Youth theatre programme leads to job with the BBC

Hannah Quinn-Mulligan, who will be joining the BBC as a trainee producer
CROOM native Hannah Quinn Mulligan is set to join the BBC after overcoming stiff opposition to get as job as a trainee producer.

CROOM native Hannah Quinn Mulligan is set to join the BBC after overcoming stiff opposition to get as job as a trainee producer.

The 24-year-old was the only applicant from the Republic of Ireland to be shortlisted for interview from a pool of 4,500 applicants.

A graduate of Crescent Comprehensive, Trinity College and the University of Limerick, Hannah has recently completed Leading LYTs, a youth initiative programme that aims to equip young adults with the skills required to become Co Limerick Youth Theatre facilitators.

She strongly believes this programme gave her the experience to secure the much sought after position.

“I’ve been offered my dream job. This journey started last year in Lough Gur with a training programme that enabled me to find work as a facilitator and short film director in my home county of Limerick. It was this work that I spoke about during the interview process with the BBC. Without the wealth of experience I gained as a facilitator, I would not have had anything to recommend me in these interviews, and my dream job would still just be a dream,” she explained.

Fiona Quinn Leading LYTs facilitator commented: “Young people learn so much through non-formal learning, that they seldom realise what they’ve learnt. Youth initiative programmes encourage young people to discover their own competence and skills through non-formal learning. It also helps them to both recognise and enhance these skills in the wider community. The Leading LYT’s participants had ownership of the course, and because of this they could direct themselves into their own spheres of interest, as Hannah did with film.”

Sheila Deegan, arts officer with Limerick City and County Council, also congratulated Fiona on her achievement.