Morning Focus Thursday October 6

On Thursday’s Morning Focus  John Cooke met Jim and Jessie, two people who beat alcoholism with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous. They told their personal stories of addiction and recovery

They urged those affected by alcohol abuse to an open Alcoholics Anonymous to come along to an open meeting this Saturday at 3pm in the Auburn Lodge Hotel, Ennis
Information, advice and support is available and it is free and confidential from this Friday evening to Sunday at the Auburn Lodge
Contact 01 8420700 or

Have your say in this week’s Clare FM Online poll: 


Who will you vote for as Ireland’s next President?

• Mary Davis
• Sean Gallagher
• Michael D. Higgins
• Martin McGuiness
• Gay Mitchell
• David Norris
• Dana Rosemary Scallon

With just three weeks to go to the Presidential Elections, Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuiness could be the favourite according to a Clare FM online poll.

Visitors to have placed the former IRA commander in poll position with 24% of the vote, followed closely by Labour’s Michael D Higgins on 23%.

21% of those surveyed are backing Sean Gallagher, while 13% say they’ve vote for David Norris, 8% for Dana, 6% for Mary Davis and 5% for Fine Gael’s Gay Mitchell

Shannon Development believes there is tremendous potential to generate additional visitor numbers, revenue and jobs in rural areas through the development of eco friendly tourism projects
The ICER Project International Conference organised by Shannon Development took place yesterday at the Old Ground Hotel Ennis
Shannon Development is partnering with six other European regional development agencies –  from France, Hungary, Spain, Finland, Malta and Slovenia –  in a project aimed at identifying best practice and policies for the development of eco friendly tourism businesses in rural areas
The EU funded project is called ICER (Innovative Concept of Eco-Accommodation Approach in Rural Regions) and is due for completion in 2012
As past of the project, Shannon Development has selected the Burren area in North Clare as an international example of best practice for eco tourism development
Thomas Ducloutrier, ICER Project Manager (Innovative Concept of Eco-Accommodation Approach in Rural Regions) and Head of Territorial Cooperation, Regional Committee for Tourism Development, Auvergne, France joined John in studio to discuss.

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has died at the age of 56
The creator of the iPhone, the iPad and the iPod had been suffering from cancer since 2004
Tributes have poured in – many calling him a genius and a visionary
Over the last 10 years, Apple’s new product launches have become highly anticipated events
Not least because of Steve Jobs’ boundless enthusiasm for his creations
Brian Coll is a lecturer from the School of Engineering at the Sligo Institute of Technology, he discussed the contribution Jobs made to the technological world.

Jason Lorrigan is six years of age and is from Kildysart. He has special needs and is terminally ill. His father Eugene and local parish priest Fr Colm Hogan joined John Cooke in studio as they are undertaking two fundraising challenges to riase funds so that other children similar to Jason can also benefit from the Share a Dream Foundation
They completed a four day hike in the Alps two weeks ago and will participate in the Dublin City Marathon at the end of this month
They are also holding a Family fun day this Sunday in Kildysart community centre after mass- plesae send donations to Fr Hogan, Kildysart Parochial House
The national children’s charity makes the dreams of sick children all over Ireland a reality and receives no official funding

Kilrush lifeboat made history on Tuesday night as an all female crew took to the water on a training exercise Pauline Dunleavy of Kilrush RNLI explained
This is a change from the RNLI in Kilrush ten years ago as when Pauline joined in 1997 and she was the only female volunteer

A temporary exhibition on childhood in Ireland entitled ‘Seen, but not Heard’ is on display at Clare Museum until next Easter
‘Seen But Not Heard’ features toys and other artefacts relating to childhood in Ireland over the last hundred years
The exhibition, which is free to the public, provides an opportunity for all ages to delve into the toy box of youth and relive the memories from a past childhood
John Rattigan, Curator of the Clare Museum and Paula McNamara joined John in studio. Contact 065 6823382

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