Donegal School children are the stars of new TV programme

Programmes focus on protecting our natural environment

Michael Daly

Reporter:

Michael Daly

Donegal School children are the stars of new TV programme

Pictured from a still of the ‘Bat episode’ which will air on 2nd November and which was filmed in Glenveagh National Park.

 Children from Donegal will star in a new educational environmental programme which will air on TV screens across Ireland.

‘Na Dulradóirí’ ‘which is the brain child of Donegal born Grainne McGuinness Managing Director of Paper Owl Films, will be shown on TG4 and will see local school children from Loretto Community School, Milford, Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny, Scoil Mhuire Doire Beaga , St Columbus, St Eunan’s College and Pobal Scoil Gaoth Dobhar, Donegal get to grips with some of our prime environmental locations supplying scientists from around the world with research on our unique wildlife. 

The 12 part series will examine our impact on some of our various species including red squirrels, seals, red deer and badgers, to name a few. 

The creative team at Paper Owl produced the programme with the aim to not only educate young people and their families about the detrimental impact our actions can have at both a local and global level but to empower young people to make a difference – by observing, recording and making local spaces safer for our unique wildlife.  

Grainne McGuinness, Managing Director of Paper Owl Films said: “We’ve been working on this project now for over a year and we’re so excited to see it finally come to life this week on our screens. We’re thrilled to see this go on air on the Cúla4 young people’s zone on TG4  this Autumn, thanks to the support of Northern Ireland Screen’s Irish Language Broadcast Fund.

“Paper Owl is genuinely passionate about and we want to get the message across at a young age that what you do even in your own backyard can have global repercussions.  I believe Ireland boasts some of the most beautiful natural environments and we hope Na Dulradóirí showcases that.  We hope the series will instill a sense of pride in the beauty of our natural landscape and wildlife to our younger generation.”

Children are encouraged to upload their findings on ‘Citizen Science’ websites where scientists from around the world can access the data.

Grainne continued “Young people today are extremely au fait with technology from a very young age.  We wanted to capitalise on their love of technology and gadgets by combining it with a love and interest of the outdoors.  It’s quite an empowering message we want to convey – today’s technology enables children to help on a much bigger scale as results can be shared across the globe in a matter of minutes.  They really can make a difference on a bigger level.” 

Colm Mac Giolla Easbuic from Donegal will present the programme alongside Fionnuala Nic Corraidh from Belfast.

The first episode aired yesterday, September 21st on TG4 at 5.25pm and runs until 7th December. For more information visit www.paperowlfilms.com. The series was funded by TG4 & ILBF.

*Pictured from a still of the ‘Bat episode’ which will air on 2nd November and which was filmed in Glenveagh National Park in Donegal is (L-R) Taylor Sterritt, Loretto Community School, Milford, Meghan Kernohan, Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny, Jude Patton, St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny and Danny Diver Pobal Scoil Gaoth Dobhar, Donegal.