Morning Focus – 27/09/18

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Morning Focus began this morning with Fine Gael TD for Clare Joe Carey who spoke about the motion of confidence in Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy.

Murphy’s survival has done little to alleviate public anger over the deepening housing crisis.

The new CEO of the Western Development Commission, Quin native Tomás Ó Síocháin joined Gavin on air to talk about his new position. The WDC advise Government on policy for the western region and Ó Síocháin has said that there is now a big opportunity to support economic, social and cultural growth in Clare.


After this, Fr Brendan Quinlivan discussed how Communion Day is being shelved for children in the Carlow parish of Askea. Children are now being invited to make their communion on any Mass Day in May instead.

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In the second hour of the show we had our regular segment ‘Parenting Advice’ with Dr Toby Sachsenmaier. This week she dealt with the subject of supporting anxious children.

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President of the Irish Pharmaceutical Union, Darragh Connolly joined us to talk about getting the flu vaccine. Pharmacists are advising that people get the flu vaccine early this year to avoid infection.

Then, we heard about the Síle Callinan Memorial football tournament which was set up to honour a West Clare woman who died after a battle with Cystic Fibrosis aged 26. This year the memorial will be in Cooraclare next Saturday (September 29). Former Kerry footballer Aidan O’Mahony spoke to us ahead of the event.

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In the last hour of Morning Focus Ennis-based personal trainer Cillian Keane told us all about the Physical Activity Expo which will take place in the county town this weekend. The event will feature a host of exciting activities such as yoga, rowing, dance and rock climbing. The Expo will kick off this Saturday (September 29) at Treacy’s West County Hotel.

Next, Tom McEvoy informed us about the ‘Amber Flag’ initiative for Pieta House. The programme encourages schools, colleges, societies and sports clubs to promote a shift in how we view mental health.

Manager of Clare Volunteer Centre, Sharon Meaney was in studio to talk about the search for Clare’s kindest volunteer. Communities can nominate a volunteer for the National Volunteer Ireland Awards.

The show concluded with Joe Clarke from who told us a bit about the National Geographic, Symphony for Our World event which takes place at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick this Saturday (September 29). The event will feature some fantastically talented symphony musicians perform alongside synchronised mages of the natural world with an opportunity to see the Liam McCarthy Cup.