Morning Focus – 25/10/18

Morning Focus began today with Paul Redmond who is Chairperson of the Coalition of Mother and Baby Homes Survivors.

Paul discussed the news that the site of the former mother and baby home in Tuam is to be fully excavated and the remains there reburied.

Keir McNamara, Clare Peace Park Committee spoke about the vandalism of a WWI memorial which is dedicated to over 700 Claremen and women opposite in the Clare Peace Park in Ennis. The unfortunate incident comes just weeks prior to a major commemoration which will mark 100 years since the end of the conflict and is being investigated by Gardaí.


In the second hour of the show we had our regular segment ‘Parenting Advice’ with Dr Toby Sachsenmaier. The topic she discussed this week was teenage drinking. A judge has suggested that teenage discos should carry out random breathalyser tests on teenagers to ensure events remain alcohol and drug free after an emergency plan was activated at a disco in West Cork.

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Fiona Staunton of Ennis Scouts told us about the fundraising concert they are hosting to generate funds for a new hall close to the Cathedral. The concert will take place in the West County Hotel on Saturday, November 10. Tickets are available from the West County or from the Ennis Scouts 1st and 4th Group pages on Facebook.

Mary O’Dowd, Acting Manager, Health & Wellness Centre, Carrigoran House, Newmarket-On-Fergus was live in studio to talk about the two day conference on the positives of ageing. The conference is called ‘A Time To Grow’ and is on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3.

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After that, Sgt John Moloney, Chair Clare Cycle Safely and Cllr Paul Murphy, Fine Gael member of Ennis MD and Former Mayor of Ennis told us about a fundraising cycle for mental health supports. The charity cycle will be held on Sunday, October 28 from 10am to 3pm with 3 different options: 35km, 60km and 80+km.

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Ronan Phelan spoke to us about adapting James Joyce’s novel ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’ for the stage. The production will come to the Glór Theatre, Ennis next Saturday night (October 27).

Broadcaster Hector Ó hEochagáin came into studio to inform Gavin all about his new show on TG4 ‘From Siberia to Saigon’ which documents his 8,000km journey from Siberia to Saigon. On the route Hector crossed Mongolia and China before entering Nepal and crossed Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand and Cambodia. The programme will air on Thursday nights starting tonight (October 25) on TG4 at 9:30pm.

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