news2day is RTÉ’s news service designed specifically for children, featuring Irish and international news of interest to a young audience.
This September, first time television presenter Cillian Sherlock from Claremorris, Co. Mayo is the newest addition to the news2day team. Following a call out to media and journalism graduates across the country, and a comprehensive audition process, Cillian was chosen to join the team and began broadcasting live this week on RTÉ2 and RTÉ News Now.
Cillian studied journalism and new media at University of Limerick, minoring in law. During his time in university, he was involved with radio station ULFM and was Production Manager of the Limerick Voice student newspaper distributed by the Limerick Leader. He was nominated by The Irish Examiner for a video report on Syrian refugees in Ballaghadereen and winner of an award for a radio report by Limerick Live 95fm. He also spent six months in Spain teaching English to children where he discovered his interest in working with young people. After finishing his degree, Cillian won an internship through Google News Lab Fellowship, working with Independent.ie, before going on to positions with digital desks at The Irish Examiner and Breakingnews.ie.
Cillian was born in Co. Sligo, where parts of his family still live in Gurteen, and he grew up in Claremorris, Co. Mayo. He loves to travel, carrying his camera everywhere he goes, and has a huge interest in film and television.
He joins current news2day presenter Zainab Boladale, from Ennis, Co.Clare. Zainab studied journalism in Dublin City University (DCU), and previously worked as a digital news reporter. Zainab was born in Lagos, Nigeria but has lived in Ennis Co.Clare since she was four years old and and spent three years of secondary school in Gaelcholaiste an Chláir, Ennis where she became a Gaeilgeoir.
news2day is broadcast Monday-Friday at 4.20pm on RTÉ2 and RTÉ News Now. In addition to young viewers tuning in at home, it is also watched online in many classrooms throughout the country and used as a teaching tool. Watch Cillian and Zainab on news2day here: www.rte.ie/news2day and follow them on twitter at @news2dayRTE