Morning Focus Blog – 31/10/18

Morning Focus commenced with Clare Traveller Kathleen Sherlock, Mincéir Whidden on her response to Peter Casey’s presidential campaign and remarks about the Travelling community. 

Kathleen believes that accommodation, education and employment are the key issues which need to be addressed to improve the situation of the Travelling community.

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Fr Harry Bohan, Sociologist and PP Sixmilebridge joined us to discuss the scourge of drug use among young people. Could GAA Clubs be the key to reaching these young people?

He will launch a new publication by the Sixmilebridge Historical Society this Friday (November 2) in Sixmilebridge GAA Club Hall at 8pm. It will be entitled ‘Sixmilebridge – Images through Time.’

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Darragh McAllister, Clare Chairperson Vitners Federation of Ireland (VFI) spoke to Gavin in studio about the new drink driving rules which formally came into effect last week. The penalty for drink driving now is a mandatory 3-month ban.

In the second hour of Morning Focus we had our regular segment ‘Ask the GP’ with Dr Máire Finn, Ennis Family Medical Centre. This week she discussed the topic of traditional cures.

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Then we heard from Francie Daly from the campaign to keep Lissycasey Post Office open and Cllr PJ Kelly, a Fianna Fáil member representing West Clare. They spoke to us as Lissycasey Post Office seemingly closes its doors for good.

In the last hour of Morning Focus Teresa Carmody O’Shea and Peter Downes from the DeValera Library in Ennis joined us for the Morning Focus Book Club. This week’s book of choice was ‘Your Closest Friend’ by Karen Perry.

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After that, John Burke, The Armada Hotel & The Elevate Foundation and Andrew Clancy, Committee Chairperson informed us about the Lip Synch West Clare Style event. The event will take place next Sunday (November 4) at the Armada Hotel, Spanish Point. The event will raise funds for The Elevate Foundation and Pieta House.

The show wrapped up with a chat with Muriel Cuddy. The fitness expert joined Gavin for a chat about her work promoting healthy lifestyles in schools, clubs and colleges. Michael O’Doherty, who has benefited from working with Muriel joined the conversation too.