Morning Focus – Tuesday 19/09/17

A lively Tuesday edition of Morning Focus updated listeners on the current chaos facing passengers planning to take certain Ryanair flights from Dublin.

The show also looked at the Fianna Fáil think-in, taking place in Longford and focusing on issues including health and housing. Gavin was joined on the line by Clare’s FF TD, Timmy Dooley.

The next item for discussion were efforts in Ennis to address the housing crisis. Councillors have been meeting on the matter and Gavin discussed their proposals with Cllr Michael Begley and Cllr Pat Daly.


In the second hour of the show, Gavin was joined in studio by Independent Financial Advisor Tommy Corbett of Carey Corbett Financial Services in Roslevan.

A new programme is starting in Kilrush tomorrow night and its aim is to help people deal with the unhelpful thoughts that can spark depression. The programme will be run by Aware at the local family resource centre.

Animal welfare matters were to the fore next when Gavin spoke to Martina Flaherty of Baby Dog Rescue, who is to keep the service going, despite challenges which forced her to consider closing it.

Gavin was then joined in studio by Clare County Dog Warden, Frankie Coote.

Training opportunities for those hoping to get a job in tourism are starting up in Ennistymon and Kilrush. Gavin was joined by Simon Ratcliffe and Martina McCarthy who are involved in this employment outreach community involvement scheme in association with Clare Local Development Company. Listen back below:

Malin Kelly of Cooraclare GAA Club was Gavin’s next guest. She’s one of those who has organised a SafeTALK training programme for members who would like to learn about how to intervene if they suspect someone is suicidal and how to put them in touch with emergency response services.

A festival of faith is to take place in Ennis at St Flannan’s College on September 30. Gavin was joined by one of its organisers, Tracy Murray. Listen back below:

Carmody’s Hotel in Ennis was then remembered ahead of the 60th anniversary of a tragedy which saw eight people lose their lives when part of the building collapse. Gavin was joined in studio by John Bradley of Clare Roots Society. The group is asking people to come forward with their memories and pictures to 086 3718822. Listen back below: