Morning Focus – Friday 15/06/18

Today’s Morning Focus began with more analysis of the new electoral boundaries for County Clare as Gavin discussed the changes with Tony Killeen, a former Minister and TD for Clare.

Then Managing Director of Sales for UK and Ireland for United Airlines, Bob Schumacher talked about the airline’s 20 year anniversary of Shannon-New York flights.

Ending the first hour Séamus Ryan, chairperson of the Clare Library Service branch of Fórsa talked about the deal which avoided strikes at libraries across the country. The situation arose due to government plans to implement self-service at libraries.

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Moving into the second hour Clare FM’s Derrick Lynch previewed the upcoming Clare v Limerick match.

Fr. Seamus Enright talked about Limerick’s upcoming Novena. The Novena takes place from June 15th to 23rd with 10 sessions each day. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Family” and speakers include Dan Baragry C.Ss.R, Peter Hill C.Ss.R, Gerry Moloney C.Ss.R and Anne Walsh. There is a special “Children’s Novena” on Sunday, June 17th at 4:30pm. Prayers of petition or thanksgiving can be left at the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help or emailed to [email protected]

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Next on the show, regular guest Siobhán Murphy, Clare County Arts Officer gave us this weeks’ arts round-up.

Rounding of Morning Focus’ second hour we heard from Gráinne Cotter, a jazz singer from Kilmalry, Margaret O’Connor, a hat designer from Tubber and Angie Goff of Glór and Fanore. They gave us all the details on the upcoming Glór Gin & Jazz Fundraiser. The event featuring food, art and live music takes place in The Old Ground Hotel on Thursday the 21st of June. Get tickets at Glór.ie or by calling Glór box office.

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With the last hour it was time for this week’s Friday Panel. This weeks panel included Ger O’Halloran, a Quin businessman and member of Clare’s Joint Policing Committee, John Quinlivin of Friends of Shannon Airport and former Shannon Development Regional Manager and Martin Waldron, businessman of Craft Works, Ennis and Corofin resident. The panel discussed Leo’s first year as Taoiseach, Trump’s historic meeting with Kim Jong Un and the drug problems facing Clare. The World Cup was also touched on briefly.

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The show ended with live music from and an interview with musician Steo Wall.