Category Archives: Events

Musings about big events we’ve attended.

Interview with Jim Mullin

Léargas Executive Director Jim Mullin was a very busy man today. The #LéargasForum is one of their busiest days of the year but he took time out of his hectic schedule to speak with us. We talked about a number of things including; what Léargas does both here and in Europe, the forum itself and his previous work before his role with Léargas. We also talked with him about the choice of Fr. Peter McVerry as today’s forum keynote. Jim had some very interesting things to say about the reasons for this choice. ( In another blogpost we talk about our interview with Fr. Peter McVerry has been working with vulnerable young people in Dublin for the last 40 years. During this time he has campaigned tirelessly for their rights and his keynote speech went down very well at the forum today. He spoke about dignity, the importance of young people having a sense of belonging and a sense of being valued and cared about.)

Caitlin and Dave
Youth Media Team

Young People shaping our society – are we there yet?

As part of the Léargas forum a series of workshops were organised that deal with some of the core areas of Léargas work. For example one of the workshops today Young People shaping our society-are we there yet?


The workshop was facilitated by Dermot O’Brien and Bernadette Larkin and walked through the Erasmus + project undertaken. We explored what is meant by political and distinguished between political referring to public representation versus political as finding something you don’t like and not changing it. During our discussions we spoke about conflict between empowerment and ”walking the line” in school. Some other points of discussion were around the importance of empowering those who are least engaged and how to go about doing this.



The project was undertaken in partnership with the National Youth Council of Ireland and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and involved the following steps.

  • Research on empowerment (Red C poll)
  • EU Youth Conference in Rome.
  • Focus Groups
  • EU Youth Conference Riga resulting in a list of Europe wide recommendations.
  • Items to Action report produced for EU Council of Ministers meeting.
  • EU Youth Conference Luxembourg.
  • Priority areas identified for Ireland.
  • Final Recommendations produced.

The project has fed into the road map for the National Implementation Plan for 2016 which begins in January.

Caitlin, Finn & Dave

Youth Media Team

Interview with Father Peter McVerry

Caitlin and Finn interviewed Father Peter McVerry who set up the Peter McVerry Trust in the 1970’s. The trust works with young homeless people in inner city Dublin. In his interview he spoke to us about the different centres which includes short term one day beds, 6 month beds,addiction and counseling centres and finally 150 permanent beds/flats which can permanently home people in need. The centres combined serve over 4000 homeless people each year. Peter spoke in his keynote about the rapidly changing world around us and also the rapidly changing homeless landscape, with families instead of individuals becoming homeless. Fr McVerry also spoke about how he believes Muslims and Christians need to connect more to end the negativity towards the religion, which has come about due to recent events.

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Caitlin and Finn.

Interview with Steve and Susanne.


Caitlin interviewed Steve and Susanne from Aerial Filming Ireland at the Digital Youth Council’s review and planning meeting. They told us about how they became involved in drones and what they spoke to the Digital Youth Council members about. Suzanne also told us a bit about their new project Sky Tango.


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Interview with Brendan Maher, Eoin Kelly and John Mullane

At the launch of Brendan Cummins’ book ‘Standing My Ground’, we interviewed a selection of hurling greats past and present, including the likes of Brendan Maher,  Eoin Kelly and Waterford’s John Mullane.  Each shared their own memories of Brendan’s career in the past 20 years.

Eoin Kelly

Brendan Maher

John Mullane

Finn, Amy and Róisín

Interview with Joe Bracken (Tipperary PRO) and Referee Fergal Horgan


At the launch of this years Clean Ireland Recycling Senior Hurling County Final Chris, Finn and Roisin meet up with Joe Bracken County PRO and Fergal Horgan this years referee. Joe shared his memories of attending county finals growing up.


Fergal discussed the privilege of being in charge of such an important occasion on the Tipp hurling calendar.

Here’s the interviews :

Joe Bracken

Fergal Horgan

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Chris, Finn and Roisin


Interview with Paddy McCormack and Padraic Maher ,Thurles Sarsfields

padraic maher

At the launch of this years Clean Ireland Recycling Senior Hurling Final in Semple Stadium Chris, Finn and Roisin caught up with Thurles Sarsfields manager Paddy McCormack and captain Padraic Maher who shared their views on this years final and the challenge of Nenagh Eire Óg.

Here’s the interviews:

Padraic Maher

Paddy McCormack

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Chris, Finn and Roisin

Interview with Jackie Cahill

jackie cahill

At the launch of Brendan Cummins’ book ‘Standing My Ground’ we interviewed Jackie Cahill who co-wrote the book with Brendan.

Jackie gave us an insight into the process of writing a book with a sportsman such as Brendan, his memories from Brendan’s career and a look at the man behind the public persona.

Chris and Amy

Youth Media Team

Interview with Paul Collins

paul collins

At the launch of Brendan Cummins’ book ‘Standing My Ground’ we spoke to Paul Collins, Journalist with Today FM and friend of Brendan.  Paul talked to us about the qualities that Brendan brought to the game of hurling that would make him a good choice as future manager of the Tipperary senior hurling team. Despite pressing him to share some anecdotes about Brendan, he pleaded libel laws and declined to share one with us!

We had a bit of banter with Paul at the end – he reckoned one of us was good and the other was cat! You can decide which was which 🙂

Dave and Finn

Youth Media Team