Thursday, 21 February 2019

On this morning’s show we had Fr Tom Ryan on priests’ pay, Tuamgraney-born MMA fighter Sam Slater on his upcoming fight and we heard from Corofin Dramatic society about their production of LIFE SUCKS.

At the top of the show we were joined by Órlaith Borthwick on the new regional enterprise plan and how it will impact Clare.

Next, we heard from Fr Tom Ryan, parish priest for Ennis, about the recent news that priests’ wages had to be borrowed from diocesan funds due to a decline in parish donations. Additionally, they discussed the suggestion by the Bishop of Clogher on inviting lay people to perform funeral duties due to a lack of priests.

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Evelyn Cormican, trainer and coach for #LEADERforEnterprise, was then on the air with Gavin Grace to discuss new workshops across Clare in the coming weeks to support businesses in accessing funding support.

Gavin Grace interviewed Sam Slater faces his biggest fight on Saturday, as he aims to become the next Mixed Martial Arts rising star. Could he be the next Conor McGregor? The Tuamgraney native talks about his training and his origins with the sport.

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Next up on the show, shed-lovers from around the region got together at Waterpark House last week to share their stories and showcase their handiwork, Morning Focus producer Fiona McGarry caught up with the enthusiasts.

Over the next week, Corofin Dramatic Society will be putting on their production of LIFE SUCKS at glór. Mary Kelly, the chairperson, joined Gavin Grace live in the studio for a chat about what to expect from the show, which is adapted from Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. There is even a snippet from the performance itself.

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Winter lectures are to be held by the Skehana & District Heritage Group in association with Screene’s Bar & Restaurant. We heard from Jimmy Screene about what the talks entail and about this evening’s talk “Eamon De Valera – A Personal Perspective”, to given by Eamon O’Cuiv.

Happy Thursday!