CHILDREN from Lurga National School in Beagh on the Clare-Galway border will make their national television debut this Sunday evening. Interviews with four of the pupils will be broadcast on School Around the Corner on RTE One at 6.30pm.
The school was contacted early last year and informed that it had been selected to audition for the new series of School Around the Corner. All pupils from junior infants to third class were interviewed on March 21, 2013. According to staff, both children and crew enjoyed the experience.
The school was later informed that four pupils had been selected to represent Lurga on the programme. Doireann Veale, Oisín Glynn, Macauley Brennan and James Scanlon, all junior and senior-infant pupils at the time, travelled to Dublin just over a year ago, accompanied by their families and a bus of supporters from the school and all over Beagh parish, for filming.
The new series is presented by Ray D’Arcy, who interviewed Doireann, Oisín, Macauley and James.
“The four pupils told their stories, danced and sang. All the pupils did themselves proud during the auditions and there was great support in the audience for the four children. Everyone in the school community is looking forward to seeing them on television this Sunday. The pupils enjoyed the experience so much and are so excited that it will be broadcast this weekend”, said school principal, Sinead Lundon Scanlon.
Lurga celebrates 130 years in existence this year. It has 62 pupils, with three full-time teachers, a special needs assistant and a shared learning support teacher, resource teacher and secretary.