AS A CLASS, we are a small, quiet group but when you get to know us we are a group of talented, diverse individuals with a passion for writing. From being a group off 11 students to now only 9, at the start of the year we were informed that we needed to pull off a successful launch for our publication, when we didn’t even know if we were going to do a newspaper or a website.
The brainstorming of the name was the most difficult part of the process. We were all slagging one another on what we all thought was going to be a good quality name. At the start we were going to go with “A bag of news”.. Yes that’s how awful our choices were. It is all a blur now but somehow we came up with “The Millennial” and each one of us fell in love with the name; it just stuck.
As the months were flying by us, the pressure began to hit when we had to brainstorm potential guest speakers, a lot of people who we emailed we never heard back from them and we were even let down by some people. However; Laura took the chance and guessed the national treasure Bryan Dobson’s email. I mean you could not have gotten luckier than that. He agreed to join us on our special day. Next up was the editor of Confetti magazine, the amazing Laura Cunningham, a past student of BCFE who was more than happy to accept our invitation. Gary Cunningham, the author of the best-selling book “Joys of Joy- Finding myself in an Irish Prison”, was even more excited than myself to take part in our launch. From the heartbreaks of being let down and ignored by people, little by little our showcase was coming together and we were certainly blessed with our three guest speakers who volunteered to take part.
The date was set in stone, November 28th and the panic was rising. We worked like lunatics up until the publish date, constantly fighting for content, subbing and editing each other's work to even sending Niamh out to Heuston Station in the middle of a storm to get a news piece written up.
Then came the big day - November 28th. We all showed up glammed up in the hall of our college - some of us didn’t sleep with nerves. The food arrived and filled up the empty looking tables with everything from wraps, scones, fruit pots and celebrations - you name it we had it! Our decorations finally were blown up (thanks to Eoin for his stylish eye and picking the most amazing balloons) and set around the hall and my god did it look good. Then it was time to greet our guests. Bryan Dobson was busy waving to people in the car park who was beeping at him in order to catch his attention, Gary arrived relaxed as anything and Laura didn't fail to impress when she arrived at her old college.
We had Shaun on the lights (keeping in mind he has absolutely no experience in that department), Ciaran on camera recording the launch, Laura, Niamh and myself preparing for our live interviews while Andy and Phil took to the stage as an iconic duo warming the audience up.
After introducing the audience to our hard work, Luke Clerkin filled the hall up with two breathtaking original tracks, three amazing interviews took place and an overall entertaining launch was had. Now for the thank you’s.. To all of the students who joined us for our special day we want to thank you all, the support you provided us with was outstanding, from taking part in our surveys to find out our target audience to coming along and helping us finish the food. To the Glanmore cater company who provided us with a shocking amount of food you filled everyone’s tummy's up. To Jan, Orla and Aisling for the endless amount of love and support and criticism (even if it was harsh at times lol). To Luke Clerkin, you sound like an angel. To our three wonderful guest speakers Bryan, Gary and Laura you completed our day. And most of all thank you to all our new readers we thank you for the shares and we would love for you all to keep following our journey of this publication. Lots of love, The Millennial Team x