THE DEPUTY director general of RTE commended the “inspiring” students of Colaiste Chiarian in Croom during a visit to the school this Wednesday.
Kevin Bakhurst who is also the managing director of RTE news and current affairs, was at the County Limerick secondary school to mark the establishment of an education partnership between RTE and Colaiste Chiarain’s radio and television broadcasting course.
“It’s a great initiative,” said Mr Bakhurst. “I was there about a year ago when it was in its early days and I have to say the teaching staff and the students at the school are fantastically impressive. The technical ability and the intelligence of the students I came across on my brief visit there was really impressive,” he noted.
The occasion marks the culmination of two years of broadcasting courses and achievements at the school, under the direction of Matt Kelly, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the broadcasting industry as camera operator, editor, director and producer.
“As the first second level school in the country to offer radio and television broadcasting both at junior and senior level, this initiative is very exciting and a great opportunity to get more young people involved in media and broadcasting,” continued Mr Bakhurst.
Fourth year student, Eoin Hayes said the school are looking forward to “exciting times ahead”.