Morning Focus – Wednesday 02/05/18

Wednesday’s Morning Focus featured a special report from the Clare Crusaders Clinic in Barefield.

Clinical Director Ann Norton featured as well as psychotherapist Jan Casey, volunteer Daniel, and parents Liz and Gavin. They spoke to Morning Focus producer, Fiona McGarry who visited the centre this week.

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The show opened with an interview with Junior Minister Pat Breen who updated Gavin on the latest developments on the CervicalCheck story and on the Brexit negotiations.

Staying with the fall-out of the CervicalCheck scandal, Gavin spoke to Dr Máire Finn, who advice for women concerned about smear tests and cervical cancer.

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Then, Gavin was joined on the line by Michael Vaughan, former president of the Irish Hotels Federation and Lahinch hotelier.

Advice on renewing passports and using online services featured on the show too when Gavin spoke with Fiona Penollar from the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Then, Denise Dunne of Croí updated Gavin on an event tonight (May 2) for anyone recently been diagnosed with heart disease, heart attack or stroke, or who has stents or had bypass or heart valve surgery.
The free public talk takes place on Wednesday May 2 at 7pm in the Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis organised by local heart & stroke charity Croi.

Next in studio were Martin O’Donohue (Mr Byrne)and Neil Haran (Teddy Heelin) of Corofin Dramatic Society. The group has qualified for the All-Ireland Drama Final in Athlone with ‘Big Maggie’. As part of their preparation they’re putting the show on in glor on May 4 and 5.

Bishop Fintan Monahan has invited families from all across the Diocese of Killaloe to join him on Sunday 6th May for a Family Picnic Day. The event will take place in the Showgrounds in Ennis from 2.00pm to 6.00pm on the day. Admission to the Picnic Day is Free.
Gavin spoke about the event to Cora Guinnane, Killaloe Diocesan Youth Council.

Loop Head will host family-friendly events including Irish traditional music at the Lighthouse on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm and the Food Circle showcasing local food produce on Bank Holiday Monday from 1pm to 3pm. Martin Gleeson, Loop Head Lighthouse supervisor joined Gavin on the line with more details.

The show rounded off with a visit from vet, John Underhill of Burren Vets in Ennistymon.

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