Limerick pupils honour Donal Walsh's 'live life' message with film

Donal O'Regan

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Donal O'Regan

Lights, camera, action! Caherline National School pupils and staff accept their second place prize in the Take my Hand Donal Walsh short film competition in Tralee

Lights, camera, action! Caherline National School pupils and staff accept their second place prize in the Take my Hand Donal Walsh short film competition in Tralee Picture: Joe Hanley

CAHERLINE National School in County Limerick has brought the spirit of the late Donal Walsh to the big screen.

The Kerry teenager touched countless people through his brave battle with cancer and his live life message. One of his foundation’s initiatives is the Take my Hand Donal Walsh short film competition, which Caherline NS have just finished second in.

Teacher and director of their short film, Orlagh Eichholz said their video is based around “pay it forward” and random acts of kindness. While it features children aged from six to 13 there are lessons for all ages.

“We are immensely proud of our film. Children were asked to come up with simple ideas of how they could show kindness in school on a daily basis. These scenarios were then compiled in a video,” said Ms Eichholz. It features examples like a child sitting on their own in class with their head in their arms being comforted by other pupils. Helping a teacher, who has dropped her books, pick them up. Going over to see if a player who went down injured is OK and many others.

Their video will be shown at the Dingle Film Festival on March 22 and has to date been viewed online by over 10,000 people. The film can be viewed on their school page. The awards presentation for the national competition took place in the Brandon Hotel Conference Centre in Tralee where Mrs Eichholz said they were “treated like kings”.

“We rocked out to the Rip Tide Movement, had weather warnings from Theresa Mannion, got dancing and football tips from Aidan O' Mahony, while Sinead Kennedy promised to have us on Winning Streak next week!” said Ms Eichholz.

She said, as always, their pupils worked really hard to create the video. “We feel it contains an important life message for both young and old. We hope our video inspires others to offer their hand to someone in need,” she concluded. 

Michael McCarthy, principal, said: “Well done to our staff for their help in making the video, especially Miss Eichholz, the director, Mr Kelliher, the voice-over, and Miss Ivory, actress. Sincere thanks to parents Peter Tiernan of VisionAir Technologies and Viorel Bucar. Without them we would not have been able to create the video.” Log onto Caherline NS’s Facebook page to see their video.