Morning Focus – Thursday 17/08/17

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Thursday’s Morning Focus kept up the flavour of the Fleadh down in Ennis and heard from a visitor to the town, Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan, whose here to encourage more diverse vocations.

You can listen back to that interview below:


The show opened with a discussion about the recently-published UK position paper on the North and Brexit. Gavin discussed its proposals, including a ‘frictionless border’ with MEP Líadha Ní Ríada.

The next topic for discussion was whether or not farm payments should be conditional on having a safety check – effectively an NCT – for tractors. Gavin had a chat with award-winning farmer Michael Callinan from Inagh. Michael was named Farmer of the Year in a competition devised by the Health and Safety Authority and Zurich.

Caoimhín Ó Sé was back in again for his daily update on Thursday’s Clare FM Lunchtime Session and other upcoming Fleadh highlights.

Clare FM’s Pat Flynn was in New Zealand recently and met some Banner natives there who told him about life down under and plans to come home for the Fleadh. Listen back below:

There was some fantastic live music in studio from Cathryn Cowell and Lexia Kennedy who played fiddle. They were joined in studio by their tutors Kell and Mike Chole from the Murphy Roche School of Irish Music in Burr Ridge, Illinois. Listen back below:

The show rounded off with a visit from Clare County Arts Officer, Siobhán Mulcahy who gave Gavin an update on some of the arts and entertainment activities going on right around the Banner over the coming days.