Morning Focus – Tuesday 27/06/17

The Tuesday edition of Morning Focus discussed a range of local issues, including the closure of Ennis Community Development Project and a new appointment at St Flannan’s College. We also got an invitation to visit Clare – the one in Suffolk, England!

The show opened with a discussion with Dermot Hayes and Jim Whitney of Ennis CDP who told Gavin about their efforts to keep a Primary Health Care Project for Travellers running, despite the closure of the CDP at the end of this month. Listen back below:


Patsy McGarry of The Irish Times was Gavin’s next guest. He’s been writing about the appointment of a new principal to St Flannan’s College, Ennis, and some of the concerns that have been raised about the lack of an interview process. Listen back below:

Trade links are being forged between the West of Ireland and Rhode Island in the US. Gavin was joined in studio by CEO of Clare Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Padraic McElwee for an insight into these efforts.

Tommy Corbett of Carey Corbett Financial Services joined Gavin for his fortnightly financial advice slot and had some invaluable insights for anyone buying a car.

The Chinese Ambassador to Ireland was in Clare this week. His Excellency Dr Yue Xiaoyong spoke to Clare FM’s James Mulhall. Listen back below:

Returning to the issue of the closure of the Traveller Primary Health Care Programme, Clare FM’s Fiona Cahill spoke to Doireann Graham of Clare Local Development Company (CLDC).

Frankie Coote, Clare County Dog Warden, was Gavin’s next guest, for his weekly update on animal welfare.

Jaswinder Kaur is a young immigrant from India who’s made Shannon her home. The PhD student of Biology has recently won a prestigious Fulbright scholarship and she told Gavin of her excitement of the prospect of studying in the US.

Ahead of a talk on the history and traditions of the fishing industry in Kilrush, Clare FM’s Fiona McGarry spoke to researcher Caroline Whelan.

The show rounded off with a chat with a Clare resident. Alaric Pugh is from Clare in Suffolk and he told Gavin why there’s a major drive underway to promote tourism in the town.