The Today Show - Thursday Aprl 19th
On today’s edition of The Today Show, Maire Moynahan spoke with Fionnuala Sheehan, Chief Executive of Drinkaware.ie. The group has welcomed the continuing downward trend in underage drinking in Ireland disclosed in the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Survey (HBSC) 2010 launched by Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly. This survey of children aged 9 to 18 has been undertaken at four year intervals, starting in 1998. Among the main alcohol-related findings of the 2010 survey are the following: 54% of the 9-18 year olds reported that they have never had an alcoholic drink. This is an increase of 23% since 1998, and 14% since 2002. While 21% of children reported having had an alcoholic drink in the past month - a decrease of some 13% since 1998, and 4% since 2002.
Ann Griffin, Project Administrator of LIT Clare was in studio to discuss how Limerick Institute of Technology (L.I.T.) has assumed control of the Ennis Regional Learning Centre in what is regarded as a significant boost for the delivery of higher-level education in Co. Clare. The renamed ‘LIT Clare - Ennis Learning Centre’ campus, which is one of three facilities providing third-level education in the County, is expected to help widen participation in higher education in Clare by providing flexible and local access to third-level programmes. An Open Day will be held at the LIT Clare - Ennis Learning Centre, located on the first floor of Clare County Museum building in Ennis, on Tuesday April 24th between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM. Individuals interested in applying to take part in the 2012 Business Computing course will get an opportunity to meet with lecturers, staff and current students.
Also on The Today Show, the Through the Ages series focused on the stories and memoirs of past pupils in Tulla National School. 75 years ago as part of an oral history project set in motion by what was then the Folklore Commission in 1937 – when children in national schools all over Ireland were asked to gather as much of their local folklore as possible from their elderly family members and neighbours and to write it all down just as they heard it. The essays that resulted from this project form a unique record of the customs, beliefs, stories and songs of that time. They include tales, traditions, old cures, riddles and jokes – and are reanimated by today’s pupils from across Co. Clare. Today we heard from the students of St Mochulla’s National School.
Damien O’Brien, Brother in Law of the late Ger McDonnell also joined Maire to talk about his new book - The Time Has Come. The book is based on Ger, an experienced and respected mountain climber, who met his fate on K2 in 2008. In 2008, Limerick man Ger became the first Irish person to reach the summit of K2 – the world’s second highest peak and one of the most dangerous. However disaster struck on his descent and Ger died along with ten other climbers in a series of avalanches. At the time, international media accounts claimed that Ger took leave of his senses and started heading back towards the summit, leaving his climbing partner behind. Ger was subsequently swept away by an avalanche, while the Italian survived. Ger’s family have always disputed this version of events. Now in a new book, The Time Has Come, the family have evidence to prove otherwise
Clare FM’s Stephen McDermott of the 11 to 1 Show and resident Film Reviewer talked about the latest releases to cinema including; The Cabin in the Woods, Wrath of the Titans and Battleship. He also reviewed new films available on DVD – The Help, Moneyball and Alvin & The Chipmunks 3
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