Morning Focus Tuesday, July 16, 2019

© Pat Flynn

Tuesday’s Morning Focus looked ahead to the future of Shannon Airport after a crunch meeting of Shannon Group and Clare County Council.

Gavin was joined by Cllrs PJ Ryan (IND) and Shane Talty (FF) after a meeting between authority members and Shannon Group Acting CEO Mary Considine. They’re now calling for a meeting with Transport Minister Shane Ross.

After that item, Gavin was joined by cancer survivor and oncology nurse from Tulla Anne Murphy who urged women to keep using the services of Cervical Check.


It follows a number of controversies about the service, as well as figures showing that the rate of uptake in clare is at 72.9 percent, for the period 2012 to 2017 – well below the national average of 80 percent.

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Then, Gavin heard from an extraordinarily talented teenager from Ennis. Seán Shannon is just 14 and a rising star as a pianist. Listen back below:

In the second hour of the programme, Money Doctor John Lowe had some invaluable advice on travel insurance and Cllr Cillian Murphy (FF) from Kilkee told Gavin about his recent experience at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) where overcrowding has been reaching record levels.

Then, folklorist Eddie Lenihan joined Gavin in studio to talk about the tradition surrounding hawthorn trees. It follows reports that some trees close to the Hill of Tara are being damaged by items including underwear and handcuffs that are being attached to them, as well as coins nailed to the bark.

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The show rounded off, as always on a Tuesday, with a visit from Clare County Dog Warden Frankie Coote.