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Sabina Higgins Shares Her Message for Young People

Irish Youth Media Team - Sat, 10/06/2018 - 13:22

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 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 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!”

Sabina belongs 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.”

[Interview by Anna Powell and Cara O’Brien]

Interview with Harry McCann

Irish Youth Media Team - Sat, 10/06/2018 - 12:28

Amy and Jack interviewed Harry McCann at #FEILTE.

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.


Amy and Jack

Youth Media Team

Interviews with some of the showcases at Feilte

Irish Youth Media Team - Sat, 10/06/2018 - 12:21

Denis and Roisin interviewed Kate from Make, Create, Innovate today at Feilte. She spoke about what she is showcasing today at Feilte and the importance of teachers coming together to share ideas.

Denis and Roisin interviewed Leona Forde, a teacher from  Kinsale Community School. She spoke about their new collaborative projects in the school for teachers.

Cara and Roisin interviewed Marese Murphy a teacher showcasing about how she incorporates STEM into the classroom from a young age.

Denis, Cara and Roisin

Youth Media Team


Interview with Uachtarán na hÉireann, President Michael D. Higgins.

Irish Youth Media Team - Sat, 10/06/2018 - 12:18

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 and Roisin
Youth Media Team

Interview with Davy Fitzgerald

Irish Youth Media Team - Sat, 10/06/2018 - 12:13

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 …

Denis and Amy
Youth Media Team

Interview with Lynn Ruane

Irish Youth Media Team - Sat, 10/06/2018 - 11:45

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

Sustaining Our Youth Media Team through Teamwork

Bernie Goldbach - Sat, 10/06/2018 - 08:52
MIDWAY THROUGH the annual Teaching Council Conference (hashtagged #feilte2018), I started thinking more about sustainability, since that term was floating throughout several corners of the conference venue. More specifically, I started thinking about how to sustain the efforts of the Youth Media Team. And I formed the same conclusion that Pam O'Brien and Conor Galvin made years ago--it's a team effort. Bernie Goldbach

In Bernie's briefcase at work [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sat, 10/06/2018 - 05:12

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

The stuff I need to record audio and share.

Spending a weekend immersed in education #feilte

Bernie Goldbach - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 15:32

EVERY FALL, I mark the start of another academic year by listening to peers explain a wide range of topics I can immediately use as a creative media lecturer. The presentations, workshops, and networking happen in Feilte 2018, a major initiative of the Teaching Council of Ireland.

Listen to "We are at Feilte 2018" on Spreaker.

If you're around Mary Immaculate College on the 5th and 6th of October, look for me inside a circle of teens wearing red shirts. They're the Youth Media Team and they probably want to interview you if you're attending Feilte 2018.

[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media for business with the Limerick Institute of Technology.]

Breast Cancer Awareness, Charitable Knitting Patterns, and Knitting for Comfort

Evin O’Keeffe - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 13:43

It is October and each year this is the month for greater and expanded breast cancer awareness. You’ll notice people may wear more pink – or knit with pink. There are so many ways to help this cause, from donating...

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Letting Google Take Me To Work [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 11:03

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

AI is so clever, innit?

Sketching a snake [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 20:44

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

While watching an artist sketch a snake.

Rotating Animators [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 15:58

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

In the LSAD Media Studio with Claire and Doireann,

Sadhbh On Site [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 15:58

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Caught in mid-pixel.

Admiring All the Woolly Wonderfulness at Carol Feller Studio Open Day

Evin O’Keeffe - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 14:45

This Saturday, Carol Feller hosted an Open Day at her new studio space in Cork’s Marina Park. It was an opportunity to see her many samples, browse yarns for her new patterns, visit with other knitters, and maybe do a...

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Personally Immersed in Two Sigma h/t @patrickc #edchatie

Bernie Goldbach - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 05:43
PATRICK COLLISON ASKS, "Is Bloom's Two Sigma phenomenon real? If so, what do we do about it?" Bernie Goldbach

Chickpea Stew Recipe – Ad

Caitriona Redmond - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 18:43

When Knorr Ireland approached me and asked me if I’d be interested in devising a simple recipe to use their stockpots I was delighted to take on the challenge because I do use stockpots and stockcubes on a regular basis. Even though I do make my own homemade stock in the slow cooker, I don’t always have stock to hand when the freezer is full of other things. It is simply a very handy option to add flavour to a meal.

Let’s talk about fibre for a minute though. I’ve become obsessed with healthy fibre in our diets. Without fibre things become a little bit backed up. One source of fibre I can always persuade the boys to eat is chickpeas. Whatever I make if there’s chickpeas in it then I know I’m onto a winner for a family meal. The boys demolish this chickpea stew anytime I make it. So does the fussy teenager because she loves the ‘curry flavour’. This is a winner on so many levels. It’s the perfect plant-based meal for a Meat Free Monday or a side dish to go with meat if you wish.

Shortly after this picture was taken the cheeky monkey lost that wiggley tooth at the front by the way.

You will notice that I’ve not put any added salt into this recipe. There is plenty of flavour from the garam masala powder and the stockpot so there’s no need for additional salt. Something I’m very happy about as I do try to be careful about the salt in our diets.

Chickpea Stew

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 45 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 teaspoon sunflower oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Garam Masala powder
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tin of chickpeas, do not drain
  • 1 Knorr Vegetable Stockpot


Place a large saucepan on a medium heat. Pour in the sunflower oil, onion, and pepper. Stir well for about 3 minutes until the onions begin to soften. Add the garam masala powder and stir once again so that the spices coat the vegetables and warm through in the heat.

Pour the chopped carrot and full tin of chickpeas (including the water) into the saucepan. Stir until the liquid begins to gently bubble.

Stir in the vegetable stockpot until it dissolves in the sauce.

Cover the saucepan and reduce the heat to low for 30 minutes before serving with crusty bread or a bowl of brown rice.

Disclosure: This blogpost was sponsored by Knorr Ireland. If you want to learn more about my policies around disclosure and sponsorship, please click this link.

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Inktober is Running [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 08:33

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

31 days with 31 inks.

Hugging after Kavanagh [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 09/30/2018 - 16:59

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Spotted on Twitter while riveted to TV during the Senate hearing for Brett Kavanagh.

After eating a veggie brekkie [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 09/30/2018 - 16:59

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

And talking about it on Limor.