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In Pictures: Laois secondary school launch their own radio station

The sports department of Portlaoise College's new TY Radio

This is a very exciting initiative.

Portlaoise College’s Transition Year students have launched their own radio station.

Under the name of CPLR (Coláiste Portlaoise Local Radio), it plays during different days and times of the week.

The aim of the station, which piloted for the first time on Friday March 8, is to keep the student population informed with news, music and updates from the school.

The station was launched during this year’s Positive Mental Health Week, it played a different song every day, all with a positive message and the presenters also played a huge role in the school’s Seachtaine na Gaeilge week.

The students got some help and training from presenter Eric Moore from RTE who also operates ‘School of Jock’ which assist schools all over the country in setting up their own radio stations.

Assisted also by music teacher Mr. James Harvey the students have been really busy and putting their presenting skills to the test.

Mr Harvey said: “This is a great opportunity to raise the student voice in the school, building confidence and public speaking skills and who knows this might be the start of a career in the broadcasting industry.”

The students themselves have really enjoyed the experience so far and are keen to maximise the potential of this great medium.

Fair play to all!

Jade Brennan and Cliona Quirke
Kevin Dillon and Tiarnan Marum
The sports department of Portlaoise College’s new TY Radio

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