Morning Focus – Wednesday 23/05/18

Wednesday’s Morning Focus brought expert advice on managing your blood pressure.

Gavin was joined in studio by Dr Máire Finn of the Ennis Family Medical Centre, who also answered a range of general medical questions.

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As the tourism season starts, the show kicked off by hearing concerns about traffic congestion in the Burren. Gavin spoke with Cllr Pat Hayes (FF) who has tabled a motion on the issue at the Killaloe Municipal District Meeting this week. He also heard from Bríd Fahey of the Burren Eco Tourism Network and Linalla Ice Cream in New Quay.

Then midweek show then had a discussion about the low uptake of funding from government for rural CCTV. Gavin spoke with Seamus Sherlock of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Association (ICSA) who said that the red tape had to be taken out of the application system.

After that, Gearóid Fitzgibbon, Community Development Specialist with the organisation eTownz, joined Gavin to discuss a series of ten workshops that will roll out from tonight (May 23 in Kilkee) in association with Clare Local Development Company (CLDC) as part of the Clare Smart Communities Programme.

Clare FM’s Padraic Flaherty continued his ‘On the Front Line’ series with a look at teenage discos.

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Then, Gavin welcomed a young Gort-born screenwriter to studio as her film ‘Edie’, starring the legendary Sheila Hancock, goes on release.

Elizabeth O’Halloran, who’s parents hail from Clare, spoke to the show just ahead of the opening of the film at the Eye Cinema in Galway on Friday night (May 25).

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Dr Mary Ryan, from Killaloe, was Gavin’s next guest. She’s the organiser of a major conference at the University of Limerick on Saturday next (May 26), on the topic of empowering women.

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Then, Colm Collins, Clare Senior Football Manager spoke to Gavin about a golf classic in support of the team. That takes place tomorrow (Thurs, May 24) and Friday.

The show rounded off, as always on a Wednesday, with a visit from John Underhill of Burren Vets.

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