Morning Focus – Thursday 07/12/17

Morning Focus heard fascinating stories of Bronze Age Burials and Iron Age murders, unearthed at the Parknabinnia Wedge Tomb in Kilnaboy.

Ahead of a talk at the X-PO tonight at 8.30pm (Thurs, Dec 7) Dr Ros Ó Maoldúin spoke to Gavin about his team’s discoveries. Listen back below:


The show opened with a discussion of illegal deer hunting and the control of the deep population in the east of the county. It followed comments by District Court Judge Patrick Durcan who said he would not criminalise a Roscommon man who pleaded guilty to shooting a deer illegally in Scariff.

Gavin was joined by Willie Hanrahan, Chair of the IFA in Clare and by Damian Hanigan of the Irish Wild Deer Association.

Eamon Ryan, Leader of the Green Party, was Gavin’s next guest, as he spoke about his objection of the coastal protection works at the Trump resort in Doonbeg.

Afterwards, Gavin heard from Justin Moran of Age Action Ireland who is welcoming a move to allow public servants to work to the age of 70, if they so wish.

There’s a bid being made in Corofin to devise a ‘Rural Re-Jig’ and ahead of a community think-in on Saturday next, Gavin spoke with journalist and author Michael McCaughan.

With stormy weather and icy temperatures on the way, Joanna Donnelly from Met Éireann brought listeners the latest forecast.

The show then heard a package compiled by Clare FM’s Emerald Kenny on the Vincent’s shop and café in Ennis.

Then Pat Quinlan, CEO of Milford Hospice, joined Gavin to talk about the Light up a Memory fund-raiser and the vital work that it enables.

There’s new material this Christmas from the Kilfenora Céilí Band and Gavin was joined for listen by John Lynch and Tim Collins. Listen back below:

The show rounded off with a discussion of the very first written history of the Parish of Killimer. Michael Madigan joined Gavin to chat about the book. Listen back below: