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Inspiring Ireland Inspiring Students

Inspiring Ireland, Inspiring Students

An Interview series with Influential people

Audience: Teachers and Students in Primary and Second-level schools

Your Host: Dr. Fidelma Healy Eames, Director, Study & Careers

The ‘Inspiring Ireland’ interview series streams live interviews with influential people into your classrooms – people that our children and teens have come to know from TV and other media. Hosted by Dr. Fidelma Healy Eames, PhD, in collaboration with Education Centres throughout Ireland these interviewees aim to inspire young people through real life stories.

‘We see well-known people on TV and social media everyday but we have no idea about their real-life story or how they came to be where they are today. The ‘Inspiring Ireland’ interview series aims to get behind this by teasing out the story of their lives and how they coped along the way.

Your students will learn about famous people’s lives, their lives growing up long before they became well-known, what and who motivated and influenced them to be the people they are today, their strengths and challenges.

This is a treasure trove – the ultimate intention is that our students will find inspiration for their own lives’.

Exciting names we have interviewed so far include:

Bryan Dobson (RTE News Anchor & News presenter) – did you know that he found learning to read difficult?

Rachael Blackmore – Cheltenham champion jockey, 2021 and first ever woman to win Grand National (2021)

An Taoiseach, Michéal Martin, Cork man and elected public representative for more than 35 years.

David Walliams, the very popular children’s author – 26 books translated into > 55 languages.

Dr. Aoibhinn Ní Shuilleabháin, PhD – Assistant Professor and Director, Maths & Science Teacher Education at UCD.

Links to some of these interviews are included below.

Coming next

Children’s Ombudsman, Dr. Niall Muldoon, Nov. 22nd, 10am (see registration details below)

Ambassador Samantha Power – a Harvard professor, US Ambassador to the United Nations during the Obama administration, – did you know she was born in Ireland and emigrated to US at age of 9?

If you would like your class to participate in this exciting interview series make sure to subscribe to www.studyandcareers.ie and follow us on twitter @educate_talent

‘a conversation can change your life’

#Inspiringireland #InspiringStudents

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Up Next

Children’s Ombudsman, Dr. Niall Muldoon

Dr. Fidelma Healy Eames, PhD, Study and Careers, is delighted to announce her next #InspiringIreland #InspiringStudents interview for teachers and students:

Special Guest: Children’s Ombudsman, Dr. Niall Muldoon.

When: Monday Nov. 22nd , 10am

Reflection: Ms. Nicola Culloty, CBT Therapist & Teacher

Hosted by: Dr. Dympna Daly, West Cork Education Centre

Bookings: westcorkeducationcentre.ie/post-primary-courses/1649-wcecw439-inspiring-ireland-inspiring-students-an-interview-with-children-s-ombudsman-mr-niall-muldoon.html

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Niall has an important story to tell. Appointed by the President in 2015, Dr. Niall Muldoon, a clinical psychologist and proud Donegal man is our second Children’s Ombudsman in the history of the State.  As Ombudsman he advocates for the rights, welfare and wellbeing of our children and young people. Since he took office he has received over 10, 000 complaints mainly from concerned parents, teachers and principals and initiated 32 investigations against the State leading to key changes in health, education and child welfare.

So what do these letters of complaint say, who has his office brought about change for? What impact has Lockdown had on the social and mental health of our young people? What of the State Exams and Calculated grades? How does his office empower young people to participate in the exercise of their rights responsibly and enable change for the greater good? Crucially, what motivates Niall to do this life-changing work?  Cognisant of the work of teachers to create schools that are happy, supportive places, these questions and more will be the focus of this hopeful interview. In response, Ms. Nicola Culloty, CBT Therapist and teacher will respond to issues raised in the course of the interview.

Book your spot today and engage your students in this important conversation.

Listen to Fidelma’s #InspiringIrelandInspiringStudents’ interview with Maths’ enthusiast,

Dr. Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin.

What was the Taoiseach like as a boy growing up – listen to his interview here!

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Listen to An Taoiseach, Michéal Martin talk about his life and what inspired him to be a politician.

An Taoiseach, Michéal Martin TD, a Cork man and in public life for more than 35 years. Hear his story and what inspired him at the link above.

—————————————————————————————————————————–—‘Promoting active citizenship and students’ voice is a key tenet of Irish education curriculum today. I am delighted An Taoiseach took time out of his busy schedule to engage with students and teachers in Irish primary and second-level classrooms. Students had the opportunity to hear An Taoiseach talk about his childhood growing up, what inspired him, where he found his voice, why he chose a career in politics and what drives him today. Thank you Taoiseach’.

Popular children’s author, David Walliams

Study & Careers director, Fidelma Healy Eames, interviewed the enormously popular children’s author, David Walliams, on Mon. Sept. 20th, 10am, in collaboration with ESCI.

‘Irish children asked me to see if we could book David for an #InspiringIreland #InspiringStudents interview and I am so delighted he said yes! His interview was fabulous, we had up to 60k students and 2000 teachers listening in! David also read aloud for children and kindly offered to do a separate interview for second-level students at a future date. How great is that! You can read more about David in the brief bio below.

David Walliams OBE, is an English comedian, actor, writer, and television personality. Multi-talented, he is also a very well-known writer of children’s books, with over 2.3m twitter followers. In 2008 David published his first children’s book ‘The Boy in the Dress’, illustrated by Sir Quentin Blake selling over one million copies. Since then, he has published 29 further books, including 9 picture books. A series of best-selling books have followed, many of which have been staged or televised, such as ‘Mr Stink’, ‘Gangsta Granny’, ’The Boy in the Dress’ and ‘Grandpa’s Great Escape’. So far his books have been translated into 53 languages and have sold over 40 million copies worldwide. In 2017 David was awarded an OBE for his services to charity and the arts.
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Listen to Fidelma’s interview with RTE’s Bryan Dobson

Hear his key messages for our young people

Fidelma interviews RTE’s Bryan Dobson about his life, his education and key decisions and influencers that shaped where he is today

If you would like your class to participate in this exciting interview series make sure to subscribe to www.studyandcareers.ie and follow us on twitter @educate_talent

‘a conversation can change your life’

#Inspiringireland #InspiringStudents

Endorsement

‘The ‘Inspiring Ireland Inspiring Students’ interview webinar series has been met with extremely positive feedback from thousands of students and teachers in schools all over our country. A truly unique concept that has captured the imagination of students enabling them to listen to the stories and insights of well-known, inspirational Irish people ‘live’ in their classrooms. We look forward to working closely with Fidelma to bring you further inspirational speakers in the 2021/22 school year’.

Terry O’Sullivan, Director, Tralee Education Centre in partnership with Clare Education Centre, Navan Education Centre and Monaghan Education Centre