Kenmare students star in video awards

Mary Murphy

STUDENTS from Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine, Kenmare showed more than a little originality in their interpretation of the idea of 'decent work' when they shot a video that picked up one of the top awards at the inaugural Irish Congress of Trade Unions' annual Youth for Decent Work Video Awards.

The Kenmare students were presented with the 'Most Original Video' prize by Love/Hate star Aaron Heffernan at a special screening in Dublin's Savoy Cinema last week.

The Kenmare school were up against video entries from schools all across the country including Dublin, Louth, Kildare, Monaghan, Donegal, Limerick, Cork and Kerry. Of the 47 entries received only 20, including the winning Kenmare film, were shortlisted for the Dublin screening.

The Video Awards were launched in October to commemorate the events of the 1913 Lockout and to encourage engagement by schools and students with this topic. As part of the competition students were challenged to create a three-minute video, outlining their interpretation of 'decent work', what it means to young people and the impact of the events of 1913.

"The competition is not just about winning but learning along the way about Irish labour history and the struggle for decent work," Congress Assistant General Secretary, Sally Anne Kinahan said.

"The aim of the competition is to create a space and a creative outlet for students to find a way to express that creatively within a group, work collaboratively and develop skills to create a video, which is both educational and entertaining," she added.

While working on their production the students at Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine gained experience in scripting, shooting, designing graphics/animation and video editing.