Limerick students win prizes for movies on city

Mike Dwane

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Mike Dwane

SOME of Limerick’s most beautiful sights have been captured in mini-videos thanks to a competition run by City Hall and the Tidy Towns committee.

SOME of Limerick’s most beautiful sights have been captured in mini-videos thanks to a competition run by City Hall and the Tidy Towns committee.

To mark Earth Day, where businesses are encouraged to switch off their lights for an hour in a bid to help the environment, a special contest was run to celebrate some of the most scenic spots in the city.

Open to schools and colleges across the city, the Hunt Museum’s walls were dominated by these video collections at a special awards ceremony.

And five were honoured for their contributions - receiving cash prizes.

Angela Vaughan, a third year fine arts student at the Limerick School of Art and Design, scooped top prize for her video which promotes Limerick as an environmentally friendly place to live.

“I incorporated things about what the general public knew about being environmentally friendly, for example, to turn down washing machines, use recyclable bags. I combined it with the urban seagulls and swans. I think the most beautiful place is right in the heart of the city, so that said a lot about my presentation,” explained the student from Dooradoyle.

The second prize went to Laurel Hill student Kate Hendrick, of Corbally. She was surprised to be runner up, as it was her first time making a film. Her colourful video - filmed over two weekends - saw her favourite parts of Limerick captured.

There were prizes for Saoirse O’Connor of Bowman Street, students of Scoil Carmel and Jason Nash.

Councillor Michael Hourigan praised all participants. He said: “Your contribution is very special. What we learn from your videos is the contribution you make to the city, and as we go forward, it is people like yourselves who will benefit.”

He pointed out how the city had dramatically changed since his childhood days. The videos are available to watch on You Tube by searching ‘Celebrating Limerick for Earth Day 2012’.