Morning Focus – 22/11/18

Author, playwright and historian Michael Harding in studio

Morning Focus commenced today with Cllr Cathal Crowe, General election candidate and member of Shannon MD who joined us to discuss the drop in staff working in child mental health services in the midwest.

Between January and September this year 65 children were admitted to mental health units  as there were no Child and Adolescent Mental Health beds available.

Michelle Minihan, EPA on concern over water quality in Clare hotels, creches and nursing homes. According to the Environmental Protection Agency E.coli was found in 51 private water supplies serving commercial buildings in the last year.


Paul Cunningham, Home for Life told us about a new scheme for distressed mortgage holders. The government-approved mortgage to rent provider Home for Life is encouraging mortgage-holders in unsustainable debt to stay in their current homes debt-free as long-term tenants of their local authority.

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In the second hour of Morning Focus we had our regular segment ‘Parenting Advice’ with Dr Toby Sachsenmaier. This week’s topic dealt with sibling rivalry.

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Clare FM football analyst Joe Garry and Seán Lenihan spoke about the Oskars screening for Clare Ladies & Men’s Football Fund. In the last number of months Clare footballers have been filming some of the most iconic movie scenes ever to raise funds for Clare Ladies & Men’s Football Fund. The Clare Football Oskars will take place on Friday next (November 23).

Allen Foster told us about his new book ‘Foster’s Book of Irish Murders’ which sheds a light on the notorious Clare murders. One case in Clare led to an international manhunt.

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In the last hour of Morning Focus Amanda McCloat, Head of Home Economics, St Angela’s College, Sligo discussed whether Home Economics should be mandatory to curb childhood obesity. In a new report from the Children and Youth Affairs Committee it has been proposed that Home Economics be made a mandatory Junior Certificate subject.

Clare FM music guru Brian Flynn joined us to play ‘The Greatest Song You’ve Probably Never Heard.’ This week’s song was ‘Autumn Almanac’ by The Kinks.

Author, playwright and historian Michael Harding was live in studio to give details about his book ‘On Tuesdays, I’m a Buddhist’ ahead of a special event in glór, Ennis this evening (November 22).

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Clare FM’s Ryan Hanton went out with his mike to hear all about International Children’s Day at St Anne’s Special School, Ennis.