'A lesson in compassion': Viewers blown away by Cork Life Centre documentary

'A lesson in compassion': Viewers blown away by Cork Life Centre documentary
Don O'Leary at the Cork Life Centre, Winters Hill, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan.

The two-part show, The Unteachables, brings viewers inside the Cork Life Centre, which offers young people who have fallen through the cracks of mainstream education an alternative setting in which to learn.

Ran predominantly by volunteers, the Cork Life Centre caters for teenagers who are marginalised or at risk. 

Speaking to The Echo ahead of the first episode, Director of the centre, Don O’Leary, said a key point of the show is the bond between staff and students.

"I think that is something that comes across well and you can’t fake that, especially over a year," he said.

After last night's episode finished, many people took to Twitter to say how much they loved the documentary.

Current and former volunteers of the Cork Life Centre also posted on social media, saying how proud they are of the students.

The Unteachables follows the progress of seven or eight students, as they make their way through an academic year under the guidance of Don and the rest of the staff.

It was recorded between September 2018 and the summer of 2019.

You can tune in to the next episode on Monday, April 20 at 9pm on Virgin Media One or catch up on the Player.

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