Local TD and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, has called on local Transition Year Students to get involved with The Gathering by making a short film showing the best of what their hometown has to offer. The Gathering, in collaboration with the Department of Education and Skills and Bank of Ireland are offering a prize of €1,000 to the students who win as well as €400 for their school.
“We have a lot to be proud of in Clondalkin, Lucan, Saggart and Rathcoole. Whether it is the rich heritage in Newcastle and Rathcoole, the Round Tower in Clondalkin, the Lucan Festival or the strong sense of community in all these places, we have something special to offer and I hope students can find a way of communicating that,” said Fitzgerald.
The competition, open to Transition Year Students, is looking for a 3 minute short film made by an individual student or a group of three classmates, showcasing what is great about where they live. The closing date for applications is the 22nd of February 2013, with regional finalists having their video uploaded for public voting on Youtube in March.
“The Gathering is about reaching out to those who have moved away over the years and inviting them to come home. This competition is about encouraging students to highlight their community and why those who have left should come back and visit or inviting new visitors to explore our area. This is an opportunity to put your town on the map and share what is so special and unique about it to the world,” said Fitzgerald.
For more information on the competition, please go to
www.thegatheringireland.com or get in touch with the Minister’s constituency office.