Retro telly favourite “How Do You Do?” is back on RTÉ Player! Channel your creativity with #CarlMullan and #StephenByrne as they make these very cute windmills with #MaryFitzGerald Watch #HowDoYouDo? at: http://www.rte.ie/player
Bored in the house and you’re in the house bored? Well, get ready to be inspired because it’s Arts and Crafts Week on RTÉ Player, and with that comes a brand new series of videos from ‘Craft Queen’ Mary Fitzgerald.
Many will remember Mary from How do you do?, a children’s series that had kids across Ireland making everything from space ships to dolls’ houses using empty toilet rolls and egg cartons.
To celebrate the show landing on RTÉ Player, Mary will be challenging some grown-ups to compete in ‘Get Crafty’ challenges. Today, Carl Mullan will be up against his rival, sporting legend, Donncha O’Callaghan as the two attempt to make kites over Zoom.
Want to play along at home? Here’s what you’ll need:
- A black sack
- Some plastic shopping bags
- 2 sticks of equal length (garden sticks or bamboo sticks – approximately 2 feet long)
Here’s what to do:
- Begin by cutting the end off the closed side of the bin bag.
- Open up the bag and fold it in half (lengthways).
- Fold one corner across so that it meets the other side of the bag and cut off the triangle that this fold creates.
- Cut another triangle, this time from the bottom and working your way up to where you first started cutting the first triangle.
- Open the bag up and you should be left with the rough shape of your kite. There’ll be 2 separate pieces that are exactly the same. You can take away one of them and use it to make a second kite later.
- Glue or sellotape your sticks to the back of the kite, leaving a wing at either side.
- Sellotape a piece of string to the back of each wing and tie them in the middle.
- Decorate the front as you please (use lightweight items like shopping bags or paper).
- Sellotape another piece of string approximately 2 feet long to the bottom of the kite to create your tail. Decorate with light plastic bows made from offcuts of your plastic bags.
- To attach the string to fly your kite, tie the loose end of a long ball of string/twine to the string attached to your wings.
Mary FitzGerald’s iconic art and craft TV programmes, “How do you do?” originally broadcast to children in the 80’s and 90’s are to return to the RTE Player on Monday 25th May 2020 to entertain both parents and children in these unprecedented times”.
As parents and their children are now at home daily, Mary will introduce a new generation of children to the joys of art and craft to keep them busy and entertained in these coronavirus times. See www.rte.ie for further details. http://rte.ie/player
A DVD of 12 of the best “How do you do?” art and craft programmes is also available to purchase in the shop for €10.
Irish Humanities Alliance (IHA) Strategic Plan for the Humanities 2020-2030
The Irish Humanities Alliance (IHA), launched their Strategic Plan 2020-2030, “By Imagination We Live,” a significant, all-island vision for the humanities, on Wednesday, 6th November 2019 in the Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin.
Dame Marina Warner, a renowned English Novelist, Short Story Writer, Historian, Mythographer and Professor of English and Creative Writing, Birkbeck, University of London, did the official launch.
The document is the outcome of extensive and in-depth consultation with IHA member institutions, the 10 universities in Ireland and Northern Ireland and the Royal Irish Academy.
Launching this visionary Plan, Dame Marina Warner said; “I am delighted to have been asked to launch the IHA Strategic Plan for the humanities “By Imagination We Live”. As someone who values the contribution of the humanities to cultural life, universities and society at large, I congratulate all those involved in putting together this clear, all-Ireland vision for the humanities. We all need to use our imagination, especially now in this technological age. The IHA Strategic Plan places great value on the contribution that humanities disciplines can make in addressing
the most pressing social, political, cultural, technological, and environmental issues of the 21st century”
Dr. Mel Farrell, Director, IHA, said “Since its creation in 2013, the IHA has worked to promote the value of humanities research and scholarship in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Humanities disciplines ranging from geography, literature, modern languages and history in understanding the human experience through history, culture and
language. By imagination we live demonstrates and articulates the value and diversity of the established and emerging humanities disciplines, and the critical role they play in understanding the human experience through history, culture and language”.
With the development of this new, IHA Strategic Plan 2020-2030, there is now a clear path forward for all Higher Education Institutions in Ireland and Northern Ireland to put the humanities centre stage in the education of its people. See full details of “By Imagination We Live” on www.irishhumanities.com
Further information contact:
PR Consultant-Irish Humanities Alliance
Mary FitzGerald Public Relations
T: 01-6787916. M: 086-2520181
Dr. Mel Farrell
Irish Humanities Alliance