Morning Focus – Thursday 18/05/17

A packed edition of Morning Focus opened with a look at one of the week’s biggest stories – the resignation of Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny.

Clare’s Senator Martin Conway told Gavin why he’s backing Leo Varadkar to take over leadership of the party. Listen back below:


Gavin then spoke to Minister Pat Breen who isn’t yet declaring who he’ll support in the leadership contest. Listen back below:

The show looked next at the issue of domestic abuse, following shocking new data from Women’s Aid on the scale of violence in the home. Gavin was joined on the line by Margaret Martin, Director of the organisation. The freephone helpline for Women’s Aid is 1800 341 900. Listen back below:

Dr Máire Finn then joined Gavin with some advice on coping with incontinence and overactive bladder. Listen back below:

Tomorrow (Fri., May 19) the Lees Road in Ennis is to be re-named in honour of the late John O’Sullivan. John was hugely influential in developing sports facilities in the town and his wife Cecilia joined Gavin for a chat about their work, down the years, with Community Games. Listen back below:

Over in Killaloe, there’s a charity sale of pre-loved designer clothes at the Lakeside Hotel on Friday, May 19. Gavin was joined for a chat about it by Adrienne Purcell of ‘Heart to Hand’. Listen back below:

Patrick McMillan then dropped in. He’s a skier from Ogonnelloe who’s making a bid for Olympic glory. Listen back to his fascinating story below:

Tommy Drennan and Pearl Kiely were Gavin’s next guests. The bubbly couple joined the show to talk about the Ennis Academy for Performing Arts’ latest show, ‘Working with the Wiz’. Listen back below:

Ruth Smith, singer and actress, who’s based in East Clare, rounded off the show with a chat about her role in ‘Once’ at the Olympia in Dublin this summer. Listen back below: