Morning Focus – Wednesday 06/11/19

Today on Morning Focus we heard from Fr Bernárd Lynch, who’s well-known for his work with Aid victims and for coming out as a gay priest.

Fr Lynch is set to receive the Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad from President Higgins n November 21st. Fr Bernard Lynch was born in Ennis and is now living in London. In 2017, he married his husband Billy. He joined the Society of African Missions in 1965.

Listen below to our extended version of the interview:


Before that, Minister Pat Breen, Fine Gael Clare TD, Minister for State with Responsibility for Trade, Employment, Business joined us in studio ahead of Aerlingus’s announcement of a new route linking Shannon Airport with Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport this morning. The airline also announced new filghts to Barcelona, but the Paris flight in particular will be a boost for Shannon, as it gives the Airport direct connectivity to a mainland European hub, and a second hub airport on top of London Heathrow. The news has already been welcomed by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

Next on Morning Focus, it was an end to an era at the weekend for Sixmilebridge Hurling. Club stalwart, and former Clare hurler Niall Gilligan joined us on-air following his retirement from the sport at the weekend. Niall’s career with the club’s senior side has spanned two and a half decades.

If you missed our chat with Niall, you can listen back below:

Next on the show, our Morning Focus Book Club returned as we heard from Caroline Connelly, Library Assistant of Clare County Library and Samantha Morrissey a Librarian in Ennis as they reviewed Ghost Light by Joseph O’Connor.

Joseph will be in conversation with Rachael English in an event at Shannon Library on Thursday night (November 7th). Full details are available on

Next month we’ll review Kealan Ryan’s debut novel, Middle Place.

If you missed this month’s Book Review, listen back below:

Next on the show, Clare FM’s Brian Flynn joined us in studio for this week’s Story behind the Song, where Brian told us all about the story behind Eric Clapton’s Layla.

To finish the show, we were joined on the line by Clinical Midwife Specialist of Bereavement and Loss, Rita O’Brien as she told us about the annual Ceremony of Remembrance at the Church of the Holy Rosary, Ennis Road, Limerick. The Ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 9th, 2019 at 3pm. Parents who have experienced the death of their baby/pregnancy loss at any stage, together with their family, friends and hospital staff, are all welcome to attend this service and families are invited to stay after the service for a chat and a cup of tea.