Morning Focus – 09/11/18

Morning Focus began with Liam Challenor, Anti-Bullying Centre, DCU who spoke about teachers being bullied by students.

In a study carried out by Dublin City University 15% of 577 post-primary teachers said they had heard of a colleague being cyberbullied by a student. Students are circulating demeaning images and videos of teachers online and researchers feel that more should be done to protect their online safety.

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Then, we had an item which examined the huge benefits that social farming brings to Clare. Social Farming Ireland are looking for farmers across the county to join them by helping at risk groups blend into society. Clare FM’s James Mulhall attended Social Farming Ireland’s information day in Ennis yesterday to find out more. To find out more about Social Farming Ireland visit their Facebook page or contact Stefani Jäger-Liston on 087 3663842.

We heard from Liam Conneelly, Director of Services for Economic Development and Planning joined us to discuss what he believes Ennis will look like in 2040. The Ennis 2040 Economic and Spatial Strategy has been drawn up and local paeople are being called on to have their say.

In the second hour of the show famous folk singer Tommy Fleming spoke to Gavin about his trip to Rwanda to help people in need there and to record a new special song. This was in tandem with the charity ‘Bóthar’ who enable communities to overcome hunger and poverty and to restore the environment in a sustainable way. ‘Voice of Love 2’ is the name of Tommy’s new CD and DVD.

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After that, Siobhán Mulcahy, Clare County Arts Officer joined us live in studio to give us her weekly arts round-up. Ennis Trad Festival is taking place this weekend with many different events on across the town. A visual arts exhibition will get underway in Kilkee with another by Henry Butler in Scariff.

We had an events round-up courtesy of Tansy Watson and Edele Brown. A trad night fundraiser for Francie Kelly will take place next Thursday (November 15) in Pepper’s Bar in Feakle. Edele opened a thrift shop in Ennistymon five months ago to raise funds for Pieta House and is hosting a fashion show fundraiser at The Falls Hotel, Sroohil, Ennistymon on November 17.

For the final hour of Morning Focus our regular Friday panel discussion got underway. This week’s panelists were Tony Killeen, Former Fianna Fáil T.D. & Minister, Corofin, William Cahir, Cahir and Company Solicitors, Ennis and Gabriella Hanrahan, Community Liaison Officer at University of Limerick. The topics this week dealt with whether curbing Christmas leave for medics is the answer to overcrowding, whether Trump is on course for a second presidential term, who is a national treasure and the ‘plogging’ phenomenon.

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