives, sent shockwaves through the nation that brought the game of association football the world. Its reverberations were felt not just in the English game, but in every nation in the world where the game of soccer is played, enjoyed and cherished.
The semi-final kicked off at the traditional time of 3pm. But even at that stage, and during the opening minutes of the game, it was clear to many that a potentially horrific situation was unfolding.
At six minutes past three, the game was abandoned. And over the coming hours, the full and unbelievable horror began to emerge.
You'll Never Walk Alone has been recorded by many artists. It was originally from the musical Carousel, and producer Olan McGowan joins Derek in studio to tell us a little more about the song...
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It's always nice when a dinner invitation comes in the post, so we were very excited when an organisation called 'Foodcloud' invited us to a 'Feast', no less, in Smock Alley Theatre in Temple Bar last week! But on further reading of the invitation, it turned out to be 'dinner with a difference'...
The entire menu would be cooked from supermarket surplus and ingredients that would ordinarily be thrown away in an effort to highlight food waste.
The Foodcloud Feast was attended by 160 people, all of whom paid €37 for a three-course meal - so Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden put on her best frock and went along.
The first person she met was co-founder of Foodcloud, Iseult Ward. The 23-year-old Trinity graduate organised the whole event and she told Katriona what 'Foodcloud' is all about...
For more information about Foodcloud, visit www.foodcloud.ie.
Pictured above are three well known, bare-chested males - Simon Cowell, John Travolta and Arnold Swarzenegger.
And when you look at their upper bodies, they’re not exactly ideal specimens of the male body. All three are showing signs of their age with prominent beer bellies, sagging skin, and what are called "man boobs" or "moobs".
We don't know if any of the aforementioned have ever considered having cosmetic work done on their chests but apparently male breast reduction is on the increase. Even here in Ireland.
Recently Derek visited the Venus Medical Beauty Clinic in Dundrum, in Dublin, to talk to John. John is a 30-year-old IT engineer, who had the procedure done last October...
And Derek also talked to Dr. Peter Prendergast (pictured above), President of the European College of Aesthetic Medicine and co-founder of Venus Medical Beauty. Dr. Prendergast performs what’s technically referred to as Vaser Lipoplasty (or ultra sound assisted Lipoplasty) in reducing male breast size...
For more information about the procedure, visit www.venusmedical.ie.
Last week, we looked at the idea of happiness – and Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life, this song from Monty Python's Life Of Brian was mentioned as the ultimate example of positive thinking and smiling through adversity. It is also one of the landmark movie endings of the last 50 years – and it's in good company...
From Rick Blaine's "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship" (ending Casablanca), to Scarlett O'Hara's "I'll go home and I'll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day!", ending the epic Gone With The Wind, to Norma Desmond's classic "You see, this is my life. It always will be! There's nothing else - just us - and the cameras - and those wonderful people out there in the dark. All right, Mr. De Mille, I'm ready for my close-up", many's a movie saves the best line till last.
Joining us in studio today with his top movie endings is Michael Doherty Entertainment Editor with the RTÉ Guide...
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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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