How To Be Irish: Get Involved

rteThis sounds interesting. RTÉ is airing its first user-generated documentary on being Irish on St Patrick’s Day. The programme will be made entirely of clips sent in by viewers talking about, or otherwise illustrating, what being Irish means to them.

Here’s the blurb:

On Friday 17th February RTÉ Television launched its call for people everywhere, in Ireland and worldwide, to tell us #HowToBeIrish and possibly feature in this unique television programme. The call-out is also being led by RTÉ 2fm’s Rick O’Shea on his Rick in the Afternoon programme.

Anyone who wants to take part – wherever and whoever they are – should think about the feelings, images, thoughts, songs, jokes or special moments which they feel best sum up being Irish and use their cameras, camcorders, webcams or mobile phones to capture their version of #HowToBeIrish.

RTÉ will select the funniest, most touching, awe-inspiring and strange responses for the television programme, #HowToBeIrish, which will be broadcast on RTÉ One and on RTÉ.ie on St Patrick’s Day 2012. And we’ll share the best of the rest with our RTÉ.ie visitors.

There are many ways of being Irish and the conversation is open to anyone anywhere who would like to send us their thoughts on being Irish. Whatever #HowToBeIrish means to you, we want you to show us on camera.

Details of how to submit:

    1] Record up to 3 minutes of material, maybe even 5, showing us How To Be Irish.

    2] If you film in public, make sure you have permission to film anyone you interview or feature. If you film in private, make sure you have permission from everyone.

    3] It is not necessary to edit your material, although you can do so if you wish.

    4] Don’t use any music unless you’ve got permission from the rights-holders.

    5] Email a file of your footage, preferably a Quicktime, or send us a link of it on YouTube to HowToBeIrish@rte.ie by 6pm on March 5th (you can even post us in your tapes if you like).

    6]Any questions? Email HowToBeIrish@rte.ie now.

#HowToBeIrish will be hosted by Twitterato extraordinaire Rick O’Shea of RTÉ 2fm, helped by model and Facebook maven Faye Dinsmore and RTÉ Television presenter and You Tube star Stephen Byrne.

For more information on how to send us your material go to www.rte.ie/howtobeirish. If you still have any questions, e-mail us at howtobeirish@rte.ie.

Closing date for submission of material is 6pm on Monday 5th March.