Cartoonist and caricaturist Niall O'Loughlin reveals some secrets of the sketcher, one Irish mega fan celebrates his odyssey following Bob Dylan around the world for the past 30 years, and we look at the challenges faced by wheelchair users when socialising in pubs, venues and nightclubs...
Shay chats to Brenda Donohue and caricaturist Niall O'Loughlin about the good weather and how we celebrate it, the forthcoming movie Jersey Boys, double-seats in cinemas, the movie Frozen and Father's Day!
The last time caricaturist Niall O'Loughlin was on the programme he brought with him a picture of Derek. And none of Brenda! So he decided to make amends and he has brought one in with him today! Niall O'Loughlin joins Shay in studio for a chat about how to draw caricatures...
Niall's caricature of Brenda Donohue!
Whilst Neil Francis was on the show in February, we received an e-mail from listener Niall O'Loughlin, which read "I am a caricaturist, have a look at the attachment I've sent you". We opened it to reveal this fantastic sketch of Neil Francis in a tutu ...
Michael D. Higgins
Hank from 'Breaking Bad'
Actor Dean Norris receives a caricature of his 'Breaking Bad' character Hank from artist Niall O'Loughlin
And Niall's pièce de résistance: our very own Derek Mooney
Fans of Bob Dylan, troubadour extraordinaire, will know that the maestro is in Ireland this week playing Dublin's O2 and the Marquee in Cork. Dylan devotees will also know that it is an astonishing 52 years since he released his first album.
But what they may not know is that when RTÉ’s own Brian Lally heads to Cork to attend Bob's concert tonight, it will be thirty years to the day since he went to his first Bob Dylan gig – which led him into a life as a die-hard "Bob-Cat", and he joins us in studio to chat about his admiration for Mr. Robert Zimmerman...
Our friend and producer Olan McGowan is a very sociable type! But recently, up in the office, he was chatting informally about a few things he was supposed to attend recently, but couldn't, due to lack of wheelchair access.
The rest of the team were a little taken aback. Like most people, we were under the impression that every venue, or restaurant, or pub, or nightclub had to provide wheelchair access in this day and age.
But not so, it seems! Far from it! So if you have a family member, or a friend, or colleague, who is a wheelchair user - or if you're a wheelchair user yourself - listen up. Because Olan has been digging into the legislation surrounding wheelchair access, and he joins Derek in studio today to tell us what he's uncovered...
Various stairclimbers as described by Olan McGowan on Mooney this afternoon
We also decided to talk to some wheelchair users to find out their experiences. So researcher Michele Browne went to Dun Laoghaire where she spoke to Colm Whooley and Joan Carty, who are respectively CEO and counsellor for Spinal Injuries Ireland. She then went to meet another wheelchair user, Graham Bolger.
Some useful websites:
Irish Wheelchair Association Information Office
Assist Ireland is an arm of the Citizens Information Board, and they have an online resource providing information on daily living aids, mobility aids and assistive technology, along with a directory of products available in Ireland: http://www.assistireland.ie/eng/
The National Disability Authority
The National Disability Authority is the statutory body governing standards in this area. http://www.nda.ie/
The Equality Authority
For information about the Equal Status Act, the equality act and the employment equality act, you can contact the Equality Authority: http://www.equality.ie/en/
And we also received this e-mail into the office, from listener Dee:
My name is Dee Hoey and since 2005, following a brain tumor operation, I am a wheelchair user. I live in Bohernabreena, near Tallaght, Dublin 24. I like to go out and I have found, over the years, that it very difficult, when going out, to find an accessible venue.
I have started a blog, wheeloutandabout.wordpress.com of different restaurants, pubs, hotels etc. giving a brief review of what I have found. The blog has had well over 700 views and it is aimed at wheelchair users, but can be useful to people with buggies, walker users, people on crutches and if your generally less-able on your feet!
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 email@example.com, with the subject line 'Singles Night Out'. And keep listening for further information!
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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