Morning Focus – 20/11/18

Morning Focus began with a look at Ennis’ Black Friday spending plans as Clare FM’s own Ryan Hanton headed out with his microphone.

Then, Dr Mike Byrne, Founding Director of El Electronics joined us to discuss winning the Alumni Award for UCD in recognition of his life-saving work on smoke and gas detecting products. The company is one of the most successful in the Midwest and one of its most important employers.

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The hour rounded out with Niamh Davenport, FraudSmart spokesperson spoke to us about the problem with scamming in business. Over a third of Irish SMEs have been targeted by financial fraud in the last year and one attempt in every 18 has been successful.

In the second hour of the show we had our regular item ‘The Money Doctor’ with Independent financial advisor Dr John Lowe.

After that, Roisín Garvey, Green Party candidate for North Clare MD, Local Elections 2019 spoke to Pat. Some issues she puts an emphasis on are water quality, ease-of-access to funding, smart rural transport, local housing and small business.

Then we had heard from PJ Mason uncle of Brian Mason, a Broadford native who tragically died in a motorbike accident in Western Australia aged 28. After this Brian’s family received huge support from the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust and from the Claddagh Association. Now the Mason family is giving back in their own way by organizing a tractor run in Broadford on Sunday (Nov 25, 12pm) to raise funds for the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust. Colin Bell, who set up the trust after the death of his son Kevin in New York in 2013, also joined the discussion.

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Ending the show’s second hour, Frankie Coote provided us with this week’s Animal Welfare Update.

Opening up the show’s third and final hour was Mayor of Ennis Clare Colleran Molloy. She spoke about the work of the Alzheimers’ Society and a lunch she is organizing for Sunday (Nov 25th) at 1pm in the Old Ground Hotel to support the group. We also heard from Dr Helen Rochford Brennan who told our producer Fiona McGarry more about the work the Alzheimers’ Society does and the effect dementia can have on those afflicted.

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Then Fr Ignatius McCormack, principal of St Flannan’s College, took the spotlight. He talked about the Defence Forces Band coming to play at Glór to play with Flannan’s’ own trad group as part of a major fundraiser for the school and Pieta House.

Morning Focus concluded with Clare FM’s James Mulhall who heard from students who were involved in this year’s ITLG Young Innovators. This year’s ITLG Young Innovators event was held in Shannon Airport on Thursday last with Dragon’s Den tycoons there to hear students pitches.