Morning Focus – Monday 26/06/17

The week got off to a flying start on Morning Focus, with news, views and a special package from Spancilhill Fair.

The show opened with a discussion about the state of the lands surrounding Ennis Railway Station. Cllr Pat Daly told Gavin he’d like to see the area enhanced with a memorial to Percy French (who parodied the railway service in Clare in the 1800s) erected. Listen back below:


The show then heard from TUI Grassroots, a campaign to get rid of pay inequality among teachers.

The subject of credit card fraud was next up for discussion with Retail Excellence Ireland launching a new initiative alongside Gardai. Gavin was joined on the line by Lorraine Higgins by REI.

Sgt Joe Downey, Clare Crime Prevention Officer, joined Gavin for Garda Focus with appeals for the help of the public in solving a number of crimes.

The change of cathaoirleach at Clare County Council was the next topic for discussion. Gavin was joined by the new chairperson of the local authority, Cllr Tom McNamara, Leas Cathaoirleach Cllr Pat Burke and outgoing Cathaoirleach, Cllr Bill Chambers.

The show then heard a package from Spancilhill Fair, where Clare FM’s Fiona McGarry spoke to Pat Hannon of the Spancilhill Fair Association, pony breeder Martin McMahon and commentator Michael Slevin. Listen back below:

The Monday Sports Panel heard from Marcus Horan. The Clonlara man is a former Munster Prop and Irish International. For Gaelic Games, Gavin was joined by sports journalist Jackie Cahill who gave his reaction to Dublin boss Jim Gavin’s criticisms of elements of the Irish broadcast media. Listen back below:

Fleadh News this week focused on the issue of keeping the event environmentally-friendly. Gavin was joined in studio by Pat Stephens of the EPA and Karen Foley, Environmental Awareness Office with Clare County Council.

The show then heard some wonderful music from some young people involved in the Way of the Bard project. After three weeks touring Ireland, the group will perform at an open mic event at the Bog Hill Centre in Lisdoonvarna. Gavin was joined in studio by Alison James, McKinley James, Clayton Clemetson and Keenan Reinsborough. Listen back below: