All posts by Pam O'Brien

Founder of the Youth Media Team.

Interview with Peter O Mahony, Billy Holland and Duncan Williams of Munster Rugby

On the eve of Féilte, we in YMT meet to strategise and plan for the busy day ahead. This year’s planning had an added bonus – we had a chance meeting with the Munster Rugby team who were staying in the hotel strategising and planning for their big game with Leinster. They kindly gave of their time to answer a few YMT questions and told us about their lives as professional rugby players and in keeping with the spirit of FÉILTE, about some teachers who inspired them. Thanks to Peter, Billy and Duncan 🙂

Denis, Jack, Lorcan, Amy, Roisin, Anna and Cara
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Youth Media Team visit Claire Byrne Live.

Caitlin and Lorcan visited the Claire Byrne Show in RTÉ. Claire was speaking to guests about doping in sport, cystic fibrosis and most interesting to us, education. There were lots of students in the audience and they all had something interesting to say.

It was a great experience to visit the RTÉ studios and after the show we got to meet Claire herself. Claire said she was interested in the work we do and would be delighted to do an interview with us soon.

We are looking forward to maybe visiting the RTÉ studios again some time soon.

Caitlin and Lorcan
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Interview with Mark Little @ Data Summit 2017

Lorcan interviewed Mark Little, current affairs reporter, broadcaster and author who chaired the keynote addresses and many of the sessions at Data Summit 2017. He told us about how people interact on social media, gave us an interesting insight into the potential of data to support more personalised healthcare. He also spoke to us about the opportunities for emerging Irish companies and as an experienced and successful entrepreneur, he gave some good advice for entrepreneurs in the digital age.

Interview with Minister Dara Murphy TD at Data Summit 2017

Lorcan had an opportunity to interview Minister Dara Murphy, Minister for State for European Affairs, Data Protection and the EU Single Digital Market who was a key figure in hosting the Data Summit. He spoke to us about the reasons behind the Data Summit and how new legislation will impact on both Irish businesses and consumers. Following on from our recent visit to the European parliament, we got an insight into his concerns about Brexit and also told us about the advantages that EU membership brings to young people in Ireland.


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Interviews with Exhibitors @ Data Summit 2017

At the end of Day One at DataSummit 2017, we interviewed Owen Ryan from Social Innovation Fund Ireland and Sam Whelan Curtin from DataKind.
Owen told us about how SIFI help companies addressing social issues to maximise their impact and also spoke about the found Think Tech awardees present at Data Summit 2017.
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Sam explained that DataKind’s ultimate goal is to help charities and institutions understand the power and impact data science can have on their ability to deliver their mission more effectively. DataKind DUB is parter of a wider world-wide movement and try o collaborate with both companies and charities to share ideas and projects, paving the way for the growing local data-for-good movement.
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Interview with Karlin Lillington @ Data Summit 2017

Amy and Anna interviewed Karlin Lillington at Data Summit.   Karlin is a journalist and columnist with the Irish Times focusing on technology, with a special interest in the political, social, business and cultural aspects of information and communication technologies (*).  In her interview she shared her views on data protection and the importance of events such as this.

Finally she offered some advice for those of us interested in pursuing a career in journalism.

Amy and Anna

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Interview with Jekaterina Macuka @ Data Summit 2017

Anna and Amy interviewed Jekaterina Macuka. She is part of the Ministry Of Justice Of Republic Of Latvia. She told as little bit about herself and her role within the Government. She told us why events like this are important. She also told us why representation from different countries is important. She said she was happy with what she had gotten out of today.

Click the link below to listen to our interview-

Anna and Amy
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