Brenda meets one of her childhood idols, heart-throb David Essex, three listeners play Mooney's Wednesday Quiz, and we've music from British jazz singer Clare Teal...
At the end of yesterday’s programme, Brenda Donohue told us that today she would be broadcasting from the Traveller Pride Awards, and she would come face to face with her teenage crush – the one and only Mr David Essex!
David is over in Dublin as a guest of honour at the Traveller awards.
The Traveller Pride Awards celebrate the achievements and contributions that Travellers have made in their own community and to Irish society. Brenda has just finished at the awards, and joins us this afternoon with award-winners, and special guest David Essex!
Ella Fitzgerald is many people's favourite jazz singer of all time, and if you play the video above, you'll be able to watch her singing the classic Manhattan, in 1965.
The middle of the last century gave us some extraordinary names in jazz singing. Names like Nancy Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Billie Holiday.
Being a jazz singer is one of the most difficult careers you could possibly choose. The standard is so high, most ordinary singers don't even pass the bottom rung!
But in recent years, one English woman has climbed the ladder to the top of the British jazz scene.
She is the former presenter of BBC Radio Two's Big Band Special, she is a favourite of her former BBC colleague, Michael Parkinson. And in recent years, she's been crowned British jazz vocalist of the year, and BBC jazz vocalist of the year!
Clare Teal joins us in studio today to chat about her life and music - and appearing at Mooney Tunes 10 on Friday!
To find out more about Clare Teal, visit her website: http://www.clareteal.co.uk/.
We were very impressed when we heard Powerscourt Gardens in County Wicklow has recently been voted no. 3 in the World's Top Ten Gardens by the National Geographic.
In fact, seven of the gardens were in European countries. The Chateau de Versailles in France and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, England came first and second on the list.
Other gardens included the Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island in British Columbia and Villa d'Este in Tivoli, Italy.
The Japanese Gardens in Powerscourt
So if you have never been to Powerscourt, you might just be wondering what it is that makes it so special?
We decided to send out our gardening expert, Dermot O'Neill, to meet the head gardener there, Michael Byrne, and to see what all the fuss is about!
Upcoming events in Powerscourt Gardens include the Annual Rose festival and an outdoor performance of The Jungle Book. To learn more about the gardens and events at Powerscourt visit their website www.powerscourt.com.
It's Mooney, it's Wednesday, so it must be time for Mooney's Wednesday Quiz! And we have a fabulous prize up for grabs this afternoon...
Our prize today is a two-night weekend break in the luxury 4-star Brehon Hotel in lovely Killarney, located on the doorstep of Killarney’s National Park; the prize includes breakfast on both mornings, and dinner on an evening of our winner's choice in the hotel's award winning Danu Restaurant.
For more informaton on the Brehon Hotel visit www.thebrehon.com.
We are organising a singles night out for our listeners who are over 35! The where and when is still being finalised, but if you are interested in joining in the fun, then send us an e-mail! Let us know your age, gender, and if you are single. You must be available to travel to the venue at your own expense. Please send your e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line 'Singles Night Out'. And keep listening for further information!
We're giving you the opportunity to win a fabulous 'Selfie' prize. All you have to do is take a selfie like the one below, log on to www.sundayworld.com and send it in. It's as simple as that!
Sunway Holidays, Ireland's largest 100% Irish-owned tour operator with over 70 destinations worldwide, has teamed up with Sutter Home and the Sunday World to give away a holiday to the Westin Verasa Napa Valley, in California for five nights, for two people.
Our winners will embark on a wonderful journey through California's Central Coast. With over 300 miles of breathtakingly beautiful coastline and 14,333 square miles of spectacular California landscape, there is so much so see and do.
The Westin Napa Valley is located on the riverbank in the heart of downtown Napa and within walking distance to more than fifteen Napa wine tasting rooms, numerous restaurant and dining options, and surrounded by plenty of boutique and specialty shopping.
Replenish your spirit and sense of fun this season at The Westin Verasa Napa Hotel with Sunway, and experience all that downtown Napa has to offer. Experience the bloom of spring, the peak of summer, the autumn harvest or the cozy ambience of winter in luxury at this Napa Valley hotel.
Fly with Sunway Holidays, the USA specialists, and Aer Lingus to California. Aer Lingus fly five times a week direct from Dublin to San Francisco. For more information on fares and schedules visit aerlingus.com.
Prize also includes:
Log on to www.sundayworld.com and send in your selfie for a chance to win this fabulous prize!
Entrants must be 18 or over.
Mooney Tunes is back! Tickets for Mooney Tunes 10 went on sale recently, and just a limited number remain...
Can you believe it? It's time for Mooney Tunes again, and astonishingly, we are approaching our tenth concert! It all started in September 2009, at the National Concert Hall. The very first Mooney Tunes featured music such as Send In The Clowns, The Anvil Chorus and even the theme from Hawaii Five-O. Over the last nine concerts, there hasn't been any genre of music we haven't covered. We've done a lot of classical favourites, we've had arias and choruses from some of the greatest operas ever written.
Tickets to Mooney Tunes 10 range from €10 to €39.50, and can be booked in person at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin (no booking fee), or by calling Ticketmaster on 0818 719 377 (booking fee applies). For more information about Mooney Tunes 10, visit the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre website or the Ticketmaster website.
Mooney Tunes 10 will be a 'Best Of' the music and songs from previous Mooney Tunes concerts.
Earlier this year, we launched our competition to find Ireland's newest child star. The competition was open to boys and girls who were aged 10 years old or under. We asked you to record a piece that was no more than three minutes long, and e-mail it in to us.
The finalists, in no particular order, are:
- Hannah Kinsella (9 years old, from Lucan, Co. Dublin) with Pushover
- Nikki Brown (8 years old, from Saggart, Co. Dublin) with Colours Of The Wind
- Anna Lily Fox (6 years old, from Ballinalee, Co. Longford) with a Johnny Cash medley
- Laoise Farrell (9 years old, from Ogonnolloe. Co. Clare) with The Call
- Alannah Bermingham (10 years old, from Kilmacud, Dublin) with Colours Of The Wind
The date for the final will be announced shortly and the winner will perform at our Christmas Mooney Tunes concert.
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