Morning Focus – Friday 12/01/18

Friday’s Morning Focus remembered a tragedy at an Ennis hotel, which claimed the lives of eight people, 60 years ago.

Gavin was joined in studio by John Bradley of the Clare Roots Society who’s compiled a book on the Carmody’s Hotel tragedy which happened at an auction at the venue on January 15, 1958, when a floor collapsed in an upstairs room.

Gavin also spoke with Ghislaine de Regge who’s father Ernest was among the dead. He also heard extracts from a Clare FM documentary on the tragedy produced in 1998. The documentary ‘As If Night Fell’ was made by Brendan Quinlivan, Matt Purcell, Gerry Quinn.


You can listen back to the Morning Focus special on the 60th anniversary of the Carmody’s Hotel tragedy below:

Morning Focus opened with a look at the impact of the current trolley crisis on turnaround times for ambulances in the region.

Gavin was joined on the line by Michael Dixon of the National Ambulance Service Representative Association (NASRA).

Then, the talk turned to industrial action by senior Garda ranks. Gavin discussed the issue with Eddie Keane a lecturer in employment law at the University of Limerick (UL).

John Sweeney of Clare Sports Partnership was next into studio as he discussed the findings of a recent CSO study showing lower numbers of people engaging in sport.

Siobhán Mulcahy, Clare County Arts Officer, presented the weekly arts round-up.

Then the show caught up with Rory Murphy and Niall Hegarty of CBS Ennisytmon, as well as Patrick Sheridan and their teacher, Emer Griffey.

The Friday Panel were Will Cahir, Martin Waldron and Michael Vaughan. Listen back below:

The show rounded off with a chat with Orla O’Brien, Alex O’Sullivan and Emma Cooper of St Joseph’s Secondary School in Tulla who are also at the BT Young Scientists and Technology Exhibition in Dublin.

You can listen to the interviews with both schools below: