Interview with John Hartnett

Aoibheann, Emma, Denis and Roisin interviewed John Hartnett the founder and president of the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITGL) at the ITGL Young Innovators event in Shannon Airport. John told us about why he founded ITGL and the work that he does. He also spoke about how important events like today are, as now young people don’t have to wait until their 20s or 30s to be an entrepreneur. John’s advice to us as young people was to follow our passions and to think outside the box when looking for solutions to problems.

Aoibheann, Emma, Denis and Roisin

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Interview with Gavin Duffy and Barry O’Sullivan

Aoibheann, Emma, Denis and Roisin interviewed the two male Dragons, Gavin Duffy and Barry O’Sullivan from Dragons Den at the ITLG Young Innovators event. Gavin and Barry told us about their background and what it’s like being a dragon. Gavin and Barry also spoke about how learning about businesses and entrepreneurship from a young age can be hugely beneficial. They were surprised we asked about the gender balance in the Den because for them it’s all about good ideas and competitiveness.

Aoibheann, Emma, Denis and Roisin

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Interview with Eleanor McEvoy, Chanelle McCoy and Alison Cowzer

Emma, Aoibheann, Denis and Roisin interviewed the three female dragons, Eleanor McEvoy, Chanelle McCoy and Alison Cowzer from Dragons Den at the ITLG Young Innovators event. The ladies told us about their background and how it feels to be called a dragon. All of them were very passionate about young people in business and how events like today are so important for them to learn more and get inspired from the generation of the future. They also felt that gender balance is key and that they were looking forward to a future where ‘its the norm’ for women to be behind successful businesses.

Emma, Aoibheann, Denis and Roisin

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Big Reasons LIT Supports Young Innovators

Vincent Cunnane. Photo by James Connolly.
Vincent Cunnane, President of LIT.ie

Professor Vincent Cunnane, President of LIT and Dr. Liam Brown, Vice President for Research Enterprise and Development for LIT, explained why the Limerick Institute of Technology enthusiastically supports young innovators. Liam and Vincent spoke about their roles in LIT and why young people continue to drive the success of entrepreneurship in Ireland.

Roisin and Denis

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Interview with panel members at #LeargasForum


Amy, Anna and Cara interviewed four members of the panel discussing “The role of educational exchange and cooperation programmes in shaping the future of Europe” at the Léargas Forum. The panel members were Senator Alice Mary Higgins, an independent Senator and leader of the Civil Engagement Group in Seanad Éireann, John McLoughlin, Deputy Principal at Galway Technical Institute, Mary Moynihan, writer, theatre and film-maker and artistic director of Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Human Rights and Samantha Ncube, a ‘No Hate Speech’ youth ambassador and a participant int he European Youth in Migration forum.

Each of the panel members spoke a little about themselves and the projects they were involved in before sharing their thoughts with us on the importance of connections in shaping our future. Finally they spoke about how involvement in Erasmus+ projects can help to broaden the horizons of young people like ourselves.

Amy, Anna and Cara
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To find out more about
– the Erasmus journey of students in John’s school check out GTI EU Placement
– the ‘No Hate Speech’ movement check out No Hate Speech Movement in Ireland
– Smashing Times check out Smashing Times

Interview with Ruairi McKiernan

Cara, Anna and Amy interviewed Social Innovator and Campaigner Ruairi McKiernan at the Léargas forum. Ruairi delivered a very thoguth provoking keynote address and we used our interview to get him to recap on some of the ideas he spoke about. Ruairi shared some insights into life in a direct provision centre as well as some reasons why we need to stand in solidarity with those who are marginalised in our society. He spoke about the need to find work with purpose and the need to re-energise ourselves in order to be able to continue standing in solidarity with others. Ruairi spoke about the very important work of youth organisations and how they can help so many young people. Finally he shared about the imprtance of Erasmus+ projects like ‘Building Walls, Breaking Walls’.

Cara, Anna and Amy
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Interview with Jim Mullin

Anna, Cara and Amy interviewed Jim Mullin, Executive Director of Léargas. In the interview Jim shared his thoughts on the theme and the values underpinning today’s event “Looking Forward: The Future of Europe”. He also shared some insight into some of the Erasmus+ projects which have been supported by Léargas over the past year. Jim spoke about the European Solidarity Corps, an initiative being launched today. Finally, he shared his plans for the drum which was presented to him by Nigerian Carnival Ireland at the opening performance this morning. It sounds like the Léargas staff meetings will be a little bit different from now on … 🙂

Anna, Cara and Amy
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Interview with Aoibhinn Ni Suilleabhain

Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain
Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain at Feilte 2018 in Limerick.

Aoibhinn Ni Suilleabhain is currently a member of the School of Mathematical Sciences in University College Dublin researching and lecturing in Mathematics Education. She has also done work as a broadcaster after he success in the Rose of Tralee.


Jack and Amy spoke to her about how teachers can help students engage more in Maths and the importance of having girls take up more jobs in STEM. She also spoke about the advice that she would give to her Leaving Cert self and the opportunities that her involvement in the Rose of Tralee gave her. As a public figure she has successfully managed the balance between her public and private life and she shared how she manages this as well as sharing her favourite memory from her time in education so far.

[Interview by Jack and Amy, Youth Media Team.]

Interview with Davy Fitzgerald

Davy Fitzgerald is a former Clare hurler turned manager. He managed the Waterford senior hurling team from 2008 to 2011 and from there he took over as Clare manager from 2011 to 2016. After this he moved to Wexford and has been managing their team ever since. As both a player and manager he has won Munster and All Ireland titles. . He is also a mentor on Ireland’s Fittest Family.

He spoke to Amy and Denis about how bullying in school made him the person he is today and and the importance of dreaming and always working towards a goal. He talked about the difference between preparing for an All Ireland as both a player and manager and how the role of a manager involves being responsible for a lot more people!! Finally he shared his favourite memory in sport which the 1995 Munster Final. The interesting thing was his passion for the importance of family in that occasion for him …

Denis and Amy
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Interview with Taragh Loughrey Grant

Anna, Amy (and Lorcan on camera :)) interviewed Taragh Loughrey Grant from RTE at the School Digital Champion showcase. Taragh spoke about her work as the Digital Editor for Lifestyle for RTE, which involves looking after the Lifestyle section of the RTE website and the RTE NewsNow app, looking after the RTE social media accounts, presenting a parenting series, a podcats called the Hourglass Series and so much more!! She shared the opportunities that mobile journalism provides and spoke to us about how important it is for us to have female role models in STEM. Finally she shared some of her role models who include Countess Markievicz, Aine Lawwlor, Rachel English, Audrey Carville, Claire Byrne to name but a few! Taragh’s enthusiasm was infectious!

Anna and Amy
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