Morning Focus – 28/11/18

Morning Focus kicked off today with Dep Michael Harty, GP & Ind Td for Clare who spoke to us about the National Broadband Plan & HSE’s Winter Ready Plan.

Gabriella Hanrahan, UL Community Liaison Officer informed us about the Matrix Recruitment Workplace Equality Survey. The results of the survey have revealed that around half of women and more than a third of men have experienced discrimination in the workplace. the survey also shows that ageism is a problem and people without children are discriminated against and expected to work late.

Richard Faulkner, Technical Field Consultant for Rentokil was on the line to discuss Clare being the third most rodent-infested county in Ireland. This year we are more likely to have rodent infestations due to a recovery in the construction sector and a combination of weather conditions.


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In the second hour of the show Flan Hehir, Author of ‘Drumcliff – St Flannan’s Section’ and Ger Browne, Author of ‘Clare in WW2’ were in studio to tell us about two new books which are being launched by Clare Roots Society. Tomorrow night (November 29) the two new books will be launched at the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis.

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A group of ‘Ocean Heroes’ from the Dive Academy in Lahinch joined Gavin on air to discuss why they’ve been named Business of the Year in Clean Coasts Awards. Dive Academy collected around 200kg of debris, filling over 20 sacks (140kg) of refuse during the Big Beach Clean, along with several large objects (a metal fence-post, a tangled mass of rope, a car battery, plastic panels and sheets). The group took these objects to the local council facility for processing. They hold “Dive Against Debris” dives (an initiative from Project Aware) where they collect any underwater debris from some of their favourite dive sites in the Atlantic.

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After that, we heard from photographer Vincent Butler who has created a wonderful fundraising book for Simon Community. Vincent has published a collection of ‘Sixty Photographs for Simon’ which he took while travelling from the North to the South Poles. He hopes to raise €100,000 for the Simon Community and has €19,000 so far.

In the last hour of Morning Focus Clara Rose told us about the popular ‘Ladies in the Blues’ event which is returning to glór, Ennis on Friday (November 30). Ladies in the Blue pays homage to some of the greats of the genre, including Mamie Smith, Ida Cox and Ma Rainey.

Yvonne Holmes, Head of Corporate Communications, ERP (The European Recycling Platform) spoke to us about the Batteries for Barretstown initiative. The amount collected in Clare over the last 10 years is the equivalent of 1.25 times the length of the Wild Atlantic Way. The ERP has developed vast international expertise, expanding its recycling services to include batteries as well as packaging.

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Then, Clare FM music guru Brian Flynn played this week’s ‘Greatest Song You’ve Probably Never Heard.’

Derek O’Connor, Jockey joined us live in studio to tell us about being nominated for the Ride of the Year at the Horse Racing Ireland Awards. You can vote by clicking here until 12 noon on Sunday (December 2).

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