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Presented here is a clip from the original 1962 programme featuring a five-year-old Noel O'Driscoll singing 'Katy Daly'.

The 'School Around the Corner' campaign involved a number of components.

  • In 2012 RTÉ Archives discovered an episode of ‘School Around the Corner’ which had been recorded in Cork fifty years earlier.
  • The 35mm telerecording was re-graded by RTÉ Archives staff and a widescreen version of the programme was created for broadcast.
  • RTÉ Archives, led by Liam Wylie, put together a cross-platform campaign to track down the original participants in the programme. Reaching across RTÉ Television, RTÉ Radio (The John Murray Show), RTÉ News, Nationwide, RTÉ Digital and through Social media, the quest began to identify the original participants in the show so RTÉ could interview them 50 years later.
  • The John Murray Show on RTÉ Radio 1 began the search for the five children who had appeared on the programme and would now be aged between 55 and 62. RTÉ News also featured a piece on the Six One News.
  • These items were picked up by the national and local newspapers.
  • Screen grabs of the children were published on the websites of the John Murray Show and RTÉ Archives and through Twitter via @RTEArchives asking the public for help in identifying and contacting the children.
  • The search turned up 3 of the 5 children.
  • ‘Nationwide’ on RTÉ Television produced a report where the adults and their families reacted to seeing themselves again as children after 50 years. They also talked about their memories of appearing on the ‘The School Around the Corner’ and where they were when the programme was broadcast.
  • ‘The School Around the Corner’ which was first broadcast on the 23 December 1962 was shown for only the second time on the 23 of December 2012, fifty years to the day following its first broadcast.
  • The programme was then made available worldwide on the RTEPlayer for 21 days.


'School Around the Corner' began on radio in 1954, 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.