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    Mooney, Wednesday August 6th 2014

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    On Mooney today...

    Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh discovers the busiest department in St James's Hospital: a unit dealing exclusively with falls and blackouts. We find out about a fascinating new app that allows you to scan a barcode on a headstone to discover all about the individual lying below your feet. And George Hamilton, on things you didn't know about George Hamilton! Multi-linguist, former BBC commentator and orchestral principal cellist! He joins Derek in studio this afternoon...

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    George Hamilton

    It all seems so long ago now, doesn't it? Spain and England went home early, Brazil suffered their worst ever defeat, but the performances of some of the lesser-celebrated footballing nations delighted all fans of the beautiful game this summer.

    For RTÉ, George Hamilton described the moment that the whole of Germany will treasure for a very long time – their footballers lifting the World Cup last month.

    George Hamilton

    George covers many sporting events for RTÉ, including football and rugby and he can also be heard every Saturday morning on our sister channel, RTÉ Lyric fm, where he presents The Hamilton Scores (www.rte.ie/lyricfm/the-hamilton-scores).

    He joins us in studio to chat about life, work, and his memories of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 

    Germany celebrate winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup

    The football website that George mentions is www.dangerhere.com.

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    Behind The Scenes At St. James' Hospital

    In the second of three reports from St. James' Hospital in Dublin, Bláthnaid ni Chofaigh continues to look around the largest academic hospital in Dublin. Did you know that St. James is one of the oldest - when it opened in 1727, those on the board of the hospital included Arthur Guinness and Dean Swift...

    Singles Night Out!

    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 mooney@rte.ie, with the subject line 'Singles Night Out'. And keep listening for further information!

    Search For A Child Star Finalists

    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.

    To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.

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    Please DO NOT send any live, dead or skeletal remains of any creature whatsoever to Mooney Goes Wild.

    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

     

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    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: Ireland's Call
      Composer: Coulter, Phil
      Performer(s): Claudia Boyle And Rté Concert Orchestra
      Performer(s): Claudia Boyle And Rté Concert Orchestra
      Album: RTE
      Duration: 3:44
    • Title: Sea Song
      Composer: Hannigan, Lisa
      Performer(s): Lisa Hannigan (Vocal)
      Performer(s): Lisa Hannigan (Vocal)
      Album: Lisa Hannigan: Sea Sew, Lisa Hannigan, Lhcd001
      Duration: 3:23
    • Title: Atlantic Avenue
      Composer: No Details
      Performer(s): Average White Band
      Performer(s): Average White Band
      Album: Feel No Fret...And More, No Details
      Duration: 2:37

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