Morning Focus Monday October 3

On Monday’s Morning Focus John Cooke spoke with Ennistymon native Eamonn O’Loghlin, an Irish Canadian Businessman who is the Executive Director Ireland Canada Chamber of Commerce in Toronto. Eamonn graduated from University College Cork with a Batchelor of Commerce in 1975 and came to Canada
After an 18 year marketing career with Hallmark Cards, he now runs his own Marketing & Communications Consulting business and hosts a weekly Irish radio show
He publishes the Toronto Irish News and has been highly involved in Toronto’s Irish community for over 25 years
He is Executive Director of the Ireland Canada Chamber of Commerce and a long time supporter of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann
He is also currently on contract to the Canadian National Exhibition as Director of Corporate Sponsorship
Eamonn spoke about the employment situation in Canada as it’s attracting a lot of Irish people

Anam Cara is facilitating a Professional Bereavement events open to all bereaved parents
The talk on “Coping with loss when a child dies” will be facilitated by the guest Speaker  Brid Carroll, Psychotherapist and Counselling Supervisor
Sharon Vard, CEO of Anam Cara and Brid Carroll joined John on the line to explain. 
Brid has worked with the Irish Hospice Foundation and the HSE as Bereavement Liaison Officer in the HSE South region. Brid is presently counselling children, young people and families dealing with loss and change through death separation and illness.


Date:    Wednesday 5th October  2011
Venue:   Ballybane Enterprise Centre,  Ballybane Road, Ballybane, Galway
Times:    7.30pm – 9.30pm     
Cost:   All Anam Cara services are offered free of charge to our parents

Date:    Wednesday, 12th October 2011
Venue:   Limerick Pastoral Centre, St. Michael’s Courtyard, Denmark Street, Limerick
Times:    7.30pm – 9.30pm     
Cost:    All Anam Cara services are offered free of charge to our parents
If you are interested in finding out more please see / [email protected] or Call 014045378 / Information Line is 0852888888.

Christy Healy, a Kilmaley man living in Ennis narrowly missed out on breaking a world record over the weekend
Christy was hoping to break the world record for the fastest underwater dive off Doolin pier but was forced to abandon the attempt due to cramp
He had a word with John and said he had reached a depth of 7.8 kilometres, just 1200 short of a new record when he came to the surface 8 hours after entering the water on Sunday morning at 4-30 pm
From Monday, October 10th to Friday, October 14th, the national spotlight will be on County Clare as the host county of ‘Enterprise Mid-West’ that week.
Organised by Clare County Enterprise Board in collaboration with four other Enterprise Boards from the Mid-West, the whole month of October has been designated as ‘Enterprise Mid-West Month,’ with Clare hosting events during the second week.
Lucy Reidy of the Clare County Enterprise Board had a word about Enterprise Mid West Week with John
It is aimed at Clare’s small business community and those thinking of setting up a business in the county, the ambitious programme of events was launched this week. It includes the launch of a visitor-friendly map for tourism providers, free mentoring clinics, an inspirational talk from mountaineer and entrepreneur, Pat Falvey, a resilience building workshop with Therese Ryan and a discussion around local economics and development with economist, Stephen Kinsella.
For more information see or call 065 68 419 22.

Have your say on this week’s Clare FM Online poll: 

This week is asking you – Who will you vote for as Ireland’s next President?

• Mary Davis
• Sean Gallagher
• Michael D. Higgins
• Martin McGuinness
• Gay Mitchell
• David Norris
• Dana Rosemary Scallon
Sergeant Joe Downey, Crime Prevention Officer with the Clare Garda Division joined John to appeal to the public for information on crimes committed over the past week
Contact Ennis Garda Station on 065 68 48 100.

Today The Money Doctor John Lowe discussed a new survey of brokers which has found that up to 8 in 10 applications for a mortgage are being turned down.
The Professional Insurance Brokers Association questioned its members on activity in the second quarter of the year for the study. a majority of respondents said that between 6 and 8 in 10 applications were rejected, with the most common reason being concerns about job security

The Irish Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to assist in fundraising efforts on Friday 7th October across the county – in aid of the Pink Ribbon Appeal.
Some facts about the Pink Ribbon Appeal:
• Last year we raised a fantastic €688,000 nationwide and the people of Clare raised over €17,000 for the Pink Ribbon Appeal.
• The Pink Ribbon Appeal is the Society’s biggest fundraiser for Action Breast Cancer, Ireland’s leading provider of breast cancer information and support.
• Each year it reaches over 30,000 women who are concerned about breast cancer and breast health.
• Action Breast Cancer’s mission is to ensure that everyone affected by breast cancer receives the highest standards of treatment, support and care, and to improve the quality of life of people living with breast cancer.
Rose O’Dea, Fundraiser with the Pink Ribbon Appeal, the Irish Cancer Society encouraged people to get involved
Contact 1850 60 60 60 to get involved
National Cancer Helpline number is 1800 200 700.

John Murphy of the Clare branch of Birdwatch Ireland joined John in studio to answer your bird and wildlife queries

Get in touch with the Morning Focus team by emailing [email protected]