John Connors Interviewed By Students At Kerry College Of Further Education

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John Connors with lecturer Michaela Brosnan, Principal Of KCFE Mary Lucey and lecturer Toireasa Ferris at the college on Monday. Photo by Dermot Crean

FRESH from winning an award at this year’s Irish Film Television Awards on Thursday, John Connors was in Tralee yesterday to help students with their course projects.

The Dubliner won Best Actor in a leading role category for his role in Cardboard Gangsters at the awards and in his acceptance speech told about how seven years ago he was contemplating suicide but acting and creativity saved his life. A member of the Travelling community, John also blasted the Government for their inaction on mental health issues in the widely acclaimed speech (see below).

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On Monday he was at Kerry College of Further Education in Clash where students from Social Studies and Criminology/Law courses asked him questions as part of their course work.

John Connors with KCFE students. Photo by Dermot Crean

The Social Studies students are doing a research project on discrimination against the Travelling community and people from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.

The Criminology/Law students were asking him questions on how the justice system treats members of ethnic minorities as they are doing a case study looking at the Travelling community in Ireland and African-Americans in the US.

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