Morning Focus Friday October 14th

Mark Breanach, Project Manager with the Referendum Commission’s Public Information Campaign joined Morning Focus to explain the two referendums Irish voters will be asked to decide on October 27th. The first is the Referendum on the pay of judges. This referendum is about whether the pay of judges can be reduced in certain circumstances. At present the Constitution does not allow for the reduction of the remuneration of sitting judges. The second is the Referendum on inquiries by the Oireachtas. This proposes to give the Houses of the Oireachtas (the Dáil and Seanad) express power to conduct inquiries into matters of general public importance and, in doing so, to make findings of fact about any person’s conduct. More information on

Breda McNamara, Cathaoirleach of Tulla Comhaltas Cultural Committee discussed
The launch of the Tulla Comhaltas Cultural Project ‘Cnoc na Gaoithe’ , which  takes place this Sunday. The Sisters of Mercy have donated the Convent and Primary School buildings to Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and plans are now underway to develop these buildings into a Cultural centre with particular emphasis on the cultural traditions of Clare. This will join a network of 16 other Comhaltas centers covering the whole island of Ireland. The Tulla centre will focus on culture, education and tourism and to mark it’s launch, there’s a series of events and festivities planned for this Sunday. Comhaltas celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.

Eamonn Kelly of the Clare County Enterprise Board discussed a new tourism and enterprise map.  The map highlights over 150 points of interest in North Clare and is being launched today in Lisdoonvarna to boost visitor numbers and trade in the north of the county. The map, commissioned by Clare County Enterprise Board, is unique in that it highlights portal tombs and ruined castles, alongside leisure activities, scenic walks, craft workshops and artisan food producers.  The launch is taking place at the Pavilion in Lisdoonvarna at 3pm


Also on today’s show;

Ger Talty, Chairperson of Kilmurry Ibrickane and Michael Considine and Joe Hallinan of St Joseph’s Doora Barefield joined Morning Focus live in studio ahead of this weekend’s final. They were also joined by Seamus O’Sullivan, PRO for St Joseph’s Doora Barefield. St. Josephs Doora Barefield will play Kilmurry-Ibrickane in the Clare Senior Football Championship Final on Sunday October 16th at 3:30pm in Cusack Park, Ennis. Last year Doonbeg were victorious. St. Josephs Doora Barefield won the O’Gorman Cup and Cusack Cup already this year and they’re hoping for the hat trick. Clare FM’S live commentary of this weekend’s County Football Final St Josephs Doora Barefield vs. Kilmurry Ibrickane is brought to you by Manix Menswear, Market street Ennis

Patricia McCarthy of Patricia McCarthy and Associates, a Property & Relocation Service in Newmarket on Fergus spoke to Clare FM’s John Cooke about a seminar taking place this coming Tuesday in the Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis.
The seminar is designed to inform new and existing landlords of different issues pertaining to their legal obligations, including; managing tenant issues, the role that the PRTB (Private Residential Tenancies Board) has in the Irish property rental market and negotiating leases, among other issues.

Paddy Duffy of the Atlantic Way Advisory Board spoke about ‘Féasta Bia’which is celebrating the richness and variety of artisan food in the Atlantic Way Region – all along the west coast this Saturday and Sunday. The highlight of the ‘Féasta Bia’ festivities in Clare will include bespoke food trails across West Clare and East Clare with tasting sessions, enjoying local produce in restaurants and in local food markets, as well as special food for kids sessions and tree-planting ceremonies. Full details are attached and below are links to the trails:
West Clare Food Trail:
East Clare Food Trail:

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