Morning Focus – 17/02/2020

On Monday’s edition of Morning Focus, we discussed the state of the roads in Clare, ahead of a Council debate on the matter.

Gavin was joined by Fine Gael Councillor Joe Cooney, who is also Chair of the Clare GAA Board. He also discussed the impact of the poor weather on this weekend’s GAA action, including the cancellation of the Harty Cup Final between St. Flannan’s College and CBC Cork, which was scheduled for Saturday. Later in the show, Clare FM analyst and former Clare captain Tommy Guilfoyle gave his views on the same matter during our weekly sports recap with Gavin. You can hear that below:


Also on the programme this morning, we heard from Tom Brophy of the Federation for Victim Assistance. They’re holding a mass in Knock this weekend in support of crime victims (Knock Basilica on Sunday at 12 noon), while he and Gavin also discussed the supports that are available for crime victims.

Next, following the death of Caroline Flack, Gavin spoke with Ian Power, founder of, in particular about trolling on social media. Ian argued that systemic change is needed to address the issue, as you can hear below:

After 10:00, Clare’s Crime Prevention Officer Sgt. Triona Brooks joined us for our Garda Focus slot and after that Mary Crawford, who is Chairperson of the Mid Clare Brigade Commemoration Group, outlined their plans to commemorate the highest ranking IRA officer to be killed in Clare during the War of Independence. Vice-Commandant of the Mid Clare Brigade, Martin Devitt was shot dead during a shoot-out with the RIC on February 24th 1920. A commemorative event in Ennistymon this Sunday will be attended by Mary O’Rourke, and will include music by Sharon Shannon and family, as Mary explained:

To finished the show, Gavin then met members of The New Hope Theatre group, Suzi O’Brien and Noel Dillon, who will be raising funds for charity as they stage a Jimmy Keary’s For Better For Worse in Cratloe (Feb 20th – 22nd), Limerick (Na Piarsaigh GAA, Feb 28th) and Killaloe (March 21st) in aid of worthy local charities.

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