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Morning Focus Monday September 9

Clare's senior hurlers must take on their counterparts from Cork once more, after a draw in the All Ireland Final.
Clonlara's Domhnall O'Donovan was the toast of the county when the corner back scored an injury time point to give a final score of Cork 3-16 Clare 0-25 in yesterday's game at Croke Park.
The replay will take place on September 28th and the GAA have confirmed reduced ticket prices will be in effect for the game

On Monday's Morning Focus were heard some highlights from yesterday's fantastic match coverage

Morning Focus Friday September 6

On Friday's Morning Focus John Cooke spoke with two men who know all about pre-All Ireland nerves 
Former Cork Hurling Captain Mark Landers and Clare legend Brian Lohan

They gave their opinions on the form of the teams and their predictions ahead of the match.

Sixmilebridge Parish Priest and former Clare Hurling Selector Fr Harry Bohan wished the team all the best

Clonlara GAA Club's Jim Gully gave a taste of the atmosphere in the parish with four Clonlara players are on the starting team and two on the bench

Morning Focus Thursday September 5

Practices at Clare and Limerick's only Maternity Hospital could be placing patients at risk of health care associated infections
The latest Hygiene audit of the Maternity Hospital in Limerick found some improvements in infection control measures but said the physical environment, waste management and cleaning of equipment are still not being effectively managed to protect patients and reduce the spread of infections

On Thursday's Morning Focus John Cooke was joined in studio by Frank Keane, Directorate Manager, Maternal and Child Care here in the Midwest.

Morning Focus Wednesday September 4

On Wednesday's Morning Focus John Cooke spoke with Brian O'Neill of the Ennis Chamber and the Rowan Tree Hostel and Café

Speaking on behalf of the business community in Ennis he said that the town council should be commended for providing a big screen for this Sunday's match for the people of Clare who support every business in the town
He said it is a fantastic idea and will give families a place to come into to see the game, and enjoy the atmosphere.

Morning Focus Tuesday September 3

Residents opposed to the opening of a new soup kitchen in Ennis have received unanimous support from the local town council, with calls from them to block planning for the facility
A group of neighbours from the Clare Road and St. Flannan's Terrace areas attended last evenings meeting of Ennis Town Council, to hear elected representatives all speak against the development of the Twist Soup Kitchen in their area

Morning Focus Monday September 2

The funeral of Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney - who died on Friday at the age of 74 following a short illness - is taking place in Dublin today
Hundreds of people from the world of arts, literature and politics will gather at the church in Donnybrook for his funeral with mourners including President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and U2 star Bono.

Morning Focus Friday August 30

Ennis couple Jill Leonard and Adrian O’Connor welcomed their new son Kane into the world last Friday
When Jill was in the delivery room at the Midwestern Maternity Hospital Limerick giving birth to her new 9lb 6oz baby, her purse and smart phone were stolen from her room

On Friday's Morning Focus John Cooke spoke with Jill and Adrian about the experience.

Morning Focus Thursday August 29

As many pupils are beginning their school year today John Cooke was joined in studio on Thursday's Morning Focus by the Irish National teachers’ Organisation Vice President and Principal of Mullagh National School Sean McMahon

Morning Focus Wednesday August 29

On Wednesday's Morning Focus John Cooke was joined by Paul Moroney, Senior Engineer with Clare County Council to speak about the progress with septic tank registrations

Morning Focus Tuesday August 27

On Tuesday's Morning Focus John Cooke was joined in studio by Michael O’Neill, Chairman of the GAA Employment Committee and Pat Collins of Banner GAA Club to speak about their efforts to source employment locally for players

The GAA Employment Committee gave a presentation at the Clare County Board meeting last week
They are making continual efforts to keep GAA players with their clubs and explained how it's going in Clare.