Morning Focus – May 8th 2017

Mark Winder

As Emmanuel Macron woke up for the first time as French President-Elect, we heard from Dr Myriam Benraad, who reflected on the French election campaigns and Macron’s much discussed victory over far-right Marie Le Pen.

Closer to home, but still with an international link, we heard from CEO of Shannon Chamber Helen Downes, who spoke to Gavin about how a survey of firms trading with Britain showed a lack of practical customs knowledge in firms. Ahead of Brexit, the Shannon Chamber is hosting a breakfast seminar on the topic.


Seamus Ó Luing, Executive member of the Irish Postmasters Union for Clare, Limerick and Kerry spoke to Morning Focus as Postmasters agree to sit down with An Post to enter a month-long process of talks and negotiation to plan the future of the Post Office network.

Mark Winder joined Gavin for a powerful talk about his plea to social media sites to do more to tackle teen suicides. Mark lost his teenage son William to suicide in 2012 and has since founded the William Winder Foundation.

Sergeant Joe Downey came into studio for his usual Monday slot. He was appealing for information on a number of crimes in Clare over the past week.

Speaking of An Garda Siochana, students from St Joseph’s Secondary School in Spanish Point were in studio this morning as they reflected on their recent meeting with the Garda Commissioner. They spoke with her about an app they had developed to improve cyclist safety which notifies a driver when a cyclist is near.

Another Clare man garnering national attention is Louis Keating, the MD of L&M Keating Ltd. Louis is one of 24 entrepreneurs shortlisted for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards. His well-known company is based in Kilmihil and he joined Gavin in studio to talk about being shortlisted.

Evan Talty from Quilty’s Wild Irish Seaweed went into the Dragon’s Den last night and came out with 50,000 euro and the backing of a Dragon. He came into studio to talk about his product and where he hopes to go from here, as he now looks nationwide.

We also heard from the Clare Champion’s Peter O’Connell and Clare FM’s own Derrick Lynch who looked back on the weekend’s sporting action, and we rounded out the show with details of a fundraiser for the West Clare Cancer Centre being held this Friday in the Spanish Point.

Also, a congratulations to Lucy Kenneally from Miltown Malbay who correctly said Emmanuel Macron was the French President-elect and won herself a brunch for two at the Elm Cafe on the Gort Road in Ennis.