Morning Focus – Thursday 11th July

On Thursday’s Morning Focus, Gavin Grace and Fiona McGarry GO LIVE from Shannon airport as they celebrate 80th anniversary of the 1st passenger airport landing in Shannon.

Over eight decades, the pioneering spirit of the likes of Brenda O’Regan Today, has developed a facility which boasts the country’s longest runway, while the broader Shannon Group generates €3.6 billion for the Irish economy and supports over 46,000 jobs.
Mary Considine who is Acting CEO of Shannon Group joined us live at our base in the airport.

Oireachtas members have now been briefed on the job losses at Moneypoint and Ennistymon Senator Martin Conway, member of Seanad Éireann spoke to Gavin about the situation.


As Morning Focus is coming live from Shannon this morning, it’s fitting that we would highlight events happening in the area today. And, in the first joint undertaking with the Mid-West.

Regional Skills Forum, Shannon Chamber is co-hosting an information event today (at the Shannon Free Zone (10am-2pm) at which colleges and training providers operating in the Mid-West will be on hand to outline the wide range of part-time, online and flexible learning course available in this region. Joe Leddin who is Mid-West Regional Skills Forum Manager spoke to Gavin earlier to explain how important training like this can be

Clare FM’s Morning Focus broadcast live from Shannon Airport today to mark 80 years since the first passenger plane touched down there, at what was then Rineanna Airfield.

Since then, the Airport has become the economic engine of the MidWest region, and it has developed an international reputation for its pioneering spirit.

This morning, Gavin marked that in a conversation with the current Operations Director of Shannon Airport, Niall Moloney, whose father worked in the Airport before him.

The piece began with an excerpt from ‘From Foynes to Shannon’, a major 8-part documentary series aired by Clare FM in 2001, to mark 65 years of flight from the Shannon region.

It was presented by Valerie Sweeney and engineered by Tracey Moloney and heard from many of the main figures who helped build this place during its first decades of operation.  In this excerpt, we’ll ear one of those, Martin Herlihy, explain how Rineanna Airfield, now Shannon Airport came to be.

Now, from meeting world leaders to responding to aviation emergencies, it’s all in day’s work for the dedicated team at Shannon Airport. Morning Focus Producer Fiona McGarry has been getting an insight into the day-to-day running of the airport in the company of Terminal Manager, Natasha Naughton.

We got the best in top travel tips for all you holiday makers from Gearóid Mannion who is a Travel Counsellor based in Ennis.

And we had music from Cian O’Sullivan & Adam Moloney!