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RTÉ invites children & young people to nominate inspirational women for special animated series
17 Sep 2019 : News Desk
RTÉ has partnered with Herstory, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, to bring the stories of some of Ireland’s forgotten heroines to life.

Beginning in 2020 RTÉ, will celebrate some of Ireland’s great female trailblazers, many of whom have been overlooked by history or whose stories are only now emerging through projects like Herstory.

The season will centre around a new documentary series on RTÉ One Television, produced by Underground Films. The series will tell the stories of six Irish women who blazed pioneering trails in the arts, science, aviation and more. The stories will focus on ground-breaking computer programmer Kay McNulty from Donegal, pioneering Cork surgeon Dr. James Barry, Wicklow woman, choreographer and founder of the Royal Ballet Ninette de Valois, Corkonian activist and “the most dangerous woman in America” Mother Jones, record-breaking aviatrix Lady Mary Heath from Limerick, and Dubliner Oonah Keogh, the world’s first female stockbroker.

As part of the forthcoming Herstory 20/20 Project, RTÉjr has announced that it will commission brand-new Irish animations about six more great Irish women. In a new initiative Who’s Your Heroine?, RTÉjr now invites children and young people from ages 7 – 17 to nominate the women who inspire them and whom they think should be the subjects of these six RTÉ animations.

There is no limit to the women who can be nominated: it can be a pioneering woman from history, a mythological legend, or a woman at the heart of your family or local community who has an awe-inspiring story.

To nominate your heroine, just go to the Herstory section on RTÉ Culture – www.rte.ie/culture - and fill out the nomination form. Just tell us in 500 words or less, the heroine you would like to see immortalised in a new animation, who she is and what she did or does, why you’ve nominated her and how she inspires you.

The closing date for nominations is Friday 27th September 2019.

From all these suggestions, a panel of readers will select six stories to become the subject of six original animations specially commissioned for RTÉjr. The shorts will be launched on RTÉjr and RTÉ2 in February 2020 and will be broadcast on RTÉjr and RTÉ2 to complement the Herstory 20/20 project between February and March 2020.

To inspire your search, every week between now and February 2020, RTÉ will upload stories and podcasts about remarkable Irish women on the Herstory section of RTÉ Culture: www.rte.ie/culture.

And for teachers, you’ll find lesson plans for primary and secondary school students on rte.ie/culture. These take the form of a Herstory Treasure Hunt, with workshop exercises that help children and young people to uncover lost heroines and awaken their own inner heroines or heroes. Plus, there’s a special exercise around the heroines of the Northern Irish Peace Process who will be honoured at the forthcoming 2020 Herstory Light Festival. Teachers can log on to rte.ie/culture to download the lesson plans.

Group Head of Children’s and Young Peoples’ Content Suzanne Kelly said: 

“The RTÉ Children’s and Young People’s Department is delighted to partner with Herstory to celebrate pioneering Irish women. We know that collaborating with the immensely talented and creative Irish animation sector and the children and young people of Ireland around these stories will deliver a thoroughly engaging and entertaining new Irish animation series.”

Melanie Lynch, founder of Herstory said: 

“I have always believed that the young people of Ireland and Northern Ireland will steal the show in the Herstory 20/20 Project. The RTÉjr animation project and the Treasure Hunt schools workshops are magical opportunities to celebrate your heroine and ensure herstory is never forgotten. To quote the wonderful Inez McCormack; “At the heart of everything, I desire to see the glint in a woman’s eye who thought she was nobody when she realised she was somebody.

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