Schools will have the opportunity to receive radio production training and enter their programmes into a national competition being organised as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge 2014 with the support of the BAI.
Groups of students are asked to enter a 30 minute Irish language radio show, which is open to four levels: 3-4th Class, 5-6th Class, 1-3rd Year and 4-6th Year. The winning entries in each category will receive a cash prize of €150 as well as airing on Raidió Rí-Rá, the Irish language radio station for young people and competition partner. A special prize-giving event will be held at the BAI in early April.
Brenda Ní Ghairbhí, Seachtain na Gaeilge Manager, said: “The series of radio workshops gives students an insight into the step-by-step process of creating a radio show from start to finish, including planning and research, presenting and editing. Students will then be able to take advantage of their newly developed skills to enter Seachtain na Gaeilge’s national radio show competition.”
Michael O’Keeffe, the Chief Executive of the BAI said: “The BAI is very pleased to again partner with Seachtain na Gaeilge to bring this very popular competition to schools around the country. The initiative promotes use of the Irish language among future generations of potential broadcasters in a practical and meaningful way and we are glad that such a competition can be supported by the BAI Sponsorship Scheme. We wish all the entrants the best of luck and look forward to hearing the winning entries.”
Schools looking for more information or wishing to take part in the radio workshops and national radio competition can contact the Seachtain na Gaeilge office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01 4757401. Groups have until Friday, 28 March, to send their entries to email@example.com or Seachtain na Gaeilge, 6 Sráid Fhearchair, Baile Átha Cliath 2.
Seachtain na Gaeilge started at the beginning of this month and runs till 17th March and there are thousands of events planned in Ireland and around the world to celebrate the Irish language and culture.