Donal's message the focus of short film competition

IRELAND and Munster Rugby Star Conor Murray took some time out of his busy six nations training schedule to visit IT Tralee last week where he presented prizes in the inaugural Donal Walsh 'Lights, Camera, Livelife' 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.

The competition was run by IT Tralee's Creative Media Department and on Friday they welcomed a crowd of almost 400 students from across Kerry to an awards ceremony on the college's North Campus.

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.

The schools awards went to Spa National School who took home the Primary School Category prize while Kenmare's Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine won the second level section. Kerry ETB student Emer O'Grady won the third level prize.

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.