Yesterday was a very busy day for us! Before we had our big official launch, we spent the day being filmed firstly by the lovely Diarmaid Fleming and Ferghus Sweeney from UTV Ireland. They came from Galway in a cool white jeep with UTV on the side of it! We forgot to take a photo of it outside the school!!! We had our banners up and tractors in place and some lambs in a pen. The two lads were very nice to us, they made us stop feeling nervous and were telling us funny jokes and stuff! They filmed us in both of the classrooms here working on our laptops and working in pairs next door. One of our favourite parts to film was the "teaser" (Aoibheanns grandad says we have the right terminology to move to Hollywood now) it was really fun, we got to do a big cheer. After being in our school they went to Padraics farm next door and filmed his mam milking and our neighbour John talking about a farming accident he had a few years ago which he was lucky to survive. From there they went on to film Maura Canning from the IFA as well. They must have had a very busy day on the road! It was great taking a few takes of things..... and we couldn't wait to see how they were going to edit it. When we saw ourselves on the news at 6.30 and again at 10 we were thrilled. Diarmaid was live from Galway for the feature at 10 and we think he did an amazing job to promote farm safety. We couldn't but stress how important an issue it is and we really felt last night that we had helped to promote it.
After UTV Ireland were finished, well actually before they left TG4 had arrived. We got to meet Ailbhe Ó Monacháin and David Fenwick (who told us he went to college with Mrs Mangan...but we never got to hear any funny stories as she was there!!!) They too were very nice to us and they filmed us in Irish and English (the English is hopefully going to be on RTEnews2day soon). We were nervous about how to explain things in Irish But Mrs Mangan reassured us they would help us and they did. David even saw how nervous Shakira was at one stage and told her to practise and he wouldn't film, then when she had done her practice, he told her she was done!!!! He had filmed it already!! Then they filmed a local farmer...and teacher from Kilbannon NS talking about tractor safety out in front of the school as well!
Thank you to both crews for coming and being so nice to us and promoting farm safety with us and for us!
Would you believe our website had over 600 hits after the tv airing...in just one hour!!!!!!
Also we got several emails from proud past pupils and phone calls this morning saying they were just so proud to see their former school achieving something like this. One lady was in school here in the 1940's and she lived in Korea for years, she is going to send us on some writings about her life there. Another man Joe Glynn rang from Dublin, his father had been a past pupil here, indeed a very famous past pupil, Geogre Glynn who is the only past pupil (so far) to win an All Ireland Football medal.... we have some very high hopes for some of our recent past pupils and current ones! He is going to come to us the next time he is down this way and bring us some photos and tell us some stories about George. We might even get to talk to George some day too!
Thanks from us both
Aoibheann and Padraic.
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