Morning Focus – 06/07/17

John-Joe Costello's House - Backing the Banner Ahead Of The Munster Senior Hurling Final On July 9th

Thursday’s Morning Focus saw Pat Flynn in the hot seat for Gavin Grace.

The show opened with a chat with Geraldine Cahir, a listener who had emailed in about what she saw as a lack of Clare flags around the County ahead of the double-header in Semple Stadium this weekend. Geradline urged listeners and those supporting the Banner to fly a banner for the team.


We also looked back at the golden days of Clare hurling, with archive audio from live commentary from the nineties and a discussion with former Clare player and All-Star Niall Gilligan.

ICSA General Secretary Eddie Punch joined Pat to discuss rural crime. Eddie, who hails from Cratloe, says a lot of farmers would rather take the financial hit from a theft than report them, because of sky-rocketing insurance prices.

Clare County Council’s Brian McCarthy also came into studio to discuss a public meeting on the finalised Visitor Management and Sustainable Tourism Development Plan for Holy Island.

Margaret McCabe of the St Agnes’ Parent’s Orchestra spoke to Pat over the phone about a concert they’re having in the Kinvara Community Centre this Saturday.

We were also joined in studio by Dermot Cosgrove from Ennis, who know lives in Kilkee. Dermot is a veteran of the Foreign Legion and has spent two decades working in remote parts of the world. Now, he’s days away from travelling to Greenland to trek 250km – 170km of which will be across the open Arctic tundra. He spoke to Pat about why he’s doing the hike.

The show ended with Clare County Arts Officer Siobhan Mulcahy speaking to Pat about the various arts events taking place in the Banner county in the coming week.