Morning Focus – Tuesday 13/08/19

On a packed Morning Focus, Gavin got advice for those receiving Leaving Cert results; took a look at the outcome of talks on issues in the beef sector and met members of Ennis Fire Service, who are fundraising for the local scouts branch.

On Friday next (Aug 16) at The Height in Ennis, members of the local Fire Station team will showcase some of their firefighting equipment as part of a major fund-raiser for Ennis Scouts. Gavin heard from Station Officer JP McGrath, Fiona Staunton from Ennis Scouts and Daniel Kelleher from Ennis Fire Station. Listen back below:


The show opened with a look at where talks to resolve the beef crisis are now. Gavin was joined by Pat O’Toole of the Irish Farmer’s Journal and by Joseph Woulfe of Beef Plan Clare.

The show then moved on to the topics of automatic exemptions from the study of Irish for national school pupils with special needs. Gavin spoke with Donal Ó hAiniféin, Príomhoide of Gaelscoil Mhícil Chísóg, Ennis.

Then East Clare-based botanist Dr Frances Giaquinto spoke about the danger of giant hogweed, which is affecting some of the waterways in the Midwest. This dangerous plant is best avoided due to the risk of skin burns from its sap.

There was advice too for those getting their Leaving Cert results, as Gavin was joined by Roisín O’Donohue of Institute of Guidance Counsellors and Susan Sheil from Ennis Samaritans. Listen back below:

The show also heard from Muireann Neylon, the founder of the Clare Language Centre, who voiced her frustration at the lack of public transport to facilitate those visiting the county to learn English.