herald

Monday 18 December 2017

'I was running out of time so I wed BOD', jokes Amy

Actress and author Amy Huberman has admitted she married her rugby legend husband Brian O'Driscoll because "I felt I was running out of time".

In a tongue-in-cheek interview with Moone Boy actor David Rawle she also reveals that she chose "brawn over education" when it came to her choice of husband.

Under rapid-fire questioning from David, Taoiseach Enda Kenny revealed that his best subject in school was Irish and his worst religion.

Clongowes Wood-educated Irish rugby star Rob Kearney found it hard to distinguish between history and geography when interviewed by the schoolboy actor.

A YouTube video of the comic interviews forms part of a new Focus Ireland strategy to draw attention to the link between lack of education and homelessness.

Mark Byrne, acting CEO says the aim of the video is to "raise awareness in an engaging and gentle way about the work of Focus Ireland in helping to prevent young people from becoming homeless".

Latest census data show that 25pc of adults who are homeless finished their education at primary level and 50pc did not complete secondary education, while 8pc had no formal education at all.

The new "Education Matters" programme is aimed at keeping vulnerable young people in school longer and is being funded with help from a €100,000 grant from Aviva Ireland.

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"It will target young people deemed to be at high risk of falling out of the education system due to their experience of homelessness or housing insecurity.

"The programme will impact on many issues in their lives, including poverty, family issues, addiction, mental health concerns, long term unemployment or a combination of these factors," said Mr Byrne.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, in endorsing the programme, added: "Everybody has a contribution to make and they can find what that contribution is by staying in school."

Alison Burns, CEO of Aviva Ireland said they have been working with Focus Ireland for four and a half years.

"We are delighted to be in a position to invest in this specific area of their work."

The video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/LAZsmJrYpBY.

csheehy@herald.ie

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