2016 – A four part series for RTÉ One
Ireland is in the middle of a revolution, a digital revolution that is transforming every aspect of our daily lives. Technology has connected people in ways we couldn’t have imagine even 30 years ago. It has changed the way we learn, the way we shop, the way we work and even just the way we talk to our friends and family.
MAKING IRELAND CLICK is a campaigning four-part series, guided by Ireland’s Digital Champion, David Puttnam, as we explore the need for every citizen to be digitally literate. David’s aim is to encourage all citizens to do more with and embrace on-line technology in the way we live our lives at home, at work and in the way we educate the current and future generations.
David believes society is now moving so fast with regards to technology, that if we don’t get on that train and get involved, we’re going to be left behind. The National Broadband Plan is in motion, trying to get everybody on-line and now selected towns all over Ireland are being piped with incredibly fast broadband. But what’s the point if people aren’t using it? Or don’t even know what to do with it?
This landmark series for RTÉ One will examine how this Island on the edge of Europe is answering these questions. While spending time with David Puttnam, Micheál O’Muircheartaigh – whose new best friend is his laptop, with teachers, elderly groups, students, families and small businesses, we get to closely examine the challenges and success stories that are driving this discussion.
Each of the four episodes handles a major theme; from the efforts being made to bring the huge non-liner community into the digital world, to the use of new technology in our education system, and from the changes it brings to daily family life to the impact of the introduction of high speed broadband to David Puttnam’s home town of Skibbereen and how it has become a blueprint for rural regeneration that can be shared with other towns around Ireland and abroad.
A Wildfire Films production for RTÉ One, made with the BAI Sound & Vision Fund.
Camera – Eleanor Bowman
Sound – Colm O’Meara
Associate Producer – Oda O’Carroll
Executive Producer – Martha O’Neill
Series Producer – Adrian McCarthy
Writer / Editor – Brenda Morrissey
Directors – Adrian McCarthy and Anna Rodgers