If you missed Feilte 2018 and would like to listen to a quick compilation of the interviews created by the Youth Media Team, just fire up your podcatcher and download the YMT audio file. Or click and play the clip directly on the YMT.fm website.
The teens and adults of the Youth Media Team are grateful for the kind courtesy continuously extended by the Teaching Council of Ireland. And deeply appreciate the sincerity afforded by President Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins. We all learn through these shared moments.
The biggest event of 2018 has to be meeting President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina in the lobby of Mary Immaculate College during Feilte 2018. It was truly a group event that involved two main interviewers, three of the team taking photos, and two others with a back-up recorder for the special occasion.
We made a short clip that captured the moment from start to finish and hope you enjoy listening to it.
Recorded by Loran and Roisin, and Amy from the Youth Media Team.
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.
Roisin and Amy interviewed Sarah Jayne Carey, a computer science teacher in Colaiste Bride in Clondalkin, and Lorcan. a sixth year student from Borrisokane Community College. Sarah Jayne and Lorcan were part of a panel discussion on the 21st Century Classroom today at Feilte.
They spoke about the role of technology in the classroom from both a student and teacher perspective. Lorcan then spoke about the distinction between being a digital native and digitally literate. Sarah Jayne spoke about teaching adults and teenagers and the difference in their digital skills.
Harry was part of a panel entitled ‘The 21st Century Classroom:
the impact of technology on today’s learners.’ We asked him about his thoughts on the digital age of consent which he has been quite vocal about recently. We also spoke to him about his involvement with the documentary ‘Making Ireland Click’ and why it was important to focus on the older generation andhow they use technology. Harry also gave a TED talk in February 2017 and he told us about that.
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 …
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.
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
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
Youth Media Team