Morning Focus – 19/10/18

Our panelists Manuel Di Lucia, Jim Connolly & Orla Vaughan

Morning Focus was broadcast live from outside Doonbeg Community Hall today with a focus on rural issues. 

Evan Butler, Director of Sales & Marketing at Trump International Hotel & Golf Links provided us with a tourism season review of Doonbeg and West Clare in general.

Then we heard from Fianna Fáil General Election candidate, Rita McInerney as she outlined her pitch as candidate. The Doonbeg businesswoman’s campaign has so far focused on rural issues and the threat to post offices.


We had a Senior Hurling Final preview with Michael O’Neill, Siobhan O’Gorman and Clare FM’s Head of Sport Derrick Lynch. The Senior Hurling Final will take place at Cusack Park on Sunday (October 21) at 3:30pm. Clare FM will broadcast live coverage for the duration of the match.

In the second hour of Morning Focus there was a panel discussion on the health of rural Clare tying in with the theme of rural issues as the show was broadcast live from outside Doonbeg Community Hall.

Our panelists were Tommy Comerford, Doonbeg Development Association, Caroline Kennedy, The Igoe Inn, Doonbeg and Niall Garvey, Muintir na Tíre.

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After that, Clare County Arts Officer, Siobhán Mulcahy gave us our weekly Arts round-up for County Clare.

We had our regular Friday Panel Discussion take place with panelists Manuel di Lucia, Retired Businessman, Kilkee, Orla Vaughan, Kilfenora Businesswoman and Jim Connolly, Founder of Rural Resettlement Ireland. The topics discussed today were rural Clare, the Presidential Election, the state of Clare’s roads and whether Ireland should follow Canada and decriminalise personal cannabis use.

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Morning Focus concluded with live music from musicians Noel Bermingham, Tom Ryan and James O’Halloran ahead of the Willie Keane Memorial Weekend. The Memorial Weekend will take place from October 26-29 featuring a concert in Doonbeg Hall on Saturday night (October 27).

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