Morning Focus – Thursday 05/04/18

Thursday’s Morning Focus met a Newmarket-on-Fergus farmer determined to go the extra mile for the livestock charity, Bóthar.

John Fitzgerald joined Gavin in studio to explain why he’s organising a weanling sale at Ennis Mart to raise funds to send in-calf heifers to Rwanda. Listen back below:


The show opened with a discussion of Banner car buyers choices and the fact that we’re beginning to turn our backs on diesel vehicles. Gavin heard from Alan Nolan of SIMI.

Then, we returned to a question raised on yesterday’s show: do teachers have a cushy number? Gavin heard from teacher at the coalface, Jean in Shannon.

After that, the show looked at efforts to ease the severe fodder shortage being experienced by farmers in many part of Clare and beyond. Gavin heard from Ennistymon farmer, Pat O’Donoghue and from Eddie Punch from Cratloe, who is General Secretary of the ICSA. Listen back below:

Then the show heard the extraordinary story of a woman who survived an attempt to have her aborted. Clare Culwell who’s twin was aborted and who herself survived will speak at rallies in Galway and Limerick in the coming days. She told Gavin why she is opposed to the removal from the Constitution of the Eight Amendment.

Following on from yesterday’s interview with stroke survivor, Dr Jim Bradley, Gavin then heard from Mary Tobin, Stroke Support Coordinator with the HSE Midwest. She told him about services including a monthly meeting for survivors at Fahy Hall on the Tulla Road in Ennis.

Twin ‘geep’ born in Mayo hit the headlines this week after a ‘dalliance’ between Daisy the goat and a ram belonging to the Holmes family in Mulranny. Michael Holmes, a member of Mayo County Council and former chair of the national sheep committee of the IFA, joined Gavin on the line.

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The Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif is coming to Clare on April 26 and 27. Ahead of it, Gavin was joined by Michael O’Boyle, Tour Director.

The show rounded off with a chat with Joe Gavin about the Midnight Mile, taking place to launch a new walking track at the Clondegad GAA Pitch.