Wednesday 22 February 2017

Mallow students shine in 'Live Life' film competition

Published 20/02/2014 | 05:26

Cousins Shauna and Erica O'Connell from Davis College, Mallow, at the Live Life Love Day at the IT Tralee.
Cousins Shauna and Erica O'Connell from Davis College, Mallow, at the Live Life Love Day at the IT Tralee.

PUPILS from Davis College in Mallow came third in the national 'Live Life, Love Day' Film Competition, held in IT Tralee.

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Ireland and Munster rugby star Conor Murray took some time out of his busy six nations training schedule to visit IT Tralee, where he presented prizes in the inaugural Donal Walsh film competition.

The contest, which attracted more than 80 entries from schools and youth organisations across the country, asked school and college students to create short films illustrating what Donal Walsh's inspirational message had meant to them.

Cancer victim Donal was the Kerry teenager who touched so many lives when he came to prominence through his writings and subsequent appearance on Brendan O'Connor's 'The Saturday Night Show' before his death last year.

Donal, who fund raised tirelessly while battling cancer, has now had the Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation set up by his family primarily in order to promote his anti-suicide #Livelife message.

The film competition was run by IT Tralee's Creative Media Department and on Friday they welcomed a crowd of almost 400 students to the awards ceremony.

Munster scrum half Murray was on hand to pass out the awards with help from RTE Children's TV presenter Diana Bunici and 2fm's Aidan Power, who was MC for the day.

Mary Lucey of the ITT Creative Media Department said its hoped to make the competition an annual event.

"We were delighted with it. This year we had 80 entries from all over Ireland and Northern Ireland. It was a great success and classes really took to it.

"We're planning on make it an annual thing and we've already had schools on to us asking about next year," she said.

Open to primary schools, secondary schools and third level, the competition was for two minute films that helped spread the 'Live Life' message.


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