West Cork success in national anti-racism competition

The Schull Community College students that won the Show Racism the Red Card Creative Competition. Back (l-r) James Kelly, Saoirse Geary, Michaela Monks, Evelyn O’Sullivan, Niamh O’Driscoll, Orla Baker, Evan Mulcahy. Front (l-r) Mair Kelly, Annie Baker, Ava O’Sullivan and Cliodhna Hegarty

Posted on: 10th June, 2016

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

Above: Schull Community College students

A team from Schull Community College won the overall prize at the Show Racism the Red Card creative competition awards ceremony in Dublin last month for their short film, ‘Universal Reversal’. The film – which was produced and directed by students from the secondary school – portrays a strong integration and equality message.

Show Racism the Red Card is an international anti-racism and education charity. In Ireland, the organisation’s annual creative competition calls on young people to develop creative messages about racism and integration using written, visual and audiovisual means.

At last week’s awards ceremony, prizes were awarded for entries ranging from songs and raps to posters, videos and social media campaigns.

In addition to Schull Community College’s success, Maria Immaculata Community College in Dunmanway scooped the ‘Second Level Award’ at the event. They composed original lyrics to a song focusing on equality.

Over six hundred young people from youth groups, Youthreach services, and primary and secondary schools attended Show Racism the Red Card’s awards ceremony in the Aviva Stadium.

Speaking at the event, Garrett Mullan, Executive Director of Show Racism the Red Card, congratulated the Cork winners on their fantastic entries and praised them for their commitment to the competition.

  “The talent and creativity we saw in this year’s entries was better than ever before,” he said.  “The young people involved really demonstrated their commitment to promoting integration and anti-racism messages within their schools and wider communities.

“Schull Community College’s short film is a shining example of this, as is the rap song composed by Patrick O’Reilly and the song produced by Maria Immaculata Community College.”

The awards ceremony was MCed by sports presenter Tommy Martin, and special guests included Steve Guppy, coach to the Ireland football team; Cllr. Cieran Perry, Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin; John Boyle, Vice-President of the INTO; Razan Ibraheem, a Syrian journalist based in Ireland; and footballer Conan Byrne and boxer Oisín Fagan, both of whom are Show Racism the Red Card ambassadors.  Further information about the work of Show Racism the Red Card is available at www.theredcard.ie.

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