Interview with Ryan Tubridy at #Feilte

This morning  Eoin and Finn interviewed RTÉ’s Ryan Tubridy. He talked to us about his schools days. Even though he wasn’t an ‘A’ grade student he still enjoyed school as a whole. In his keynote he talked about how teachers went off the beaten track to engage the class and capture their imaginations.

We also posed the question “if half the books I read are on kindle does that make me less of a reader?”, Ryan went on to explain his love for hard print literature and that the use of technology should be limited and balanced. He is a firm believer in people reading physical books. He also mentioned his dislike of social media describing it as “non-social media”.

Youth Media Team :

Eoin Corbett

Finn Briody

Interview with Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan

Having been appointed as Minister for Education in July of this year, Jan O’Sullivan has so far experienced three months in her new position, only one of which has been during the academic term.
She took a Higher Diploma in Education at University College Cork, and she briefly worked as a secondary school teacher after this. She later emigrated to Canada, where she studied as a pre-school teacher. Between these experiences and her role as the Minister for Education, Minister O’Sullivan is the ideal person to interview at Feilte, a Festival of Education in Learning and Teaching Excellence.

Amongst the questions we asked Minister O’Sullivan were what she feels is the most rewarding part of being a Minister, what she thinks are the most important skills we should learn in school as well as what part does she see technology playing in education in the future.

Dave and Eadaoin

Youth Media Team

Interview with Conor Cusack at #Feilte


Caitlin and Finn interviewed Conor Cusack who’s here at #Feilte today to talk about mental wellbeing.   Conor was an intercounty hurler for Cork and is still pursuing his club career with Cloyne.  Throughout his life Conor has battled with depression and spoke to us today about how being surrounded by teammates doesnn’t insulate you from feeling isolated and alone. Conor has openly spoken about his battles with depression. He did this via his blog : Depression is a friend not my enemy. This is an inspirational and empowering piece.

Youth Media Team

Caitlin Donnelly

Finn Briody

Interview with Bressie

Bressie was at #FEILTE to talk on a panel about mental wellbeing, along with former Cork county hurler Conor Cusack, Presenter and ambassador for Pieta House Eoghan McDermott, Psychologist and Clinical Director of AWARE Dr. Clare Hayes, and Teacher and facilitator with ChilloutIreland AnnMarie Ireland.
Matt Cooper chaired the panel.


Bressie is a music star, an accomplished sportsman and a judge on the Voice of Ireland. He is outspoken on the topic of mental health issues and is an ambassador for Cycle Against Suicide, an organisation that seeks to raise awareness and bring support to those dealing with mental health issues.

We chatted to him about various topics in the areas mental well being,  technology and his teenage years.   He shared his own very personal experiences of dealing with panic attacks and insomnia as a teen and his regret that he waited so long to confide in his family.  He feels that technology can be part of the solution as well as part of the problem and thinks that this is an area that should be investigated.

One of his parting shots in our chat was the importance of following your passions.  He doesn’t believe that parents have a right to direct their children away from their passions, for example telling them that they have no future in music!

Dave and Eadaoin
Youth Media Team

Interview with Eoghan McDermott

Eoghan McDermott Interviewed by @YMTfm

Eoghan McDermott is an Irish television and radio presenter mostly known for hosting The Voice of Ireland. We caught up with him at Féilte.

In the interview, Eoghan jokes that he has come to the conference because “he was paid loads of money and is in debt to a vicious money lender” before going on to talk about how his parents were teachers and how there were “always teaching conversations going on in the house throughout the years.”

McDermott goes on to talk about how when he spoke out about his mental well-being. He said that the overwhelming reaction from young people was saying thank you for speaking out, because it’s hard.

Youth Media Team

Jack and Christopher’s interview with Ken McGrath -Eircom


For this interview we were brought to a private room or as Ken McGrath called it The Pod it was like a really small conference room stuffed with technology!.

Ken is responsible for the delivery of Eircom services to schools across Ireland (therefore he is extremely busy today!) He got excited after the #EXCITED event in Dublin Castle at the start of the year, he was more than happy to offer the facility to a similar event. He is a great advocate of learning through technology and believes it is the only way forward!

Jack and Chris of the Youth Media Team!

Jack and Christopher’s interview with Minister Damien English.


In this interview we talked with Minister Damien English about his new role as a junior minister in the Department of Education & Skills, and before that on his work in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. In the interview we talked about Mathletes in education in Ireland and the importance of education through technology.

The Minister was here today to open the Mathletes event.

Although he was from Meath he seemed sound enough! 🙂

Jack & Chris
Youth Media Team

Interview with Jan Muehlfeit


Here Finn interviews Jan Muehlfeit Chairman of Microsoft Europe. Jan speaks about his involvement at the highest levels in advising and guiding on technology usage. He also talks about his career with Microsoft and why he sees technology as an important part of the future for both teaching and learning. He had come to the Khan Academy event today to participate in a panel on the ideas of how platforms like the Khan Academy can help with literacy, mathematics, and future jobs.

This was the first time Mr Muehlfeit met the youth media team. He invited us to visit their headoffice in Brussels if we ever go there to cover an event!

Interview by Finn.