Morning Focus – Thursday 05/10/17

Morning Focus got off to a busy start today with Gavin speaking to Pat Cronin, Manager of Obair in Newmarket-on-Fergus and John Reidy from Miltown Malbay about the Towns and Villages Renewal Scheme.

Next, Managing Director of Shannon Airport Andrew Murphy spoke to Gavin about United Airlines pulling Shannon-Chicago flights.

Looking ahead to Budget 2018, Ian Barrett Director of Shannon Chamber spoke about proposed cuts to the Universal Social Charge and changes to income tax bands.


Dr Máire Finn then joined Gavin in studio for our weekly Ask the GP segment, speaking about COPD, Emphysema and other chronic chest conditions as well as answering some health queries sent in by listeners. You can listen back to Dr Finn below:

Following the sad news that former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave passed away, Gavin spoke to former Fine Gael TD Madeline Taylor Quinn and former Fianna Fáil Td, Senator and Minister Brendan Daly on the life of the former leader of Fine Gael. You can listen back to the interview in full below:

Joe Queally, Johnny Murphy and Clinton Tully then chatted to Gavin about an upcoming fundraiser by the West Coast Motorcycle Club for the RNLI and Doolin Coast Guard.

To kick off the final hour of the show, we were treated to some music, compliments of Mór Glór 2017 Award Winner Geraldine Cotter, Producer of the Mór Glór show, Tim Collins and musician Eamonn Cotter who will be taking part in the concert. Patricia Callaly from Glór also spoke about the Mór Glór award. You can listen back to the interview and music below:

Next, the Playboy of Western World will be coming to the Lime Tree Theatre, but with a slight twist. Justin McCarthy spoke to Gavin about adapting the well known play by J.M. Synge into a musical. You can listen back to the interview with Justin below:

To wrap up the show, owner of Morrissey’s in Doonbeg spoke to Gavin about the honour of receiving a Michelin Bib which is awarded in recognition of ‘great food and great value’. You can listen back to Gavin speaking to Hugh below: