Three of five children from TV show traced after 50 years

Three of the five children who featured in an episode of The School Around the Corner broadcast almost 50 years ago have been traced.

It has fuelled hopes that a very special reunion could be on the cards.

Stephen Butt was tracked down in Cork on Tuesday after an appeal on RTÉ following the discovery of “lost” footage of the show.

A pupil of Blackpool NS in 1962, he was among five kids selected to talk to the show’s presenter, Paddy Crosbie, for the episode which was broadcast in December 1962.

And after an article about Stephen in the Irish Examiner on Wednesday, which called for information about the other four stars of the show, RTÉ archivists said they now have contact details for two more of the children — Maire Ni Dhugáin, who is understood to be living overseas, and Noel O’Driscoll.

But archivist Liam Wylie said the search is still on for the remaining children — Martin Nolan and Mary McQuaid.

“We would love to find out what happened to Mary and Martin Nolan,” he said.

They were all selected from various national schools in Cork City to appear on the show, which was recorded in Collins Barracks, Cork, in early December 1962, and broadcast on December 23, 1962.

The recently-discovered tape of the full programme is among the oldest archive TV footage RTÉ has, and is the only complete episode from the early days of that programme.

It is being enhanced and preserved in the hope that it may be screened again as part of RTÉ’s TV50 celebrations.

* Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mary and Martin, who would be in their 60s now, should contact eoin.english@examiner.ie or archives@rte.ie.

You can also get details from rte.ie/archives, or on Twitter via @rtearchives

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