This week we are shining a light on some of Ireland's most inspiring teenagers in our 'Quaran-teen' series of reports. They tell us about their experiences and stories of navigating life through the pandemic.

Ruadhán Gormally, 16, from Co Galway, dreams of becoming a puppeteer on Sesame Street.

Ruadhán fell in love with the world of puppetry when he began watching The Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock as a child. He now builds and performs with his own puppets.

Ruadhán has been building puppets since he was 12 years old

Earlier this month, Ruadhán won first prize for one of his short films at a film festival hosted by the Western Massachusetts Puppetry Guild.

He said: "I'm still learning puppetry. Before I would only just build them. I wouldn't generally perform with them. But I have always wanted to work on Sesame Street, so I thought I have to do something with them.

"Mostly, I don't really work with a design in mind. Normally it takes a while for their personality to kick in. I find that bit a lot harder than the actual building is the personality. Some of them you just look at them and there is a personality right there. Some of them it’s a bit harder.

"Most of my friends think the puppets are very good because it’s something out of the ordinary."

Ruadhán uses his puppets to make short films

During lockdown, Ruadhán's work caught the eye of a Sesame Street puppeteer, after his uncle posted one of his videos to Twitter.

"Warwick Brownlow-Pike - he’s an English puppeteer. He performs the character Gonger on Sesame Street. He got in touch, just supporting and saying keep up the good work. Then a month or two later he sent me a load of signed photos in the post. That was absolutely amazing," said Ruadhán.

Ruadhán is entering Transition Year at Archbishop McHale College and during this year he will continue to hone his craft.

When it comes to puppetry Ruadhán says, "acting is very important".

"It is a form of acting and I think being able to hold your hand up for a long time," he added.

Hear from the teenagers who featured in our earlier series of 'Quaran-teen' reports