Morning Focus – Tuesday 15/5/18

Lahinch-based documentary-maker Ken O’Sullivan who is fresh from whale spotting for ‘Ireland’s Deep Atlantic’ joined Pat Flynn in studio on Tuesday’s Morning Focus.

Ken told Pat about his work with Sea Fever Productions, which he runs along with his wife (also an award-winning) film-maker, Katrina Costello.

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The show opened by revisiting the topic of sentences for sex offenders. Pat spoke with Shaneda Daly, who survived a decade of abuse at the hands of her father. She met Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan last week.

Then, the talk turned to the future of Clare’s rural post offices. Pat was joined by Cllr PJ Ryan from Cratloe who spoke of the importance of the community coming together to preserve rural services.

After that, Deirdre Frost of the Western Development Commission (WDC) explained the findings of new research, showing that more people living in Ennis are working outside the town than in it.

Financial advice this week came from Tommy Corbett of Carey Corbett Financial Services, Roslevan Ennis. Tommy had invaluable and practical advice on preparing to apply for a mortgage.

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With a big weekend on the horizon for Clare GAA supporters, Paul Madden of Club Clare previewed a fundraising breakfast at the Woodstock Hotel on Friday next (May 17).

There was dramatic news in Clare this week with the exhumation of the body of a British Soldier killed during the War of Independence.

Private George Duff Chalmers’ remains were taken from Miltown Malbay for reburial in Dublin. Pat Flynn was at the scene and Dr Tomás MacConmara told listeners more about this story which features in his new book ‘The Time of the Tans’.

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Afterwards, the next nominee in the competition for Clare’s Greatest Ever Person, was unveiled as Dr Brendan O’Regan. His former colleague and biographer Brian O’Connell joined Pat in studio to outline his legacy.

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Then, Ronan McMahon and Auriole Considine joined Pat in studio to preview the Relay for Life, coming up on June 23 and 24 in Tim Smythe Park.