Morning Focus – Thursday 12/10/17

A lively Thursday edition of Morning Focus heard all about the connections between Ireland and New York City, as organisers of the I.NY Festival prepared to gather at Dromoland Castle to celebrate their links.

Pat Flynn was joined by Emmy award-winning media producer Maura Kelly; Tara Kerry from Fáilte Ireland and Aoife Flynn, co-founder of the I.NY Festival. Listen back below:


The show opened with a discussion of a boundary row which has seen renewed calls for Shannon Banks and Westbury to become part of Limerick. Gavin Grace spoke to Sinn Féin’s Cllr Séighin Ó Ceallaigh.

Ongoing issues arising from Budget 2018 were debated by Dep Michael Harty (Ind) and Dep Joe Carey (FG).

With the 2013 All-Ireland winning Clare captain Pat Donnellan announcing his retirement from intercounty hurling, Derrick Lynch spoke to him about his achievements and his future. Listen back below:

Discussion of the fall-out of the Budget continued with Justin Moran of Age Action Ireland.

Dr Paul Kenna was Pat’s next guest as Fighting Blindness raises awareness of the issues that can cause sight loss.

The Clare Youth Awards are looking for entries up to October 31 and ahead of the deadline, Gavin spoke with Sergeant Caitríona Houlihan of the Community Policing Unit and Conor Murphy from Ennistymon, one of last year’s winners. Listen back below:

Ahead of the Ennis Food Festival (October 12 to 15), Pat was joined on the line by celebrity chef Kevin Dundon, as well as Dermott Fetton, Chairperson of the event and proprietor of The Cloister Restaurant and Maeve Sheridan of Western Herd Brewery/McHugh’s Bar, who is also a festival committee member. Listen back below:

The show rounded off with a chat with story-teller Rab Fulton who will be telling spooky tales for the darker evenings at The Crane Bar in Galway. Listen back below: