Interview with Lynn Ruane

Lynn Ruane  is a Senator  for the University of Dublin constituency in Seanad Éireann. She is an activist and campaigner on issues of justice and equality.

In our interview she talks about the need for belonging regardless of  the stage of education the person is at and how school and colleges can support this need.

Lynn talked to us about her experience with the education system and what prompted her to return to education. She also spoke openly about the barriers she encountered in education and how she persevered none the less and who inspired her.

Lynn talked about the the importance of young people having a role model they can relate to and also how important it is to have events like Féilte. We also asked her about the impact she hopes to make as senator.

Anna and Cara ,

Youth Media Team

Sabina Higgins Shares Her Message for Young People


The Youth Media Team talked with Sabina Higgins, wife of the President of Ireland. Sabina shared her important message for the young people of Ireland.

Sabina said, “Now is the most crucial and important time in the world. Because it’s the first time ever– because of what mankind has done in the last 200 years–that the planet is in danger of not being in existence”.


Sabina pointed out that people are doing a lot of work on these problems. “In the United Nations, and then in Paris, 200 countries signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals. These are 17 little goals there. They’re no poverty, no hunger, good health and well being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, clean and affordable energy, decent work, and it finishes up with action for climate change in land and in sea”.

The Paris Accords were a big deal. According to Sabina, “It was the first time in the world that countries across the whole world had one agenda.”

Sabina talked about how as young people we have access to all this information and that its a very exciting time for all this positive change to be happening. It’s a promising time. But it is also one filled with challenges. “You are the people that will bring those changes”, Sabina said. “So whatever area you’re interested in, know that you’re working, not just for yourself here, but for the world, the planet and that we’re all the same in the planet. And that we can do it.” Sabina reminded us that we “are the people who have the most exciting task. And whatever area you’re in, it’s all connected, it’s reaching to others.”

Sabina enjoyed the Feilte Exhibition. “There is nothing like the knowledge that you can have now,” Sabina said. “You know, when I was a girl, they didn’t even teach us about evolution!”

Anna and Cara
Youth Media Team

Guard of Honour from St Michael’s Infant School

The Youth Media Team met with St Michael’s infant school who formed a guard of honour for President Higgins on his arrival at #FÉILTE. The students happily recounted their experience after their personal meeting with President Michael D Higgins.


[Interview by Anna and Denis.]

Interview with Uachtarán na hÉireann, President Michael D. Higgins

The Youth Media Team had the honour of interviewing our President Michael D. Higgins at #Feilte.

We started our interview with a few words as Gaeilge and asked him what we as young people can do to be proud of our native language particularly with this year being Bliain na Gaeilge.

We also asked the President, after his many years of experience in the political sphere, if he has any advice for us young people and how we can use our voice and find our voice in the world of politics here in Ireland and abroad.

Finally we asked President Michael D. Higgins to tell us about his most important educational influence on his life so far.

As a team it was both a pleasure and an honour to meet our President. Interviewing Mr. Higgins was a great experience, one which we will treasure for the rest of our lives.

Thank you to President Higgins for taking the time to speak with us!

Lorcan, Roisin, Cara, Jack, Amy, Anna and Denis
Youth Media Team

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
Youth Media Team

Interview with Minister Denis Naughten

Amy, Anna and Lorcan did a phone interview with Minister Denis Naughten on the way home home from the School Digital Champion showcase. The Minister spoke about the need for the School Digital Champion Programme and why it is important for schools to get involved. He also spoke about why this is an important initiative for the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in collaboration with the Department of Education and Skills. He finally shared his thoughts on the projects showcased today.

We are really grateful to the Minister for taking time out of his busy schedule this evening to give us an interview when time didn’t allow it earlier today.

Amy, Anna and Lorcan
Youth Media Team

Interview with Elizabeth Treacy


Elizabeth Treacy did a session about the new Junior Cycle and how it gives teachers a new opportunity to listen to the student voice via the medium of project work.She also talked about how she used green screens in the classroom and why student voices are important and how digital technology supprted student voice.

Listen below..

Denis and Charis
Youth Media Team

Interview with Prof. Vincent Cunnane

Amy and Denis interviewed Prof. Vincent Cunnane, LIT President. He spoke about the importance of events like #Ictedu and te importance of voices in education. He also talked about how LIT will take advantage of the changing landscape of education.

Amy and Denis

Youth Media Team

Interview with Stephen Howell

Amy and Lorcan interviewed Stephen Howell. Stephen Howell is the current Academic Engagement Manager for Microsoft Ireland. He describes himself as having a passion for teaching kids to code. Stephen did the closing Keynote for today’s event.  He talked to us about the Dream Space in the new Microsoft building. We asked him about the developments in Technology that excite him the most and told us about the highlight of the event so far.

Listen below

Amy and Lorcan

Youth Media Team

 

Interview with Cormac Cahill

Cara and Denis interviewed Cormac Cahill.  He is a primary school teacher in Cork, Apple distinguished educator, apple education trainer, book creator ambassador and a passionate advocate of technology in the classroom . He talked about the different augmented reality apps he uses in his school. He also explained how he thinks these types of apps will benifit all subjects in the future.

Cara and Denis

Youth Media Team