Morning Focus Tuesday 15th April

On Tuesdays Morning Focus; John began the show by discussing the current situation University Hospital Limerick. 

The Afternoon Show - Monday April 14th 2014

Joining Máire on The Afternoon Show today was Diane Hayes-Flanagan and her 10 year old daughter Lily from Doolin. A group of North Clare kids, all members of the Burren Children’s Choir, were the first to represent their county in the BIG SING event organised by Music Generation, Music Generation is Ireland’s new National Music Education Programme. Initiated by Music Network and funded by U2 and The Ireland Funds, Music Generation aims to help children and young people to access music education in their own locality.

Morning Focus Monday 14th April

On Mondays Morning Focus John Cook asks the question is it ok to take your children out of school to avail of cheaper holidays?  Sean McMahon, INTO Vice President and Mullagh NS Principal and Robert Bennett, Ennis parent and former member of the National Parents Council joined John by phone for the debate.  Over three quarters of parents believe a cap should be introduced to prevent airlines and holiday operators raising prices during school holidays.  A study by AA Travel Insurance says just under a third of parents admit to taking children out of school during class time, to avoid paying peak holiday prices.  Some parents stated that work commitments and child care led them to travel during term time, but the majority said it was down to cost.  77 per cent of those polled said they'd like to see a cap introduced on the amount that airlines and holiday operators can raise their prices during the school holidays.  The Education Minister says he can understand why parents take their children out of school to go on holidays. Ruairi Quinn says while children and parents need holidays, they have to look at the impact that will have on their education.

Bingo 14th April

There was one winner of Fridays draw which means today’s prize is 200 euro congratulations to Mary Anne scales in Mullagh who purchased her book in londis miltown malbay Mary Anne wins 200 Euro

It is week 16 and we are playing off the Green page of your book – eyes down and the very best of luck – here are today’s numbers

62 17 22 45 51 35 42 86 77 89

The Afternoon Show - Friday April 11th 2014

On Friday’s Afternoon Show it was time to discuss the main news stories of the week with the Friday Panel. Cormac O’Sullivan from DNG O’Sullivan Hurley, Actor Eleanor Feely and Donal O Loinsigh from An Clar as Gaeilge joined Máire in studio to chat about the week’s events. They talked about the State visit to the U.K. by President Michael D Higgins, which formally got underway on Tuesday. He's described the visit as "emotional" and says he hopes it'll bring the two nations "ever more closer".

Morning Focus Friday 11th April

On Fridays Morning Focus John Cooke  broadcast the show live from Killaloe, as the birthplace of Brian Ború, the town is taking centre stage this weekend with a host of festivities to celebrate the Brian Ború Millennium.

The Afternoon Show - Thursday April 10th 2014

On today’s Afternoon Show Máire was joined by Anne Guinnane, Psychotherapist and Counsellor with Rape Crisis MidWest – Clare branch, who held a special event in Glor this lunchtime to help raise awareness for the service in Clare. It was an unveiling of new promotional products– the main aim of which is to keep Rape Crisis and their services at the forefront of people’s minds – and to help end the stigma attached to rape and sexual abuse.

Morning Focus Thursday 10th April

On Thursdays Morning Focus; John began by speaking to Kay Murphy, PRO of the Midwest branch of Active Retirement Ireland.  The group representing older people says Government policy is likely to cause more isolation and ill-health for pensioners.  Active Retirement Ireland, at its AGM in Galway, says 129 Garda Stations, more than 200 branches of banks and almost 1300 rural pubs have been closed since 2011.  And it says there's a new threat - the closure of post offices in rural areas, which for many are the hubs around which communities revolve.  The group is expressing concern that older people are likely to become more isolated and suffer from ill-health as local services are pared back.

Bingo 10th April

There was no  winner of yesterdays draw which means todays prize is 400 Euro

It is week 15 and we are playing off the pink page of your book – eyes down and the very best of luck – here are today’s numbers

86 89 77 54 66 29 16 87 40 26

If you have managed to fill a panel with those numbers, call 065 6828966 before 8pm tonight and you could win or share in today’s prize of €400. If you are a winner, please keep your book until we verify the details.

Quin/Clooney U13 Choir Wow On Breakfast

Quin/Clooney Choir entertained us on Thursday morning's Breakfast show.

The group opf 19 girls and 1 boy are the U13 Choir Community Games county champions.

Their choir is directed by Carol O'Neill, assisted by Deirdre Wall, with local dad John O'Donnell accompanying the choir on piano.

The children's spirit and enthusiasm for singing is infectious and I was mesmerised when they performed for the Breakfast show.