Morning Focus – Friday 22/11/19

Today on Morning Focus our Friday Panel consisted of Orla Vaughan, Kilfenora, Diarmuid McMahon, Past President, Ennis Chamber and John Considine, former member of Hull City Council. 

Our panel discussed an array of topics which included the political discourse which surrounds asylum seekers, Prince Andrew, the UK General Election and José Mourinho!

If you missed this week’s Friday Panel, please listen back below:


Before that, Gavin spoke to Joe Healy, the president of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA), as he has welcomed this week’s launch of the much-anticipated new Beef Price Index published by Bord Bia. In a statement, Healy said the index – which is now live on the Irish Food Board’s website – shows that the beef market is improving and that farmers must get “an immediate price increase”. The new data includes a number of elements such as: an index for the retail and wholesale value of beef in the sector’s main export markets; and an offal index.

Next on the show, Patricia Devlin, a 73-year-old grandmother joined us on-air as she has gone on hunger strike to protest against the country’s climate change policies. Patricia is originally from Australia but has lived in Monasterevin, Co Kildare, for 20 years. She embarked on a planned four-day strike in hopes of meeting Environment Minister Richard Bruton and calling on him to implement tougher policies to tackle the climate emergency. Patricia met with Minister Bruton yesterday evening.

Next on Morning Focus, Marty Morrissey joined us on-air as he is set to be honoured at a ceremony today by the University of College Cork with an Alumni Achievement Award.  After starting his broadcasting career with Clare FM, Marty joined RTE in 1989 and now works as their Gaelic Games correspondent.

If you missed our chat with Marty, you can catch it below:

Next Susan Crawford, Autism Expert, Miltown Malbay, was on the line to tell us about the Autism Conference taking place this Sunday (Nov 24) and U.S. ASD Psychiatrist Specialist Dr. Lee Wachtel is to host a seminar from 12-2 in the Temple Gate Hotel.

Dr. Wachtel has extensive experience in the field of psychiatry, specialising in the area of children, adolescents and young adults with autism and intellectual disability who present with concomitant severe psychiatric and behavioural disturbance. She is the author of more than three dozen scientific manuscripts and textbook chapters and has lectured extensively throughout the United States and abroad.

To wrap up today’s Morning Focus, Ethel O’Mahony and Bernie Harten of the Ennis Players joined Gavin in studio to tell us about their new productions. The Ennis Players has been staging Supper Theatre in the Old Ground hotel for 34 years. From the beginning of September, each year preparations and rehearsals get underway and the group always strive to introduce new people to all aspects of the theatre. This year is no different with new people threading the boards and working as backstage crew. This year the group will perform ‘Lucy In The Sky’ and also the comedy ‘Wanda’s Visit’ The Group are also planning their Spring production which will be staged in glór at the beginning of March, with auditions in early December.

Ennis Players Supper Theatre will be held in The Old Ground Hotel from Monday 25th November to Thursday 28th November @ 8 pm. Tickets are just €18 including the renowned Old Ground Supper and are available from glór Box Office 065 6843103 or online.