When we met with the team at Kinsale Community School earlier this year to plan how we might
involve our young local talent with our arts weekend festival, teacher Brian O’Reilly came up with a
brilliant idea! Avail of the school’s broadcasting studio (Yep … they have a broadcasting studio!!!)
and get a team of TY students to make a series of podcasts to bring the Arts Weekend world right
into the students’ world. Why didn’t we think of that before now!!!!

Brian pulled together a small but committed team and between them the students planned the
podcast topics, did the research, conducted the interviews, and produced the episodes. On one
occasion, two of the students even escaped from school for a few hours to attend a KAW committee
meeting, getting a “birds’ eye” view of the planning and organising that goes on behind the scenes.
The students will also get to interview artists during the weekend – focusing of course on artists that
are most likely to appeal to a younger audience. No “fuddy duddy” stuff for this team!
More importantly, the students have promised to give us tips on our social media and digital
marketing skills – so hopefully you will see the results of that soon on our different promotional
platforms. Reciprocal learning is the way to go!

Congratulations and thank you to teacher Brian O’Reilly and his team (Giulia Moretto, Seán Hynes,
Molly Riese Collins, Tessa Worth and Aisling Webb who have now broadcast their first podcast.

Link for all the “behind the scenes” info on Kinsale Arts Weekend.