Morning Focus – November 18th

© Pat Flynn

Today’s Morning Focus began by discussing the withdrawal of service of Irish Coast Guard boats.

Gavin spoke to Freelance Journalist Pat Flynn, who broke the story on the Irish Coast Guard. The Coast Guard are engaging with the supplier of its life-jackets to resolve a safety issue. The RNLI and other services remained in place as they use different types of life-jackets.

Also on the show today – Deirdre spoke to Gavin about her experience after being admitted to University Hospital Limerick after a fall last week. She wrote on social media of how she, and others on trolleys, had no privacy, with lights on overhead in the middle of the night, and the floor being cleaned (noisily) after 1:00 a.m. On her second night, she was taken to a ward, but still on a trolley. She praised some aspects of the service, including the catering staff, but was critical of the system as a whole, as you can hear below:


John, and a large group of other locals in Corofin, have launched a petition against a planned telecoms mast that is to be erected near Corofin. The area is rural, and John says the site is not suitable and that the mast is not needed. The project is currently being considered by Council planners. John explained to Gavin the concerns of those behind the petition.

Sgt Triona O’Rourke – Clare Crime Prevention Officer came into studio to seek the public’s help with some recent crimes throughout the county.

Tonight there is a Rural Isolation and Mental Health ‘fireside chat’ event take place in Kilrush Golf Club. Speakers for the event include: Breda Latham, Local community mental health nurse; John Hayes Retired rugby player & now full-time farmer and Superintendent John Galvin of Kilrush Garda Station.

Superintendent Galvin and John Hayes told Gavin what the ‘chat’ was about and briefly gave an insight into the issue of rural isolation:

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. Symptoms include breathing difficulty, cough, mucus (sputum) production and wheezing. James Gallagher and Margeret Mulvey of the Clare COPD Support Group joined Gavin in studio to highlight COPD Awareness Day which is coming up on Thursday 21st of November in Cois na hAbhna in Ennis, from 11am to 2pm, when there will be chance to avail of free Spirometry testing.

Darren Kelly from Clare FM Sport was in studio to review the weekend sport with Gavin. They spoke about St Joseph’s Miltown Malbay’s defeat to Clonmel Commercials in the Munster Senior Football Semi-Final, St Breckan’s victory over Moycarkey-Borris of Tipperary in the Munster Intermediate Football Semi-Final, Clare’s win over Kerry in a vital Oscar Traynor Trophy clash. And Paddy Donovan from Ennis was named Clare FM Sports Star of the week after his second win of his professional career in Glasgow on Saturday night over Nicaraguan fighter, Danny Mendoza:

Morning Focus is back on Tuesday morning when we’ll have our competition once more, and your chance to win a beautiful Galway Crystal vase.