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Glanmire teacher stars on TG4

Wednesday, 9th September, 2020 3:15pm

A TV programme aimed at children who attend gaelscoileanna and Gaeltacht schools is back with help from a Glanmire teacher.

Having teamed up with TG4’s ‘Cúla4 ar Scoil' on series one earlier this year, Mary Immaculate College (MIC) is again providing support to the producers and presenters on the programme’s content.

Working in partnership with TG4 and the Department of Education and Skills, Dr Conchúr Ó Brolcháin, lecturer in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at MIC, will lend his expertise to the educational programme, drawing on his experience as a primary school teacher and his extensive research on bilingual and multilingual education.

The second series will be broadcast from Scoil na bhForbacha in the Connemara Gaeltacht. Each fortnight the programme will focus on a different theme with the topic.

Orla Ní Fhinneadha will present the show with assistance from teachers Micheál Ó Dubhghaill, Caitríona Ní Chualáin, Síle Ní Chonghaile, Caitríona McAtee and Joe Ó hEachtairn.

Joe Ó hEachteirn, who just completed a masters in Irish language education at MIC, hails from the village of Kilworth and has been teaching for 11 years.

Currently teaching sixth class pupils in Scoil na nÓg in Glanmire, Joe says children who tune into 'Cúla4 ar Scoil' can expect “an enthusiastic, engaging and contemporary style of teaching that’s appealing to the audience, as well as being entertaining”.

Commenting on the collaboration between MIC and TG4, Dr Ó Brolcháin said: “I’m really delighted to be invited to take part in the second series of ‘Cúla4 ar Scoil’. It was such an enjoyable experience to see how successful the programme became during Ireland’s lockdown. To have the Faculty of Education at MIC involved in such a fun, interactive and extremely engaging programme for primary children is fantastic.”

The presenter, Orla, is currently teaching sixth class pupils at Scoil Éinne in An Spidéal.

When not in the classroom, the Connemara native can be found in front of the camera at TG4 where she is a part-time continuity and weather presenter.

'Cúla4 ar Scoil' will be broadcast on TG4 from Monday-Thursday at 10am with content also available online at cula4.com and on Cúla4's YouTube channel.

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