Morning Focus – Thursday 26/09/19

Today’s Morning Focus highlighted the issues people with disabilities face daily as today is ‘Make Way Day’, we heard from Dr Toby Sachsenmaier, Child Psychologist for this weeks Parenting Advice slot and Siobhán Mulcahy gave us an Arts update.

Today (Thurs, Sept 26) is ‘Make Way Day’, which gave us an opportunity to highlight all of the obstacles that can cause issues for those with disabilities on a daily basis.

The event is part of a national campaign organised by the Disability Federation of Ireland and you’re invited to play your part by sharing images of obstacles around the county. Include #makewayday #makewayClare and to tag @makewayday and @disabilityfed in the post. If you don’t use social media, you can email [email protected] with pictures and they’ll share them through their own social media and website.


Grace Brooks and Roisín Glynn, who work for the Brothers of Charity, were joined by Connie Commane and Clare Nagle, Chairperson of the Ennis Self Advocacy Group, as they told us more.

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Larry Donnelly, Boston-born attorney, NUI Galway Law Lecturer and Political columnist with, joined Gavin on air to discuss the impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump. The President says the phone call triggering opposition politicians to open an impeachment inquiry against him was “perfect.” Trump released a summary of his conversation with Ukraine’s leader, in which he asked him to investigate rival politician Joe Biden. Democrats claim the US President has violated the constitution.

Today’s Morning Focus heard one woman’s experience of sexual assault in Shannon town centre.  ‘Jacinta’ ( not her real name ) made contact with the programme to speak of what she describes as an ‘unsavoury incident’ that occurred while she was shopping recently in Shannon. On a Monday evening, while the shops were busy, ‘Jacinta’ was twice touched inappropriately by the same man, in two incidents almost an hour apart. She wished to speak out to highlight the issue and to warn others of what happened to her.

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Our Parenting Advice segment returned this morning as Gavin was joined by Child Psychologist, Dr Toby Sachsenmaier to discuss if your child could be experiencing ‘restraint collapse’ after school.

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Next, the show welcomed the family of Síle Callinan; Micheál Talty, Sílé’s fiancé and Anne Marie Callinan, Síle’s sister as the Síle Callinan Memorial Tournament returns this weekend. The seven-a-side ladies football tournament takes place in Cooraclare for the third time this Saturday. It is held in memory of the 26-year-old from Cree who had suffered from cystic fibrosis and lost her life in 2017, aged 26. The previous two editions have raised tens of thousands of euro to support CF services for the people of Clare, and the tournament will be supported by ladies football sides from all over Clare. Joe Brolly, GAA pundit, All Ireland winner will be a special guest at this weekends tournament, he joined us in studio also. This year, official tournament tops are being sold which include the logo of Joe Brolly’s Opt For Life Foundation and also that of the HPV vaccine.

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Finally, to round up today’s show, Siobhán Mulcahy, Clare County Arts Officer joined Gavin in studio to update us on the events taking place over the next week. In regards to Visual Art there are two exhibitions opening this Friday in Ennistymon and there is an Art Workshop taking place in Tubber on Sunday. In relation to music, this Saturday the Creative Hub is returning to Ennis, the Mountshannon Trad Festival is taking place and Mick Flannery is playing a gig in Liscannor on Sunday. If you fancy a trip to the theatre; ‘We’ll Meet Again’ is being performed in Kilkee and ‘Wet Paint’ is being shown in glor on Wednesday. Now to film, Casablanca is being played in Glor on Saturday as part of the Clare food and drink Fleadh and on Wednesday ‘Birds of Passage’ is on in Kilkee. Finally, to literature, on Monday evening a creative writing workshop takes place in Kilkee.