Kerry students honoured at National Youth Media Awards

Two students from Kerry have received honours in the ‘Let’s Talk About Drugs National Youth Media Awards 2016. (No Repro Fee - PIC: Joe Keogh) Pictured at the launch of the ‘Lets Talk about Drugs’ Media Awards opened by Miriam O'Callaghan in the Department of Education Clock Tower Building, Dublin was: Miriam O'Callaghan with 2014 Best Film (12-14 yr olds) Category winners, Blaze Youth Club, Caltragh. (LR) (Front) Darragh Conlon (Blaze Youth Club), Alice Smith (Blaze Youth Club), Miriam O'Callaghan, Kyle Smith (Blaze Youth Club), Odhran Mahon (Blaze Youth Club). (Back row) Tafadzwa Moswa (Rapper), Mabel Chah (Singer) Sinead Dolan (Filmmaker).  Drug use among Irish youth is above the EU average and Ireland now has the 5th highest rate of drug-related deaths among under 25’s in the EU. The 'Let's Talk about Drugs' National Youth Media Awards encourages discussion of drug and alcohol-related issues by inviting young people to produce a piece of original content relating to drug and/or alcohol use. The competition is supported by The HSE National Social Inclusion Office; The Drug Policy Unit in the Department of Health; Healthy Ireland and Cosc - The National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence in the Department of Justice and Equality. Closing date for entries is Friday the 22nd January 2016. The overall prize is €2000 and the winners’ work will be published on the website. All age category winners also receive an iPad Mini and a certificate. Full details and entry forms are available on Elba from Killarney won first prize in the article 15-17 category and Ben Kavanagh from Tralee was the runner up in the film/animation 15-17 category. This annual competition encourages discussion of drug-related issues by inviting young people aged between 12-25 to produce either a short video, audio recording or written piece relating to drug and/or alcohol use.