Morning Focus – Friday 26/05/17

John Burke and wife Aoibhin Garrihy with Clare FM's Gavin Grace

A jam-packed edition of Morning Focus featured an in-depth interview with Everest conqueror John Burke, the first Clare man to reach the summit.

He and his wife, actress and model Aoibhinn Garrihy, joined Gavin in studio to chat about the achievement. Listen back below:


The show opened with a look at revelations about financial affairs at the University of Limerick. Gavin spoke with Sunday Times journalist Mark Tighe who was one of those who participated in an special investigation by RTE’s Prime Time. Listen back below:

Farm safety was the next topic up for discussion following a report showing it’s the most dangerous occupation. Gavin was joined on the line by Willie Hanrahan, Clare Chair of the IFA and by Martin McMahon, Clare Chair of the ICMSA. Listen back below:

Derrick Lynch of Clare FM Sport joined Gavin in studio to look ahead to the Clare Senior Football Quarter Final.

Siobhán Mulcahy, Clare County Arts Officer, was Gavin’s next guest for her weekly round-up of arts events in the Banner County.

The round-up featured Tansy Watson of Irish Seed Savers in Scarriff who told Gavin about their seed exchange event on Sunday (May 28).

This week’s Friday Panel was made up of Brian Meaney, John Quinlivan and Michael McNamara. Listen back below:

Round off the show, Gavin went to North Clare to chat to Mary O’Brien about the tenth Clare Burren Marathon Challenge and to Peter Curtin about the Burren Beer and Street Food Festival.