Kerry ETB Course Graduate Wins Global Award

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Shane O Connor, Dan Kearney, Owen O Donnell

Award winner Dan Kearney (centre) with Acting Manager Radio Kerry Training Shane O’Connor (left) and Owen O’Donnell, Kerry ETB Area Training Manager

A GRADUATE of the Kerry ETB Radio Broadcasting Course run by Radio Kerry Training, has won a prestigious Global Award.

Castleisland native, Dan Kearney, has been awarded a City & Guilds Medal for his portfolio, which includes his documentary ‘Once Were Champions’ about Castleisland Desmonds’ winning the 1985 All-Ireland Senior Football Club Championship. And you can listen to his work this St Patrick’s Day morning at 10am on Radio Kerry.

Owen O’Donnell, Kerry ETB Area Training Manager, Shane O’Connor, Acting Manager Radio Kerry Training and Dan Kearney joined Jerry O’Sullivan on Kerry Today this week to speak about Dan’s Award.

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Dan says the skills he learned on Radio Kerry’s broadcasting course were invaluable. Speaking about the documentary he said that it was a “labour of love” and that his passion for the subject matter made it relatively easy to gather the content.

However, but for being on the course he would not have had the skills, guidance, advice or the opportunity to make the documentary. His portfolio also includes the “Kerry Is” Radio Kerry Training class project that won a Bronze Medal at the October 2015 PPI National Radio Awards.

Speaking about Dan’s achievement Shane O’Connor, acting manager of Radio Kerry Training, said that the win is amazing news for Dan and for Radio Kerry Training. He said that less than 100 medals were awarded from a pool of two million City & Guilds students worldwide.

“There are 12,000 learners in Ireland and Dan is one of the few people who have a medal,” he added, “so it says lot for Dan and it says a lot for the course and the facilities provided.”

Owen O’Donnell, said that Kerry ETB is delighted with this achievement and very proud of Dan. Speaking to Jerry O Sullivan Mr O Donnell said that the Radio Kerry Training Media Techniques programme is one of the flagship courses for Kerry ETB.

“It’s kind of spectacular the amount of achievement and awards this course gains” he added , “there were only 9 medals of excellence awarded in Ireland this year from City and Guilds so that puts it into context”.

Dan’s documentary ‘Once Were Champions’ will be broadcast at 10am on Radio Kerry on St Patrick’s Day.

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