Morning Focus – 26/04/18

To kick off the show, Senator Martin Conway spoke about his claims that a state grant to help the elderly make changes to their homes is being abused, with people “on the verge of passing away or going into a nursing home” receiving it. The Fine Gael Senator says the taxpayer is pumping tens of thousands of euro into properties that are then sold or rented when their elderly owner either dies or moves into a nursing home.

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Then, Clare FM’s Fiona Cahill headed to Lisdoonvarna to talk with King Thomond Hotel’s manager, Geraldine Whyte, about how their new direct provision centre has been operating over the last few weeks.

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2018 marks the 50th anniversary of a local family owned hotel. Treacy’s West County Hotel will be celebrating fifty years this weekend. Alphie Rodgers, Sales and Marketing Manager at the hotel, joined Gavin in the studio to talk about the milestone event.

Dr Máire Finn of the Ennis Family Medical Centre came to the studio to talk with Gavin about listeners’ medical queries. Today their was a lot of attention cast on coughs, the different kinds, what they mean, what to do, etc.

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Dr Toby Sachsenmaier also returned to the show for her parenting slot with Gavin.

After that, Orla Flanagan who is Glór’s Director and, playwright Jacinta Sheerin came to studio to talk to Gavin about Glór’s new PlatForms initiative. PlatForm is a new glór initiative to support artists in creating new work – whilst providing insight for audiences into the development process and the choices that artists make. PlatForms will see selected artists across art-forms sharing excerpts from their work-in-progress, with opportunities for audience responses and feedback.  The first event was held last night, and another will take place in late November.  Interested artists will be invited to make contact with Glór.

In regional events, the Clare Rose Of Tralee Centre is proud to present the 2018 Clare Rose of Tralee Gala selection at The The Inn at Dromoland, this Friday night the 27th of April.  Doors will open at 7:30 pm. The chosen representative will represent County Clare in the extended International Rose of Tralee festival this August. Ciarán O Connell from the Clare Rose Of Tralee Centre, chatted with Gavin about the event.

Peter Sheridan who is the Director of ‘Minding Frankie’, spoke to Gavin live about the Maeve Binchy adaptation that is coming to the Lime Tree Theatre in Limerick. ‘Minding Frankie’ is the story of Noel Lynch who is battling an alcohol addiction, when he gets a call from Stella, a girlfriend with whom he shared a drunken weekend. Stella is having Noel’s child; she is also dying from cancer. Noel must raise their daughter, Frankie, but social services have other ideas. The show will be on in the Lime Tree Theatre from May 1st-3rd at 8 p.m.

Finally, Gavin chatted legendary music promoter Pat Egan. Pat has worked with some huge artists, including Queen, Status Quo, Billy Connolly, Elton John and many, many more.  Gavin spoke with him ahead of The Michael Jackson HIStory Show at the University Concert Hall at UL on Tuesday, May 1st.

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