‘D:reams’ come true for local students as Off The Walls show to air this weekend

A group of students from the Nerve Centre have shown that D:reams can come true, when they landed a local musical legend for their project. 

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 12:38 pm

The Event Management students have put together a live stream TV show which set to be broadcast this Saturday, and headlined by Derry’s Peter Cunnah of D:ream. 

This group of students come from as far as Malin Head and Castlederg, and due to Covid restrictions have been working remotely since the start of their course.

However, they have been able to pool their talents and create the first ‘Off the Walls’ TV show. 

The group features four students from Inishowen, Paul Kavanagh from Fahan, Donna Nelson and Marie Claire Hassett from Buncrana, and Ronan Doherty from Malin Head. 

Speaking about the project, and Peter Cunnah’s involvement, student Paul Kavanagh said: “We have been doing the course remotely. It was quite difficult in that respect, because you can’t just walk down a hallway and into an office to speak to somebody. But we found our way. 

“Our project was to create any event at all, it didn’t have to be a music event, but when we got our chance with Peter Cunnah to perform, it became a music event. 

“Peter is actually my neighbour, he’s here about 18 months now, he’s a good member of the community, he’s really helpful and approachable. I met him out for a walk and asked him would he take part. He’s a proper down to earth bloke, and he decided he would go for it. 

“It worked out beautifully as his new record is coming out this Friday, April 16. So we have an exclusive on that! In many ways, he hasn’t been doing a lot of television in the past while with covid, so he was very happy to get out of the house!”

D:Ream’s new single ‘Meet Me At Midnight’ will be released on Friday, and will then receive its ‘first play’ this Saturday in the show.

‘Off The Walls’ will also feature a performance from local band Cherym, who have recently signed to Alcopop records, as well as trad performances from local students.

Paul added: “We also have a singer songwriter from Derry, Philip Steele. He’s up and coming and is our tip for the top.

“The whole event will be streamed to the public. It’s just over half an hour long, just the same length as a news programme. We found that people aren’t sitting down to watch long shows anymore, so it’s done that it’s easy to digest. 

“We have an interview as well with Peter, who will speak to our host Paul Connolly. 

“It’s great, it is a load of firsts. It is the first TV show from the Nerve Centre, first student made show, the first performance of the new D:ream single.”

The show kicks off this Saturday, April 17 at 9pm, exclusively on the Nerve Centre Facebook page www.facebook.com/nervecentre.org/