Morning Focus – March 28th

Today’s edition of Morning Focus began with a report from the Remembrance Service held in honour of Laura Brennan on Wednesday.  The young Enniswoman has been widely hailed since her sad passing through cervical cancer. 

The service at Ennis Cathedral included tributes to Laura by her family, and a homily by family friend Fr. Pat Malone in which he, once again, spread Laura’s message in support of the HPV vaccine.

Next, we discussed Brexit.  Gavin was joined by Ireland South Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly, who had given his own poetic thoughts on the issue when speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday.  Gavin gave poetry a shot as well, as you can hear below.


Next, we heard from Councillor Christy Curtin. After 40 years as a member of Clare County Council, the Miltown Malbay representative has announced he won’t be standing in May’s local elections.

This was followed by the third and final of our walking tours through medieval Ennis.  Our Morning Focus Producer Fiona McGarry has been touring the town with Jane O’Brien, historian and tour guide.  Today, they went to Parnell Street and to a unique house.

After 10:00, Gavin was joined by Dr. Toby Sachsenmeier for the latest in our series of parenting advice slots.  Ahead of mother’s day, we focussed on mums and Dr. Toby had some interesting advice, in particular on how parents should aim to be ‘good enough.’  You can hear their conversation below:

The Ennis Musical Society are continuing to present The Addams Family on stage in Glór.  We heard from several cast members as the musical continues over the coming nights.  There are performances tonight, and Friday night, with both a matinee and an evening performance on Saturday.

Another busy actor is Newmarket-on-Fergus man Conor Madden.  He’s going to be performing in what sounds like a fascinating production, namely Bread Not Profits, which tells the story of the Limerick Soviet of April 1919.  The new piece will be performed at Cleeves Factory in Limerick, and tells the story of how workers of the city declared a general strike in defiance of the British Army.  The story has a strong Clare influence as well, as Conor told us.  The performances will take place in April, and tickets are available from the Limetree Theatre’s box office.

Finally, Siobhán Mulcahy joined us for our usual arts preview – don’t miss it when she’s back with us next week.

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