Morning Focus – Friday 2nd August 2019

On Friday’s Morning Focus we discussed how the issue of speeding is becoming a major headache for those living in the Sixmilebridge area.

The Limerick and Shannon roads, in particular, are said to be hotspots for extremely fast drivers, which residents there say they have had enough of.
Now, it’s hoped a collaborative effort between Clare County Council, the Gardaí and local residents can mount a campaign of some sort to address the issue.
The local authority for its part says digital speed signs are on order for the Limerick Road and Gardaí will include this location in their speed detection patrols.
Clare FM’s James Mulhall visited Sixmilebridge where he spoke firstly to Fine Gael Councillor John Crowe – a lifelong resident of the village.

Next Wednesday sees a really interesting event coming to glór in Ennis, and if you like poetry, music and stimulating debate, this could very well be for you.
It’s called Muldoon’s Picnic and features a regular guest on this show – that’s the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, with an eclectic mix of guests including the acclaimed thinker and journalist Fintan O’Toole.
Fintan took time out from his work at The Irish Times to speak with Pat Flynn earlier this week about the event.


Kilmaley’s Seán Dillon is very familiar with historical fact, having spent his working life teaching History.
The subject has always fascinated him and has dedicated part of his retirement to fulfilling a cherished dream and writing a historical novel.
He’s just published ‘The True Chronicle – The Children of Valdelaine’, and he’s joined us live in the studio to tell us all about it.

On this weeks Friday Panel we discussed:

· Should we hold a Border poll in the event of a no-deal Brexit?

· Are we doing enough to curb problem drinking?

· What would you change in our school’s system if you were Minister for Education?

· What’s your take on the Love Island phenomenon?

Joining us on the panel this week was: 

    • Tony Killeen -Former Fianna Fail Minister
    • Sharon Cahir of Cahir & Co. Solicitors in Ennis
    • Michael McNamara, Barrister & former Labour TD for Clare

They won’t exactly be dancing at the crossroads this weekend in Kilrush, but they will be dancing in the Square, as part of the Kilrush Traditional Music and Set Dancing Festival.
Up to next Monday, August 5, there’ll also be set and sean nós dancing workshops, a singers club, a gala concert, international dance displays and sessions all over the place! Anne Hayes joined us on the show to talk about the event.

Events this week:

‘Light of My Being’ art exhibition by Frances Bailey will open at The Health & Wellness Centre at Carrigoran House, Newmarket-on-Fergus next Monday night at 7.30pm.
Bishop Emeritus Willie Walsh will officiate and the exhibition will run until this day week, Friday, August 9 (11am-7pm daily).

The Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) are holding a fundraising Coffee Morning tomorrow (Sat, Aug 3) at 10.30am in their Resource & Outreach Centre on Francis Street in Ennis. There’ll be a flash sale at the charity shop and everything will be reduced to €1 for the duration of the coffee morning. There’ll be a raffle too with prizes sponsored by local businesses. All are welcome.