Morning Focus Thursday 23/03/17

Acclaimed singer-songwriter, Mick Flannery, who now lives in Ennis was among Gavin’s guests on this edition of Morning Focus.

Among the tracks the Cork man performed was one from his new album ‘I own You’. Mick is set to play at glór in Ennis on April 6 as part of a nationwide tour. Listen back below:


The show opened with a report from Derry from reporter Richard Chambers who told Gavin about final preparations for the funeral of the former Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

Deputy Michael Harty, Clare’s Independent TD and a West Clare doctor, joined Gavin on the line from Dáil Éireann on the issue of reforming the structure of the health service. Dr Harty, who’s a member of the Future of Health Care Committee says the service will collapse unless it’s restructured.

Following yesterday’s interview with President of LIT Vincent Cunnane, who’s backing the proposed Northern Distributor Road, Gavin heard from a resident of South East Clare who believes the route would impact negatively on his area. Ed English is a member of the Northern Distributor Concerned Residents group.

On National Week of Action Against Hate Crime, Gavin was joined by Dr Amanda Haynes of the University of Limerick. She’s a member of UL’s Hate and Hostility Research Group who are presenting evidence to the Oireachtas on the need for legislation on hate crime. Listen back below:

Herbalist Vivienne Campbell then spoke to Gavin ahead of a talk on the topic of Wild Food and Herbal Medicine which she’ll deliver tonight (Thursday, March 23) at the X-Po in Kilnaboy. Listen back below:

The dangers of failing to administer children’s medicines properly was explained by Anne Marie Horan of the Irish Pharmacy Union, who also gave advice and tips.

The benefits of joining Foróige were then discussed by mother and daughter Tracy and Rebeckha Doyle who both volunteer with this youth organisation.

A youth retreat at Spanish Point, organised by the Faithful Companions of Jesus order was the next topic for discussion, and Gavin spoke about it to Sr Katherine O’Flynn (FCJ).

Clare Arts Officer Siobhán Mulcahy then joined Gavin in studio to chat about all of the weekend’s arts and cultural events.

As Doolin actress Aoibhinn Garrihy gets set to for the final of Dancing with the Stars, she told Gavin she’s hoping to bring the title back to the Banner County. Listen back below: