Young YouTube stars of Kilrane land TV debut as RTE catch sight of their talent

Amy Lewis

Published 13/10/2015 | 00:00

Above and middle of page: pupils of Kilrane NS became junior news reporters for their YouTube video which attracted the attention of the producers of RTE New2day .
Above and middle of page: pupils of Kilrane NS became junior news reporters for their YouTube video which attracted the attention of the producers of RTE New2day .
RTE cameraman Brian Walsh and presenter Nick Sheridan in Kilrane National School for a piece on the work of sixth class pupils for RTE's News2day.
RTE cameraman Brian Walsh and presenter Nick Sheridan in Kilrane National School for a piece on the work of sixth class pupils for RTE's News2day.
Above and middle of page: pupils of Kilrane NS became junior news reporters for their YouTube video which attracted the attention of the producers of RTE New2day .
RTE cameraman Brian Walsh and presenter Nick Sheridan in Kilrane National School for a piece on the work of sixth class pupils for RTE's News2day.

When sixth class pupils at Kilrane National School made a short YouTube Video concerning the refugee crisis, they never imagined that their project would land them a place on national television.

Yet that is exactly what happened for the 30 pupils, who recently made their small screen debut on RTE's news programme for children, News2day. Enniscorthy's own Nick Sheridan, who presents the popular kid's show, dropped into the students to speak with them about their work. According to 6th class teacher Bobby Kenny, everyone got involved in the enjoyable day.

'Nick came in and did a report on the money that we raised,' he explained. 'Every class from junior infants to sixth class then took part in a crossbar challenge as family members and teachers cheered them on. We also had a jersey day as a fundraiser.'

The video which won their claim to fame was a news bulletin on the refugee crisis, published last month. Inspired by the 'upsetting images' that they were seeing on the news of the crisis, Bobby and his students decided to produce short film which was edited and produced by the young people themselves. The project soon grabbed the attention of people across the country, including the RTE producers. Already, the video has over 600 views with the number increasing since the RTE News2Day slot last week.

'The pupils tell me that they have had neighbours and friends calling in to them at home and calling them celebrities,' laughed Bobby.

Along with highlighting the refugee crisis with their video, the Kilrane students also wanted to lend a hand. In addition to last week's jersey day, they also have organised a non-uniform day and an art competition to raise funds for GOAL. So far, their efforts have brought in €310 for the cause.

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