Morning Focus – 01/11/18

Joe-Queally, Seán Tyrell and Patrick O’Dwyer

Morning Focus began with Conor McMahon, Deputy editor of who told us about the drop-off in coach tours across Ireland. 

There were 3,000 fewer bus tourists in 2017 than 2016 and it is feared that there could be a further decline.

Dr Rory Costello, Department of Politics and Political Administration, University of Limerick disected whether Peter Casey’s popularity represents the rise of populism in Irish politics.


Mick Clifford, Special correspondent, Irish Examiner spoke about the legacy of whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe. Sgt McCabe retired from the Gardaí , effective from midnight last night (October 31). He was recently vindicated by the Disclosure’s Tribunal which found there was a smear campaign against him.

In the second hour of the show Brendan Foley, Killaloe, All Blacks Slayer reminisced on the 40th anniversary of the Munster All Black’s victory. Munster beat the All Blacks in 1978 at Thomond Park.

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After that, Fergal O’Sullivan, My Legacy informed us why people should include charities in their wills. My Legacy are encouraging people to think about leaving a tax-free legacy gift in their will to a charity they care about.

We heard about the appointment of Community Rural Development Officers in Clare. A new initiative from Clare County Council will see the appointment of these officers to each Municipal District.

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Clare FM reporter Kayley Hardiman took to the streets of Ennis to ask people how patient they think they are following a survey which reveals how patient the Irish people really are.

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In the final hour of Morning Focus we heard about the West’s Awake fundraising concert for the RNLI from Patrick O’Dwyer, Organiser of The West’s Awake, Joe Queally, RNLI fundraiser and Seán Tyrell. The fundraising concert will feature Edel Vaughan, Keelan Culligan, Murt Collins, dancer Kevin Cunniffe and Seán Tyrell and take place at the Bellbridge House Hotel, Spanish Point this Friday (November 2).

Pádraic McMahon and Con Woods were live in studio to tell us all about the 35th edition of the Tradraí publication which will be launched this Friday in The Clubhouse, Newmarket-On-Fergus at 8pm. Tradraí features photographs and interesting interviews with some of the biggest GAA stars. Copies will be on sale for €7 in local shops and pubs.

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Olive Walsh and Andrew Keegan, Member of the board  informed us about the Orange Tie Ball which takes place on Saturday, November 10 at the Inn at Dromoland. The event is in support of Cycle Against Suicide which strive to break down the barriers around mental illness.

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