Mooney, Wednesday August 7th 2013

***MOONEY GOES WILD NOMINATED FOR ROSE D'OR AWARD!!***

The prestigious annual Rose D'Or Awards (now in their 55th year) honour the very best of international radio, TV and online entertainment programmes, and they will take place later this year.  Over 400 programmes from more than 130 broadcasters and production companies in 33 different countries were submitted for this year’s Rose d’Or awards.  For the first time, a new competition category, 'Radio Event Of The Year' was created.  We entered European Dawn Chorus in this category, and we're absolutely delighted to let you know that we're one of the final nominees!!  And another programme from the Mooney team, called A Very Merry Mooney Tunes, has been shortlisted in the Radio - Music Show category! Click here to read more about the 2016 Rose D'Or Finalists, and click here to relive - and re-listen to - all the beautiful Dawn Chorus birdsong from right across Europe.

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On Mooney today...

Would you live in a loo? We hear from one woman who’s made her home in a former public convenience and we visit the Dublin toilet which is on the market! Plus we learn more about the athletes who use the Olympics and other international sporting events to defect from their home country and make a better life for themselves...

Radio GAGA

We’re going gaga on Mooney for the month of August!

We’re giving away cash and prizes with a value of over €30,000!

Each of our daily winners from Monday to Friday will win €500 PLUS a weekend break for two at the Radisson Blu Farnham Estate golf and spa resort in Co. Cavan, including breakfast on both mornings and dinner on one evening.

And there’s more!

Our daily winners will play our new Radio Gaga game each Friday, for a chance to share in an additional jackpot prize of €5000!

The competition runs from Monday August 5th until Friday, August 30th.

Wednesday, August 7th 2013:

To enter, all you have to do is answer this simple question:

Which Ronan presents a weekday music programme right here on RTÉ Radio 1?

If you think you know the answer, text the word MOONEY, followed by your name and answer, to 57111, or call the competition line on 1515 71 72 00. Texts cost €1 or £1. Eircom network calls cost €1.02, and other networks cost more. All entrants must be over 18 as at date of entry.

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Living In A Loo!

Have you spotted a public toilet in Dublin that’s up for sale? Well, if you happen to be going to the Horse Show in the RDS in Ballsbridge this week keep an eye out for a large sign on a unobtrusive, one-storey red-brick building on the corner of Anglesea Rd and the Merrion Rd.

The building is just one of the 70 or so public loos that were dotted throughout the capital in the ‘50s and ‘60s and that are now all shut down. And the sign is Dublin City Council asking for ‘expressions of interest’ ahead of putting the former toilet on the market next month.

So who’d buy an old public toilet? How much might it be worth? And what would they do with it once they did buy it?

Our producer Pat O’Mahony is standing outside the convenience in question as we speak, along with local estate agent Vincent Finnegan...

To find out more about Dublin's former public toilets, you read this fascinating article on The Journal: www.thejournal.ie/public-toilets-dublin-755462-Jan2013.

The Ballsbridge Horseshoe pitchers club wanted to use the toilet as their clubhouse, and Michael Redmond, who is Secretary of the Horseshoe Pitchers Association Of Ireland, is on the line to tell us why...

One woman who spotted the potential of living in an old lavatory was London architect Laura Clark, who turned an underground former public lavatory in Crystal Palace in south-east London into a very luxurious home, and she joins us on the line today to tell us about it!

From this...

... to this!

And from this...

... to this!

To find out more about Laura's 'convenient' home, and to see more pictures, visit scrapbook.channel4.com/bookmarkBar/50d1fab7e4b09b08528d6186 or www.telegraph.co.uk/property/9461916/From-public-loo-to-private-home.

Keywords

Olympic Defectors

Olympic Defectors

A recent article reported that as many as seventy of the Olympic athletes that competed at the London Games last summer and some of their coaches have sought asylum or gone missing...

They are part of a long tradition of Olympic athletes who have used the Games as an opportunity to escape from their country of origin.

On the line today, all the way from Durham in North Carolina, is Bill Mallon. Bill works as an orthopedic surgeon is Bill Mallon, but he's also a leading authority on the history of the Olympic Games (having written 24 books on the subject), as well as being co-founder and honorary member of the International Society of Olympic Historians!

Cast Of Strumpet City Reunite...

Cast Of Strumpet City Reunite...

In 1980, writer Hugh Leonard adapted a James Plunkett book into one of RTÉ’s most iconic drama series: Strumpet City!

It was set in 1913 at the time of the Dublin Lock-Out and featured many well-known actors - names like: Peter O’Toole, Cyril Cusack, David Kelly and Peter Ustinov. Bryan Murray and Angela Harding played the characters of 'Fitz' and 'Mary'.

The cast of Strumpet City re-united yesterday for a photo-shoot, and we sent our reporter, Katriona McFadden, along to find out more!

Anyone who has an interest in the Dublin Lock Out might like to know about a Commemoration Ceremony happening at the GPO on Sunday, September 1st. President Michael D. Higgins will be making a speech, there will be music and Strumpet City actors Bryan Murray and Angela Hrading will be reading extracts from the book Strumpet City.

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.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

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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