Morning Focus – April 8th, 2020

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Today on Morning Focus we began with the hot topic on everyone’s mind, the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

Gavin first spoke with Kay, a local from Lahinch who is very concerned about the number of cars arriving into the town in recent days and is deathly afraid of the number of people she says are arriving into Lahinch ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

Gavin also had Lahinch hotelier Michael Vaughan join him on the line for his take on the matter.



Next on the show, Gavin spoke with Darragh Collins, an Ennis man who has been teaching English in Vietnam for the past two years. After coming into close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 Darragh has now spent the last few days among hundreds of others in a quarantine camp near the capital Hanoi.

To round out the first hour of the show Gavin was joined on the line by Louis Fay, General Manager of St Francis’ Credit Union on how they are remaining open to serve the public albeit with significant changes.


Following this, Gavin spoke with Dr Edel Durack who is an instrument scientist in Bernal Bio Laboratories at the University of Limerick. Scientists at University of Limerick have created a testing solution for COVID-19 in a bid to tackle the global shortage of reagents. Dr Edel helped to prepare the solution, used to generate results from patient swabs.

In the next segment of the show, Gavin was first joined by Bridget Harren, a hairdresser from Bridget Harren Hair & Beauty in Ennis, on what to do with your hair while all the hairdressers are closed. She wanted to stress though that she isn’t suggesting people cut their own hair.

Next on the show, Gavin spoke with Alison Spittle, an Irish comedienne who started the #covideoparty on Twitter, which sees people watch a film, simultaneously, and chat about it on Instagram and Twitter.


And to finish up the show Gavin spoke with Orlaigh Meere from Meere’s Pork who is a previous Clare winner of the Blas an hÉireann award about her experience since being honoured at the awards and how the accolade helps give food producers a much-needed boost.