It's the big wind debate! Will wind turbines provide the answer to all of our clean energy needs, or is the potential overstated? How do windfarms interact with Ireland's wild bird population? And, if not wind power, then what other alternatives for Ireland's energy future?
That's all on Mooney Goes Wild, this afternoon from 3pm, on RTÉ Radio 1.
Nature, as we all know, is a powerful force. And we have learned, as a species, that our best bet is to try to harvest the forces of nature, for our own benefit.
Of all of the forces of nature, man has embraced wind energy to great effect for many thousands of years. From the earliest known sailing boats, around 5000 years ago, to the very first wind wheel, apparently developed by the Greek engineer Heron of Alexandria in the first century AD.
Heron's Wind Wheel
In more recent history, we know that windmills have provided a practical source of power in traditional agriculture. Indeed, the word "windmill" derives from the fact that those familiar wind sails, dotting the European landscape, were primarily used for milling grain, for food production.
The Dutch went on to develop wind technology further, using the power of windmills to pump seawater over levees, and reclaim vast amounts of land from the sea. And to this day, those windmills are a treasured part of the Dutch landscape.
Well, closer to home...
For the last two decades so, the rotating blades of wind turbines have become a familiar sight across the Irish landscape. But whether they are treasured or not by the Irish public is still a matter of some debate.
And that's exactly what we are doing today! Debating the place of wind power in Ireland, and our attitudes to it...
So what about the people who live in close proximity to windfarms? What's their perspective? How do they feel about these giants becoming an inescapable part of their landscape?
Earlier today, Mooney producer Fergus Sweeney travelled to Wexford, to the town of Bunclody, which is earning the nickname "the windy city", because of the increasing prevalence of wind turbines in the local environment. We hear their views on the turbines...
The winner of MOONEY's Singing in the Shower competition will get a Voucher from TileStyle worth €2500.
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To enter, all you have to do is make an audio recording of yourself singing in the shower. (If you do this during your daily wash you will not waste water).
Send your audio recording, not to exceed one minute in duration, along with your name and contact number to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not send recordings of original compositions. Click here to read terms and conditions for RTÉ.ie and click here to read competition terms and conditions.
Entry to the competition confirms your acceptance of these terms and conditions.
The prize for Ireland's Best Singer in the Shower, as decided by our panel of judges, will be announced on Mooney. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Please note that if you submit a recording, RTÉ reserve the right to use this material as it sees fit in accordance with the terms and conditions for rté.ie.
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 email@example.com, 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.
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