Limerick film project is a breath of fresh air

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

Mayor Michael Sheahan with the Moyross group who came third in the film competition: Chelsea Hogan, Robyn Kiely, Jacquline Hogan, Katie Krasniqi, Chloe Hollywood, Lauren Cleary, Nikita Fitzgerald, Jodie Long, Shannon Hogan, LeeAnn Duggan and Victor Hogan-Pool. Also in the photo are Mags Dillon, CSMT, Sarah Butler,  DEPS, and MC Jay Red
A FILM project for Limerick teenagers highlighting the dangers of substance misuse has culminated in an Oscars style ceremony at which the top three prizes were claimed by youth groups from Southill, Moyross and Newcastle West.

A FILM project for Limerick teenagers highlighting the dangers of substance misuse has culminated in an Oscars style ceremony at which the top three prizes were claimed by youth groups from Southill, Moyross and Newcastle West.

Let Limerick Xhale this year attracted over 120 young participants from nine youth groups around the city and county. They scripted, acted in and were involved in producing the final cuts which were screened at the Omniplex in Dooradoyle as part of the inaugural Mid-West Drug and Alcohol Week.

The film project itself is now in its third year in Limerick and is supported and co-ordinated by the Community Substance Misuse Team (CSMT) and Northside DEPS.

“The groups developed a short film that focused on creating a positive and peer-led message to prevent substance misuse. The standard of films and issues explored this year was very high and the films generated over 12,000 views on Youtube over the first six days,” said Mags Dillon, CSMT.

There were special individual awards to Catherine Scanlan (leadership), Victor Hogan-Pool (best original song), Dylan Byrne (best actor) and Katelyn Fitzgerald (best actress). Southill club2gether were the overall winners while second and third place went to Hospital Youthreach and Moyross Youth Intervention Project. Films can be viewed on Let Limerick Xhale’s YouTube channel.