Morning Focus Blog – Monday 8th July

Dubai Duty Free Sign

On Monday’s Morning Focus we spoke about the organisers of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, including the Council and Gardaí and how they played a key role in the staging of the event which has been highly praised, following its success.

Spaniard Jon Rahm walked away with the top prize, and a cheque worth over one million euro, but Clare and Lahinch were winners too on a weekend that gave the county its largest ever international showcase. Dep TD Joe Carey for Clare joined Gavin on the program to talk of its success.

Willie Clancy Week 2019 is well underway in Miltown Malbay this week, with thousands visiting the west Clare town.
With this comes a very welcome tourist spend which helps the town thrive during the summer – but what happens after the dust settles?
Not very much, if the locals are to be believed.

This feeling of discontent with the level of investment in their community has led to business owners there coming together to set up the Miltown Malbay Business Network with a view to shining a light on the difficulties they face.

Clare FM’s James Mulhall visited Miltown Malbay ahead of the biggest week in their calendar to find out exactly what they feel needs to be done.

In a few months time, we’ll all be looking ahead to Budget 2020. Already, we seen a few hints and leaks about how much money the Finance Minister may have at his disposal, as well as the balancing act he has to perform to take account of all possible Brexit scenarios.

One of the groups who’s been lobbying Paschal Donoghue is Family Carers Ireland who represent almost 200-thousand people caring for loved ones in the home.
They’ve prepared a detailed pre-Budget submission with some very specific and well-costed requests which they believe will ultimately save the government money in the long run.

As you may know, they have an office in Ennis which offers a range of support services and Morning Focus Producer Fiona McGarry’s paid them a visit to speak with Victoria Ward, Family Support Officer, who took her through their submission.

On this morning’s Garda Focus, Garda Simon Tierney from the Ennis Garda Station joins us in the studio to appeal for you help with on going investigations and what you should be aware of this week.

Gavin’s next guest was an Ennis man and high profile TV presenter who’s been working recently on a project that’s particularly close to his heart.
‘Life and Soul’ looks at issues of faith and spirituality and the first episode aired last night on RTÉ One.
Gavin spoke with Colm and his co-presenter Áine O’Neill about what making this series means to them.

A meeting takes place tonight at 8pm at Treacy’s West County Hotel, with an update on preparations for the Munster Fleadh (July 14-22). Among the arrangements to be outlined are:
*Shuttle bus service on Saturday and Sunday from West County and St Flannan’s College to town centre
*Closure of Abbey St. Car Park from Thursday evening July 18 to the early hours of Monday, July 22
*Closure of O’Connell St and Abbey Street – afternoon and night of Sat July 20 and Sunday July 21. Joe Arkins who is the Chairperson of Munster Fleadh Committee joined us on to give an update on the festival.

On Mondays Sports Panel -John Gleeson, Chairperson of the Tournament Committee for  Lahinch Golf Club joins us alongside are very own Darren Kelly from Clare FM Sport.