The robin, not the turkey, is the real Christmas bird; you'll find him on cards, cakes and Christmas trees. But is Robin Redbreast having us on? Is he really the friendly and gentle little fellow he seems? Does he deserve his special Christmas place? Dr. Richard Collins, scientific adviser to Mooney Goes Wild, investigates! To read more about this special documentary, and to listen to the programme, click here.
On Mooney today...
Brenda Donohue goes on the road with an Irish stripper and discovers it’s not all glitz and glamour but a lot of hard work; we hear about the sea food chowder dish which will be entered into the All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off competition on behalf of Mooney - and we're looking for three listeners who want to play Mooney's Monday Quiz to win a great break away! If you enjoy general knowledge quizzes and would like to take part, then e-mail us now on firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet @MooneyShow, or from 3pm call 1850 715 900 or text 51551.
The movie The Full Monty is set in Sheffield in 1997; it’s about six unemployed men, four of them steelworkers, who decide to put on a strip show, inspired by the Chippendales, to earn some much needed cash and in the process rediscover their zest for life.
Despite being a comedy the film touches on some’s serious topics such as unemployment, fathers rights, depression, impotence, homosexuality, suicide and obesity.
Now twenty six years later, there is a stage version of it, written by Simon Beaufoy who also wrote the movie. A few weeks ago, Brenda travelled to Sheffield for the opening of the play in the Lyceum Theatre.
The Full Monty travels to Dublin and opens tonight in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre but Brenda has been on the road with a real Irish stripper!
Anthony Brady runs Elite kissagrams, and his Volkswagon van is the office! From divorces to baby showers, hen parties to live shows, Anthony's on the road, stripping for ladies across Ireland!
Brenda went to visit him to find out more...
The Full Monty runs in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from tonight until next Saturday, April 13th, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday.
As we all know, Ireland is one of the best tourist destinations in the world. Amongst other things, we are a fantastic destination for music lovers, for golfers, for surfers, for international anglers. But over the last three decades, Ireland has also sold itself as a great stopover and holiday destination for FOODIES!
In fact, for a country without a major culinary tradition, recent generations have become obsessed with food! Celebrity chefs, food programs all over the place, Bord Bia promoting the extremely high quality of Irish food.
And then, there is the abundance of food Festivals!
Well, one of the newest food festivals in the country is about to kick of, once again. It's the third annual "All Ireland Chowder Cook-off” and it takes place in Kinsale in exactly two weeks time.
Our producer, Olan McGowan, covered the inaugural event, just two years ago, for this very radio show. But this year, he's going several steps further. Not only covering the event, but competing!
He joins Derek in studio today to chat about trying to make the perfect chowder...
Olan's Chowder Recipe
Serves 12 (500ml bowls)
1 kg smoked fish, small pieces. (Cod, haddock, coley) 500 g non-smoked fish, small chunks (salmon) 500 g mixed seafood (squid, mussels, clams, prawns) One small tin of anchovies, finely chopped 200 g of pancetta Two large onions, diced 10 cloves of garlic, finely chopped Three large carrots, diced Six sticks of celery, diced Two very thin leeks, sliced into thin circles 2 rooster potatoes, diced Seven radishes, sliced very thinly 1 kg cherry tomatoes Parsley, roughly chopped Dill, roughly chopped Chives, cut with scissors into 5-10 mm pieces One tablespoon dried, mixed herbs Full fat, Kerrygold butter 500ml of dry white wine (Chardonnay, dry reisling) 5L of fish stock Freshly ground salt and pepper Olive oil Pinch of smoked paprika Salt & pepper
1. Wash and dry the cherry tomatoes. Put them in a large roasting tin. Drizzle a little olive oil over them, season with salt and pepper. Roast at 175° for 60-70 min.
2. In a large copper pot, melt one large knob of butter with some olive oil. Do not over-heat. When melted, Sauté the garlic, onions, pancetta and mixed dried herbs for 5 min.. Add the anchovies, fry for another 2 min.
3. Add all of the chopped vegetables: carrots, celery, leeks, radishes, potatoes. Stir everything, cover the pot, and saute at a low temperature for a further 5 min. During this time, add the dill and stir well.
4. While the vegetables are cooking, take the roasted cherry tomatoes and blend them in a blender to a smooth paste.
5. Add 500 mls of white wine to the vegetable mixture, turn up the heat, and allow to reduce by half.
6. When the wine has reduced, add the fish stock and blended cherry tomato paste. Stir well, and bring to the boil.
7. When the mixture boils, all of the seafood and the remaining herbs, the parsley and chives. Stir well. Add a pinch of smoked paprika, just to deepen the colour. Ground pepper to taste.
8. Serve hot, and sprinkle a little parsley on top.
Acton's Hotel in Kinsale are sponsoring the Mooney chowder entry, and The Blue Haven Food Company (www.bluehavenfoodco.com) are supplying the ingredients. To find out more about the The Third All-Ireland Chowder Cook-off & Kinsale Street Food Gathering click here!
If you tuned into Dragons' Den, in association with Bank of Ireland, last night, you might have thought you were watching The Voice! What a catchy rap! Brother and sister Eamon and Jodie Flood, aka JE Syllable, went into the Den last night, and Eamon is with us today, to explain what exactly it is that they wanted the Dragons to invest in...
Hedgerows: It is an offence 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'. For more information, click here.
UPDATE: February 29th 2016 - Press Release From BirdWatch Ireland:
Putting the record straight: Dates for burning and hedge-cutting have NOT changed
BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland’s largest conservation charity, is very concerned about misinformation that is currently circulating regarding the dates within which the burning of vegetation and cutting of hedges is permitted. It would like to remind landowners that all burning and cutting must cease on 29th February this year and that burning and cutting remains prohibited from 1st March to 31st August.
Despite attempts by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys T.D., to change the laws regulating these dates by introducing the Heritage Bill 2016 earlier this year, it is important to note that the proposed date changes were ultimately NOT made. This is because the bill failed to pass through both houses of the Oireachtas before the recent dissolution of the Dáil in advance of the general election.
The laws in place governing the dates for hedge-cutting and upland burning therefore remain unchanged. The period within which cutting and burning is prohibited are set down in Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976 (as amended in 2000), which states that:
(a) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy, during the period beginning on the 1st day of March and ending on the 31st day of August in any year, any vegetation growing on any land not then cultivated.
(b) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any vegetation growing in any hedge or ditch during the period mentioned in paragraph (a) of this subsection (above).
The existing law provides exemptions for road safety and other circumstances and should be read carefully to ensure compliance.
Section 40 of the Wildlife Act exists to protect nesting birds. Many of our upland bird species are in decline and are in danger of extinction in Ireland; amongst them is the Curlew, which has declined by 80%. Many birds which nest in hedgerows into August are also in serious decline, including the endangered Yellowhammer. The changes to the cutting and burning dates which had been proposed in the now-defunct Heritage Bill 2016 would have caused serious impacts to these birds. A petition launched by BirdWatch Ireland in conjunction with several other national conservation organisations to stop these changes attracted more than 16,200 signatures and rising.
BirdWatch Ireland would also like to advise members of the public that if they see hedges being cut or fires in the uplands on or after 1st March, such activity could be illegal. In such cases, we would encourage people to contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service (www.npws.ie) to report such activity.
BirdWatch Ireland warmly welcomes the demise of the Heritage Bill 2016 and sincerely hopes that any future administration will consider the importance of Ireland’s natural heritage and will not attempt to reintroduce such a flawed and damaging piece of legislation.
To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.
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