Morning Focus – 24/09/18

We heard from Colm Keane and Una O’Hagan ahead of the release of their new book called ‘The Little Flower.’

Before all that, the first Morning Focus of the week began with a discussion from IDA head Martin Shanahan about the benefits of Brexit in Clare.

Shannon and Clare may become home to some financial services companies post Brexit with the offer of lower costs and ample office space enticing companies into the region.


Next, Seamus Sherlock from the Irish Creamery Milk Supplier Association spoke about fears that there will be an increase in rural crimes. This was highlighted last week by many farming organisations at the National Ploughing Championships after recent cuts to the Garda overtime budget.

We also heard from the CEO of Clare Local Enterprise Office, Padraic McElwee about the jobs announcement made by Minister Pat Breen today at Ballymaley Business Park in Ennis. The new jobs will be in Ennis, Ennistymon and Shannon.

In the second hour of the show we had a regular segment in the form of Garda Focus with Clare Crime Prevention Officer Tríona O’Rourke.

Then, Clare FM’s James Mulhall spoke to Ennis Tidy Towns committee ahead of this year’s SuperValu Tidy Town Awards being unveiled today. The county town was just one point off the national title for the past two years.

Listen back below:

Brendan O’Brien of St Anne’s Community College in Killaloe joined Gavin, on the line, to discuss the school’s work to raise the profile of Cycle Against Suicide, and other initiatives to raise awareness of student mental health.

To round off the second hour Collette Gilbert who is organising Dromoland Castle’s ‘Fashion at the Castle’ fundraising event spoke to us about the event which is in conjunction with Scoil na Maighdine Mhuire and Newmarket Celtic.

The last hour of the show featured our staple Monday Sports Panel. Clare FM Sport’s Derrick Lynch gave an overview of the week’s sporting events alongside Clare Champion Sports Editor Seamus Hayes.

Listen back below:

After that, Colm Keane and Una O’Hagan told us about their new book ‘The Little Flower’ which is all about St Thérese of Lisieux and her strong Irish connections. St Thérese of Lisieux is credited with all kinds of miracles and cures.

Listen back below:

The final segment of the show featured Mary Phelan from Irish Red Cross who spoke about how they are seeking entries ahead of the ‘Irish Red Cross Humanitarian Awards.’ They are taking entries in categories including the Journalism Excellence Award, Innovation for Change Award, Humanitarian of the Year Award, Corporate Impact Award and Student Humanitarian Award.