Morning Focus – Thursday 21/09/17

The Thursday edition of Morning Focus brought listeners a blend of news, advice and great live music.

The show opened with an interview with Junior Minister Pat Breen who launched a new training programme this week at the National Ploughing Championships. That followed the tragic death of a Wexford farmer, Martin Kehoe Jnr, who was a former ploughing champion.

The show then heard what older people would like to see in the forthcoming Budget. Gavin was joined on the line by Justin Moran of Age Action Ireland.


Today (Sept 21) is European Day Without A Road Death. Gavin was joined on the line to discuss the aims of Project EDWARD by Clare Road Safety Officer, Barry Keating.

Dr Máire Finn of the Ennis Family Medical Centre was next in studio to talk about flu season in her weekly ‘Ask the GP’ slot. Listen back below:

Next up for discussion was the thorny issue of homework. Eric Nolan a Labour Party representative for Cork East believes it should be banned at primary school level. His view was backed, to a large degree, by teacher, Helen, who got in touch with the show to share her experience. Listen back below:

Gavin’s next guest in studio was musician and composer Ian Murphy who spoke about why he’s in Clare seeking to make musical connections.

The show stuck with the theme of arts and entertainment as Dave O’Rourke joined Gavin to discuss the Ennis Fringe Festival which runs from September 22 to 24. Listen back below:

With this year’s Truck Run 4 Katie getting underway on Saturday (Sept 23), Gavin was joined by Sgt John Moloney for a traffic update on the event.

The show rounded off with some great live music in studio. Miltown concertina player Liam O’Brien joined Gavin ahead of a Culture Night performance at Kilshanny House tomorrow (Sept 22) night at 8pm. Listen back below: