Yesterday, Eamon Dunphy promised live on Mooney to wear a dress if Brazil win the World Cup. Needless to say, we are shouting for Brazil in tonight's World Cup Semi-Final against Germany! Brenda Donohue goes to meet some of Dublin's Brazilian community.
We find out about the beached whales in Donegal.
And we meet the woman in Achill Island whose engagement ring turned up in a field of spuds 18 years after being lost. Did it really enter one end of a cow and leave through the other? Katriona McFadden investigates!
Some shows give away prizes you can only dream of, but on this show we give away prizes that actually help you dream!
We're teaming up with Irish owned Respa Beds, who have 67 years of bed manufacturing expertise - and with a leading Gel Producer they've developed a new cooling gel for the Irish market that helps balance your sleeping temperature to cut out all that twisting and turning so you get to enjoy a night of restful sleep.
Thanks to them, we've the ultimate mattress in terms of technology and engineering to give away on the show each day this week - it's the brand new Respa Gel mattress, the ultimate in achieving a good night’s sleep – and one product in their 2014 collection of a wide range of beds and mattresses all designed right here in Ireland and available through www.respabeds.ie!
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On yesterday's show, RTÉ soccer pundit Eamon Dunphy promised that if Brazil won the World Cup this year, he would come back on Mooney next week - wearing a dress! So needless today, we are all Team Brasil today! Last night, Brenda Donohue headed along to the Language Exchange in DTwo on Harcourt Street in Dublin to find out how the Brazilian community in Ireland think the Seleção will fare in the first Semi-Final, against Germany, in Belo Horizonte tonight...
Brenda at the Language Exchange last night
Very disturbing news emerged from Donegal recently, when thirteen pilot whales became stranded on a beach. Local people have been trying to save the whales, trying to encourage them back into the water, keeping them hydrated. But it appears as though it has all in vain, and the last of the whales looks like it will die over the next few hours.
The message from the experts, however, is "let nature take its course". These strandings are a regular occurrence, and very much a mystery to us. To explain more, we're joined from the beach in question - Ballyness Bay, Falcarragh in Co. Donegal - by Pat Baughan, wildlife ranger with the National Parks and Wildlife Service in the north-west...
Last Thursday we told you about Lois Matykowski from Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Five years ago her wedding ring went missing and, after searching for it, she gave up on ever finding it. That is until her pet pooch, Tucker, ate an icepop recently, stick and all - and then promptly vomited it all up. When Lois went to clean up the vomit, what did she see gleaming at her in the middle of all the 'unpleasantness', only her wedding ring?!
She was delighted to have it back - and her vet told her that it was probably the wooden stick of the icepop that finally dislodged the wedding ring from the dog's stomach.
And we asked you for YOUR stories of things that were lost and found – and we received all manner of tales... but one in particular really caught our eye. It came in from listener Paddy Gallagher, who wrote in to tell us how his mother Kathleen's engagement ring turned up eighteen years after it was lost - and what happened to it, and the manner in which it was found, amazed us so much that we sent Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden over to Achill to find out more...
Kathleen and Geoffrey Gallagher
The Achill engagement ring
Just before 4pm came the news that NO Garth Brooks will be taking place this month at Croke Park in Dublin. The statement from Aiken Promotions reads:
It is with great regret that Aiken Promotions today announce that the 5 concert Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event at Croke Park has been cancelled. No concerts will take place.
The ticket return process will be outlined tomorrow.
Aiken Promotions have exhausted all avenues regarding the staging of this event.
We are very disappointed for the 400,000 fans who purchased tickets for The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event.
We talk to listener Roisin, who we first met in Dungannon when she queued for five days to be sure of securing a ticket...
We had a great reaction to Aslan last week. Guitarist Billy McGuinness and singer Christy Duignam were here, along with the rest of the band: Rod O'Brien on bass guitar, Alan Downey on drums, and Joe Jewel on guitar.
We played their brilliant current single, I Need A Little Time. But before they came on air, the lads recorded an acoustic piece, just for us. It's called This Time, and was originally recorded for their 1994 album, Goodbye Charlie Moonhead. We hear that song this afternoon...
For the past two years, Mooney have teamed up with Irish Rail for their "The Journey's On Us" giveaway. As part of this initiative, Iarnród Éireann will provide 100 groups with free return rail for up to 50 people per group.
It's a brilliant initiative and what we found over the last two years is it provides a fantastic day out for community, voluntary and charity groups.
Mooney reporter Brenda Donohue is in Céannt Railway Station in Galway for the launch of The Journey’s On Us 2014
PRESS RELEASE: THE JOURNEY’S ON US!
IARNRÓD ÉIREANN TO OFFER FREE TRIPS FOR COMMUNITY, VOLUNTARY & CHARITY GROUPS IN 2014
Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail has launched the 2014 programme for The Journey’s On Us, an initiative to support organisations and groups in the voluntary, community, sporting and charity sector.
"The Journey's On Us" will provide 100 groups with a free group travel return journey for up to 50 people per group during 2014, meaning 5,000 free journeys are on offer across the company's services. The travel facilities will be ideal in particular for organisations bringing a group to a special event, or as part of a specific support to the members of the group which requires travel.
Iarnród Éireann Chief Executive David Franks said "Voluntary organisations are the life blood of communities across the country. However, like everyone, their budgets have been cut. We know there are youth, sports, music, voluntary, charity and other groups in the community who would benefit greatly from being able to undertake initiatives which involve a travel cost, but have had to scale back. We in Iarnród Éireann, through The Journey's On Us, want to do what we can to help such groups achieve their goals, and say thank you to the organisations which play such a vital role in the daily lives of communities. The initiative is now in its third year with the interest and amount of groups applying has grown significantly each year, which we are absolutely delighted with."
The company has today invited all community, voluntary, sporting and charity groups to apply for the 100 group travel trips available. Entry forms are available at all Iarnród Éireann stations or online at www.irishrail.ie/journeys . Entry forms can be filled out online, emailed email@example.com or by post to Corporate Communications, Iarnród Éireann, Connolly Station, Dublin 1. The closing date for receipt of entries is Monday July 14th, at 16.30hrs.
Last year, over 750 groups applied for the scheme, and organisations ranging from Men's Sheds to choirs, Special Olympics to Girl Guides, and groups representing youth and elderly, benefited from "The Journey's On Us". Last year Iarnród Éireann offered for the first time a special prize for the winning group that submitted the most interesting and inspirational account of their day travelling with them. The winner of the prize was Special Hands Activity Group from Kelly, Co. Meath.
The initiative is being supported nationally by RTÉ Radio 1's Mooney, and Brenda Donohue is joining customers and staff at Ceannt Railway Station, Galway today to launch "The Journey's On Us" 2014. They were joined by Galway Community Circus who were a winner of one of the trips last year. Mooney will also feature successful groups throughout the year.
All applications will be considered by an adjudicating panel and successful groups will be notified from July onwards. For further information and to see terms and conditions please log onto www.irishrail.ie/journeys.
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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Presenter: Derek Mooney