Morning Focus – Wednesday 23/10/19

Following the announcement that Molex is to close it’s Shannon plant in 2020, Cllr Gerry Flynn, Shannon, Independent and Helen Downes CEO, Shannon Chamber of Commerce joined Gavin on-air.

500 jobs will be lost, in what is the biggest economic blow to the region since the announcement that Roche is to close. Minister Heather Humphreys has vowed that workers will be supported, and says she’s “bitterly disappointed.”

If you missed our discussion with Cllr Gerry Flynn and CEO Helen Downes, you can listen back below:


Pat Breen, Minister of State, Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation joined Gavin in studio to further discuss the announcement Molex has made.

If you missed Minister Pat Breen’s reaction to the Molex announcement, you can listen back below:

Next on Morning Focus, a lighter subject as Hudson Taylor, Irish/Folk Americana duo joined Gavin on the line with Ken of Kenny’s bar Lahinch. Harry and Alfie Hudson-Taylor are set to perform in Kenny’s Bar, tomorrow evening (October 24th). This gig is a part of Kenny’s White Horse Sessions which will see an array of artists play the venue in the coming weeks.

To find out more about the events taking place in Kenny’s Bar visit their website here.

Next on the show, Gavin was joined in studio by Michael Davoren of Burren IFA, John Marlin, Co-Ordinator of Walks in Burren Trust & Farmer and Aoife Ford, Farmer, to discuss the Burren Winterage Weekend Festival. The Festival is taking place between Oct 24th and 27th, this agricultural tradition will see people walk alongside the cattle to the upland winter pastures with the local farmers. And that’s not all, as there is a wide range of events taking place throughout the weekend, from book readings to guided walks, there will be something for everyone.

To find out more about the festival visit their website here.

If you missed our chat about the Burren Winterage Weekend Festival, you can listen back below:

Next, Clare FM’s Brian Flynn joined us in studio to chat about the story behind the well-known song Danny Boy.

To finish today’s show John Underhill of Burren Vets joined us in studio for this week’s Ask The Vet where he spoke about Halloween and how to keep your pets safe during this time as they can become startled by fireworks in particular.

If you missed it, you can listen back below: