Morning Focus – Wednesday 08/02/17

Photo © Pat Flynn

Wednesday’s Morning Focus Show was brimming with hot topics.

The show commenced with The Collins Jewelers and Clare FM competition. An engagement ring worth 2,500 euro could be yours for this valentines day if you play along.

After the competition announcement, Gavin was joined by Griff Witte, Bureau Chief of Washington Post in London. They discussed the possibility of Donald Trump taking revenge on Europe after his Doonbeg wall plan failed.


Next, Jack Kelly of Kelly’s Meat store in Kilrush and Brian O’Neill of the Rowan Tree Café, spoke to Gavin about the rise in empty premises across Clare. New figures from Geo Directory show that of the 5,242 commercial properties in Clare, almost 15% were vacant.

To finish up the first hour of the show, Gavin talked to Colm Corey of Silicon Republic about Irish ISP’s being sued over illegal downloading. It is estimated that over 1.3 million residents in Ireland are illegally downloading.

To kick off the second hour of the show, Gavin welcomed Dr John Garvey from the University of Limerick onto the show. They talked about the future of CAP and what it means for Clare farmers.

Following that, Donal Buggy, Head of Services and Advocacy at The Irish Cancer Society, joined Gavin to discuss E-cigarettes. It was revealed according to a long scientific study that e-cigs are safer than tobacco cigarettes.

Then Gavin spoke to Fr Donagh O’Meara about a social media event for East Clare parents and guardians. Tonight, parents and guardians are invited to Scariff Community College at 7pm to ask for advice and support on the topic of social media.

The final topic of the second hour was a group of young mini scientists. Bernadette Kennedy, fourth class teacher at St John’s Cratloe National School and her students joined Gavin to talk about their win at the national competition at the Intel Mini Scientist Grand Final.

At 11am, Gavin talked to Cleo Meaney and Anne-Marie Hassett from the Ennis Musical Society about their 60th show.

After that, Pat Costello of Clare FM & Shannon Archaeological and Historical Society, discussed the Lawrence Photographic Collection and the historical images of Clare with Gavin.

To finish the show Gavin hosted an ‘Ask The Vet’ segment with John Underhill of Burren Vets.