Morning Focus Thursday November 24

The official opening of the new Ennis Outreach Centre for Rape Crisis Midwest is taking place this Friday at 4pm
Rape Crisis Midwest was founded over 30 years ago  providing a free and confidential service to those who experience rape and sexual assault in the Clare region from their office in Limerick
They are delighted to be opening a Clare branch and their office will be located at the Tracklands Business Park, Clonroadmore, Ennis
On Thursday’s Morning Focus John Cooke was joined in studio by Ann Ginnane from Newmarket on Fergus is a counsellor with Rape Crisis Mid West.

Contact Rape Crisis Midwest on 1800 311 511

On Monday two pigs tried to escape from a farm on the Kilrush road


Since then ARAN – the Animal Rights Action Network- have been inundated with calls of concern from local Clare people for the ‘Runaway Pigs’ prompting the group to offer to buy the two pigs and retire them to a caring sanctuary
Campaigners from ARAN are in the midst of trying to contact the farm owners before its too late
The infamous two managed to escape from the farm near Ashline, Kilrush Road on the outskirts of Ennis
The pair were first spotted running along the N68 Kilrush Road towards Ennis town before they turned off the route onto Clonroadmore towards residential areas
John Carmody, Founder of ARAN, spoke with John.
ARAN are based in Limerick, see  

Clare Fracking Concerned is a group trying to raise awareness of the possible development of ‘fracking’ in West Clare. According to the group what ‘fracking’ or hydraulic fracturing involves is drilling deep wells in areas where there are deposits of shale rock and blasting down large amounts of water, between 400- 500 chemicals and sand in order to get gas from the shale. This process has been used in the U.S. and Canada for the past decade and is now being introduced in Europe to much resistance as it raises myriad health and environmental questions. The mixture of chemicals, some of which are noted carcinogens and toxins, can seep into underground water and the pressure from the process can unsettle deep- lying reserves of naturally-occurring methane and radon gas releasing them into the atmosphere and water systems.

Fracking has been banned in many parts of France, Germany and halted in South Africa.
The group hopes to inform the public of this and are organising a screening of a film about ‘fracking’ followed by a Q&A in Kilkee on Friday November 25th- All are welcome.

Susan Griffin was involved in a local awareness- raising group in France where fracking has been partially banned and have recently returned to Ireland to raise awareness of the issue here
Susan, a secondary school teacher and member of the group spoke with John.

A chart detailing the Historic Navigation on Lough Derg will be launched by Dick Warner tomorrow at 8pm in the Village Hotel Mountshannon. Donal Boland, the Marine Archaeologist who compiled the chart had a word ahead of the launch.
Admission free–All welcome

Costa Prize Winning author Colm Toibin joined John for a word ahead of his visit to the West this weekend
Colm won in 2010 for Brooklyn, a sparely written account of a young woman’s emigration from 1950s Ireland to New York 
Cancer Care West will host a very special evening of literature and music with award-winning author and playwright Colm Tóibín, an extraordinary array of music this Saturday at the Radisson Live Lounge, Galway at 8pm. Doors will open at 7pm
This unique event, presented by Cancer Care West, all proceeds from the evening will go towards residential and cancer support services provided by the West of Ireland cancer charity
Colm is the author of six novels, including The Master (a novel based on the life of Henry James) and Brooklyn, and two collections of stories, Mothers and Sons and The Empty Family.

Crusheen take on Na Piarsigh in the Munster Club Senior Hurling final this weekend
Live coverage of the match on Clare FM is brought to you in association with Banner Carpets and Flooring Quin Road Business Park Ennis
Kevin McGillicuddy of Clare FM Sport joined John in studio to look ahead to the match
Christine O’Doherty, Secretary of the Minors in Crusheen GAA and Mother of three on the panel and Colm O’Connor, Chairman of Crusheen GAA joined them on the line

Clare FM’s West Wind presents ‘A Celebration of Christmas’ live at Shannon Airport on Saturday,3rd December at 8pm
This traditional music celebration by various local artists is in support of Clare FM’s 50 Cent Charity Appeal
Free parking will be available for the event.
Heavy hitting artists and bands from Clare will perform at the event
 The concert is free of charge but the tickets are limited so first in first served
If you would like to attend, simply call into Clare FM Reception Monday to Friday between 9am and 5.30pm
Pat Costello, Producer of the “Celebration of Christmas” and Declan Power, Marketing Manager at Shannon Airport joined John in studio to discuss
Contact Clare FM reception to book your tickets 065 682 88 88.
John Underhill of Burren Vets joined John in studio to speak about Traditional Animal Cures and to answer listeners’ queries.

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