Everyone's favourite Big Brother winner, Brian Dowling, joins us in studio to cast his eye over the state of the nation. We find out why hypnotism is not about gently swinging watches or "looking into my eyes". And is bread good or bad for us? We explore this and other food issues with journalist Suzanne Campbell...
Since winning Big Brother in 2001, Kildare's Brian Dowling has become one of the UK's most popular TV presenters. From SMTV Live, he came full circle to present Big Brother himself. He's appeared as a guest on shows such as Hell's Kitchen, All Star Family Fortunes and Come Dine With Me - which he also won!
Shay Byrne & Brian Dowling
This afternoon he's our guest, as he joins us live in studio to talk about his latest gig, as presenter of TV3's new Saturday night entertainment show Sitting On A Fortune...
"Look into my eyes, my eyes, not around my eyes..."
Little Britain hypnotist Kenny Craig
Comedy aside, there are many myths about hypnotism - including the methods used to induce people into a state of hypnosis.
According to Nigel Brennan, clinical hypnotist with The Dublin Hypnosis Center, it's not about gently swinging a watch in the motion of a pendulum, or that whole lark about "look into my eyes".
It's far more subtle, more delicate, and less cheesy! Nigel joins us in studio this afternoon to explain...
For more information, visit www.hypnosisdublin.ie.
On Monday, Mooney producer Olan McGowan talked about what it's like to socialise in a wheelchair around Ireland. And we had an enormous response by text and e-mail.
We didn't get a chance to read out a lot of the texts that came in, so Olan has been going through a few of them, and is back in today with your reaction...
Olan talks about attachments for a manual wheelchair, which effectively turn it into a motorbike. Olan has one on order, and he says "these things are amazing. They open a huge range of possibilities for disabled people. Obviously, if you have a powered wheelchair already, you wouldn't have the same problem". They are available from www.mmsmedical.ie.
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 were glued to the Herring Gull nest on the Mooney website yesterday, and we couldn’t see more than one chick on camera at any one time. We had a feeling of dread at one stage as we thought the chick that was on camera looked quite large. Could it be that we had a cannibal chick...
Niall Hatch took a rather desperate call from us and he’s here in studio today with an update on our Herring Gull nest...
More and more people in this country enjoy spending their weekends browsing around farmers markets and food festivals - especially now that the good weather is here! "Shop local" is the message we're hearing again and again, as food security and environmental concerns come to the fore.
But last week Jay Rayner, the MasterChef star and BBC food critic, went a little off-message when he said that shopping at farmers markets is nothing more than a 'status symbol' for wealthy shoppers.
Instead, he praises large supermarket chains who offer cheap ingredients, and said that spending €18 on an organic chicken is similar to splashing out on a Chanel handbag.
Food and farming journalist Suzanne Campbell joins us in studio this afternoon to tell us more about how we buy food in Ireland, and to look at new figures on our retail behaviour...
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!
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