Local T.D. Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice and Equality attended the third annual Cast Film Festival in the Red Cow Moran Hotel on Thursday night. She congratulated the students and organisers for another exceptional event. The ceremony was launched by Kathleen Lynch, Minister of State for Mental Health.
She said “The festival continues to grow bigger, and entices more young people to become involved and spread awareness about mental health issues. Tonight’s ceremony showcased 15 short films - shortlisted from over 40 entrants - made by students from across Ireland highlighting issues around mental health."
"Founded and organised by students and teachers from Collinstown Park Community College, the extravagant ceremony was attended by hundreds of students from all across the country. The awards were presented by notables such as Fair City’s Michael Sheehan and Tony Tormey, Local Councillor and Olympic silver medallist Kenneth Egan, Sr Stanislaus Kennedy (Focus Ireland), Rachel Collier (CEO, Young Social Innovators), Dr Tony Bates (Headstrong and Jigsaw) and the Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh.
"A special congratulations to Luke Cronin from Clondalkin Youth Services who was awarded the LiveLife award. This was presented by Elma Walsh, mother of Donal Walsh, the extraordinary young man who passed away in May of last year. Donal wrote eloquently and passionately about his struggle against cancer and how important it is to live life to the full.
"I wish to extend particular compliments to Noel Kelly, from Collinstown, whose effort and passion made the event a success, and Collinstown’s principal Pauline Duffy, who has supported Noel’s hard work over the past few years.
"Above all, I wish to thank the young people for their amazing effort, creativity and ingenuity. You are changing the way we think about mental health. These awards are a fantastic way to spread awareness about mental health issues, the services that are available to support people and the importance of looking after your mental health." the Minister concluded.