Schools launch ‘Banta Central’

Nicole Raftery, Christopher Igwilo, Edmund Omagbemi, and Kayleigh McDonagh at the launch last week. Photo: Shelley Corcoran
The atmosphere in the Engage Gallery was electric on Thursday, May 14, as local students gathered with their families and friends for the launch of Banta Central TV.

The atmosphere in the Engage Gallery was electric on Thursday, May 14, as local students gathered with their families and friends for the launch of Banta Central TV.

Students from four Longford Westmeath Education and Training Board schools spent the last number of months completing their television shows, lead by Longford School Completion Officer Shane Crossan, along with the members of local group Out-take media.

The result is two hours of footage, jam-packed with topical interviews, guest performances and hilarious sketches.

Students of Ardscoil Phádraig, Granard; Templemichael College, Longford; Lanesboro Community College and Ballymahon Vocational School took part, with Shane Crossan remarking that each school’s content was unique to their locality.

“What I think is great is that the media created by the young people in Granard is so Granard,” he laughed, pointing out that the same went for the other three schools.

There were cheers, laughs and shouts as the audience were treated to short clips from the four shows and the general feeling was that every student enjoyed being part of the show, whether in front of or behind the camera.

Before some of the talented students who were featured in Banta Central took to the stage for some unforgettable performances, Chief Executive of LWETB, Dr Christy Duffy,said, “The most important thing is that all of you involved in it really enjoyed it.”

Telling the students that they should be extremely proud of their work, Dr Duffy went on to conclude, “I think this programme really is a model of how to work with each other and learn from each other.”