Back on TV After 50 Years

Stephen Butt in 1962 and today.
Stephen Butt in 1962 and today.

Following an appeal on The John Murray Show on RTÉ Radio 1 yesterday we have tracked down Stephen Butt, who appeared in an episode of 'School Around the Corner' back in 1962.

It was previously believed that the programme, which was filmed at Collins Barracks, Cork and was broadcast on 23 December 1962, had not been recorded. The tape, described by John Murray as "pure gold from the RTÉ Archives", is one of the only surviving episodes of 'School Around the Corner' from this era.

Following on from his chat with John Murray, Stephen was back on our television screens yesterday where he appeared on the Six One News.

Stephen, now 62, is married and still lives in Cork. Stephen attended Blackpool National School and has vivid memories of that day in Collins Barracks when he met Paddy Crosbie. At the time, his family had no television and Stephen remembers watching the programme through the window of a television shop. Stephen was 11 years of age when the programme was filmed.

The search for the remaining stars of the show goes on and is covered in many of the newspapers today including the Irish Examiner, The Independent and the The Irish Daily Star.

We are still trying to track down Noel O'Driscoll, Mary McQuaid, Máire Ní Ghugáin, Martin Nolan who also appeared on the show 50 years ago.

Contact us at archives@rte.ie or on Twitter @RTEArchives


About 'School Around the Corner'
'School Around the Corner' began on radio in 1954 and was transferred to television on the 2 January 1962 and soon became one of the most popular programmes on the new television service. In addition to presenting the show, Paddy Crosbie was the originator and writer of 'School Around the Corner'.

It was the first Telefís Éireann programme to be pre-recorded in 1961; the first episode was broadcast on 2 January 1962. The format of the programme saw Paddy Crosbie chat to school children often with hilarious results.

The programme continued until 1966 on RTÉ Television before returning to RTÉ Radio for another year. It was again revived on radio in 1973. Between 1990-1994 'The School Around the Corner' returned to television and was presented by Gerry Ryan.

Links:
The John Murray Show
http://www.rte.ie/radio1/thejohnmurrayshow/#Podcasts
Six One News
http://www.rte.ie/news/av/2012/1120/media-1172502.html

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