Morning Focus – Thursday 20/04/17

John Morgan, Michael Butler and James Devitt

A lively edition of Morning Focus included music from Kilfenora, ahead of its ninth annual Music Festival which gets underway this weekend.

Pat was joined in studio by organiser John Morgan and musicians James Devitt on fiddle and Michael Butler on the accordion. Listen back below:

The show opened with chat in studio with the President of Ennis Chamber of Commerce who’s concerned that rates reform – which the Environment Minister Simon Coveney is to initiate – may not be the answer to this thorny issue for the business community.


The next item up for discussion was the IMO conference where the crisis in rural general practice is one of the issues on the agenda. Pat spoke with Dr Michael Kelleher from Lahinch, a member of the IMO GP committee.

Brian McManus of Clare Youth Service was the next guest in studio for a chat about equality issues for young people. It comes ahead of Youth Work Ireland which sees a number of events planned for this county.

Dr Máire Finn answered a wide range of medical questions. Listen back below:

The development of a ‘Blue Way’ on Lough Derg was discussed with Sharon Lavin of Waterways Ireland. She told Pat about a series of workshops coming up for those involved in tourism in areas around the lake.

A lively production for kids comes to glór in Ennis next Monday (April 24) and Tuesday. Gavin was joined by creator of the show, The Wolf and Peter, which tells the traditional story from the point of the wolf.

The show then heard about celebrations to mark 50 years of the Wolfe Tones na Sionna GAA Club. Pat was joined in studio by Elaine Donnellan and Padraic McCormack.

Eoghan Corry, travel writer and author, was Pat’s next guest to chat about how recent terror alerts are impact on tourism and destination choices this summer. Listen back below: