Morning Focus – Thursday 24/08/17

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Thursday’s Morning Focus covered issues and events the length and breath of the Banner County, and relived some of the highlights of this year’s Fleadh down in Ennis.

The show opened with an assessment from Muintir na Tíre’s Niall Garvey, from Inagh, of the government’s Action Plan for Rural Ireland, published six months ago.

The wait for Occupational Therapy (OT) services for children and the elderly was the next subject for discussion. Gavin was joined by Cllr Ann Norton, a member of the HSE West Regional Health Forum and Manager of the Clare Crusaders.


Dr Taiwo Matthew, a former member of Ennis Town Council, was Gavin’s next guest. He told Gavin of the hurdles faced by non-national citizens in getting elected to public office.

The old landfill site at Doora, outside Ennis, has been put to good use with the development of an apiary by the Banner Beekeepers. The facility will be open to the public on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 27) and ahead of that event, Gavin spoke to Frank Benson. Listen back below:

Paul O’Connell of Adare Productions was Gavin’s next guest. The company is looking for Clare tourism companies who’ve just started up and who’d like to take part in a new series for TG4.

Gavin was then joined in studio by the visual artist AlanJames Burns. He’s bringing a ‘psycho-acoustic’ art installation to the Aillwee Cave in the Burren next month.
‘Entirely hollow aside from the dark’ is described as ‘a visceral experience of journeying into someone’s inner dialogue by using cutting edge 3 Dimensional audio’. Listen back below:

The show concluded with a very special package which Gavin produced to celebrate some of the highlights of Clare FM’s participation in Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017. Listen back below: