Inspiring Ireland Inspiring Students

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

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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’.

Book your slot to hear popular children’s author, David Walliams:

Mon, Sept 20th, 10am

Study & Careers director, Fidelma Healy Eames, is delighted to announce her forthcoming live interview with popular children’s author, David Walliams, for Irish primary schools on Mon. Sept. 20th, 10am, in collaboration with Tralee, Clare, Navan and Monaghan Education Centres

‘Irish children asked me to see if we could book David for an #InspiringIreland #InspiringStudents interview and I’m delighted to say he has said yes! He has even promised to read aloud for children and has kindly offered to do a separate interview for second-level students. How great is that! You can read more about David in the brief bio below.

In the meantime, we all have homework to do to be ready for this exciting interview! There are two things you need to do right away (i) book your slot asap via Tralee Education Centre @edcentretralee and (ii) email me questions you would like me to ask David about his books to or tweet your questions to the Study and Careers twitter handle @educate_talent 

Don’t forget to use the #InspiringIreland #InspiringStudents hashtag, tag @davidwalliams and subscribe to to stay in the loop about future events!

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

Inspiring Ireland, Inspiring Students

A monthly Interview series with Influential people

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

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, these interviews aim to inspire young people through real life stories.

‘We see well-known people on TV but we have no idea about their real-life story or how they got to where they are today. The ‘Inspiring Ireland’ interview series aims to get behind this by teasing out the story of their lives. Your students will learn about famous people’s lives, their lives growing up long before they became well known, what motivated them 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)

Next up . . .

An Taoiseach, Michéal Martin TD, a Cork man and in public life for 35 years. Hear his story and what inspired him on Monday September 13th, 12 noon. Places are going fast – sign up via your local Education Centre or via this link

David Walliams, well-known children’s author – 26 books translated into > 55 languages – Book your place for this interview on September 20th, 10am and find out what inspires David to be such a prolific author!

Future Guests to include . . .

Dr. Tony Holohan (Chief Medical Officer, HSE) – did you know the reliable face of Covid19 in Ireland is a Limerick man?

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?

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

More to follow!

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‘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