Morning Focus – 18/10/18

Authors Elizabeth Starr and Niall Allsop

Morning Focus kicked off today with Dep Pat Breen on the National Broadband Contract row. 

Fine Gael’s Pat Breen broke his silence since being under pressure to resign after the resignation of the Minister for Communication Denis Naughten.

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Dep Michael Harty talked about Denis Naughten’s impropriety and feels that if Taoiseach Leo Varadkar believes Denis Naughten acted wrongly he must believe hose who arranged the meetings acted inappropriately too.

Then, we heard from the people of Ennis about who they plan on voting for in the presidential election next week. Clare FM reporters Ryan Hanton and Kayley Hardiman carried out a vox-pop to find out.

In the second hour of the show we spoke about the Clare convention of Alcoholics Anonymous which takes place from October 18021 at the Auburn Lodge, Ennis. For more information contact 085 1841103 or click here to visit their website.

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GP and herbalist Dilís Clarke informed us all about the benefits of herbs in winter. In the season of colds and flus herbal remedies are the perfect thing to fight off bugs.

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We heard from Mary Howard, Chairperson of the Clare Joint Policing Committee about the information evening they are hosting on internet safety in Ennis on Thursday, 25th October. The information evening is for parents, teachers and anyone dealing with children. The event will also feature a presentation from Dr. Maureen Griffin, a forensic psychologist and Director of MGMS Training Limited.

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Treasurer of the Clare County Board, Michael Gallagher was on the line to talk Clare ticket offers for weekend GAA matches.

In the last hour of Morning Focus we heard from Authors Niall Allsop and Elizabeth Starr on their new books. They have written a book together called ‘Fact & Fiction’ which is a book of short stories – 20 non-fiction and 20 fiction. Niall has also written ‘Chasing the Craic: Travel Tales of an Irish rover’ which catalogues his travelling encounters across mainland Europe, the United States and Ireland.

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Prof Brian Ó Curnáin joined us to talk about the Roscommon Irish manuscript he discovered which is believed to have been composed by Roscommon man Éamann Ó hOrchaidh around 1780. The manuscript entitled ‘Cúirt an Mhéan Oíche’ is an 18th century poem which pits women against men in a comic battle of the sexes.

We heard about this year’s Dainty Daisies pageant in Ennis from Sharon Meehan, 2017 contestant Laurence O’Brien and Principal of Gaelcholáiste an Chláir & Ennis Community College Brian O’Donoghue. Men in dresses will take to the stage this Friday evening (October 19) at the Woodstock Hotel in aid of Rape Crisis Midwest.

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Miltown Malbay songwriters Anne Rynne and Shona Blake were in studio to discuss their performance ‘Three Women Sing’ at Glór Theatre, Ennis this Friday (October 19). Songwriters Anne Rynne and Shona Blake along with Claire Watts will perform songs dealing with family, love, loss, laughter and life.