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Five transition year students standing in front of a doorway.

Bright Young Things: Transition Year 2020 at ITMA

During February, ITMA had the pleasure of welcoming its first Transition Year (TY) students for 2020 through its doors. TY is a one-year programme for second-level students in Ireland which includes an opportunity to experience working life, and help with subject choices for the Leaving Certificate cycle.

“The highlight of the week for me was being able to have the opportunity to access old recordings and CDs that I never had the chance to listen to before.”

Naoise Ní Ghríofa
L-R: Aoileann O’Connor, Niamh McGrattan, Róisín Ní Chasaide and Naoise Ní Ghríofa in the ITMA studio

“The work experience in ITMA was very enjoyable and I learned a lot in the space of a week.”

Róisín Ní Chasaide
L-R: Niamh McGrattan, Naoise Ní Ghríofa, Aoileann O’Connor,and Róisín Ní Chasaide, in the Special Collections Room

“Bhain mé an taithneamh as mo chuid ama anseo ... ag fhoghlaim go leor túin nua agus ag déanamh taifeadadh leis na gcailíní eile a raibh ag déanamh taithí oibre liom chomh maith.”

Aoileann Ní Chonchubhair

“Although I enjoyed doing all the various jobs in the archive, I think my favourite would have to be when we went down to the recording studio and Brian [Doyle] showed us how all the equipment works.”

Niamh Mc Grattan
© Liam O'Flynn The return of the pedalboard

Return of the pedalboard, jig ; Piper's stone, jig / Liam O'Flynn, comp.; performed by ITMA TY 2020