Morning Focus – Wednesday 14/03/18

On Wednesday’s edition of Morning Focus, courtesy of United Airlines, Gavin gave another listener a chance to win two tickets to New York! The competition will come to a close on Friday (March 16) so make sure you tune in and try your hand at a trip to the Big Apple before then!

At 9 am, Councillor Ann Norton, head of Clare Crusaders and Independent member of the county council, joined Gavin on the show to discusses the lack of psychological support provided for young people in the region. She believes that the lack of services is ‘costing lives’.

Following that, Gavin spoke to the bishop of Killaloe, Bishop Fintan Monahan, about recent accusations that the Catholic Church is an ’empire of misogyny’.


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Then, Gavin chatted with Rupert Bell, a racing correspondent, about the on-goings at the Cheltenham Races.

At 10 am, Morning Focus producer, Fiona McGarry presented a report on the plight of a family from Sixmilebridge, who are concerned at the impact of new regulations on home care for sick children. Ten-year old Jordan Perez has spinal muscular atrophy, which is a degenerative disease of the muscles. His parents are concerned about new laws that require a parent to always be at home if they avail of nursing staff.

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After that, Adam Woods, Beef Editor at IFJ, joined Gavin on air to talk about the ‘Save our Sucklers’ event taking place at the Ennis mart at 7 pm. The event aims to highlight the importance of the beef industry in Ireland.

At 11 am, Kathleen Sherlock of Mincéir Whidden, a local Traveller, talked to Gavin about the major national ethnicity celebration she organised. She has been chosen to be part of a large delegation from the county who will be representing the traveller culture in Dublin tomorrow (March 15 – Thursday).

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Next, Gavin chatted with West Clare Drama Festival adjudicator, Geoff O’Keeffe about the on-going festival in Doonbeg and the All-Ireland finals in 2019.

Then, Ennis man, Evan Cronin, returned to the studio to talk to Gavin about his latest fundraiser. Evan is aiming to become the first person to swim the English Channel in its entirety for the ‘Make-A-Wish’ Foundation.