Can Another Kerry Group Follow The Success Of Ballyheigue In X-Hale Competition?

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Blast from the past…members of Club Óg Ógras Baile Uí Thuaidhg getting their Community Campaign award at the Irish Cancer Society’s X-HALE Youth Awards 2017 back in July. Left to right, Kai O Fuaráin, Risteárd O Fuaráin, Darragh O Fuaráin, John McCormack, Irish Cancer Society CEO, Kallum Hussey, T.J. O’Halloran and Ann O Fuaráin.

KERRY’S budding Spielbergs are invited to apply for funding to enter Irish Cancer Society’s X-HALE short film competition.

Last year, Club Óg Ógras Baile Uí Thuaidhg was awarded the prize for Best Community Campaign at the Awards so Kerry has form in this competition. The group scooped the award for the campaign around its short film “Ná Bac le Tobac”.

The Society is inviting young people and youth groups in Kerry to be part of Ireland’s Tobacco-Free generation and get involved in this year’s X-HALE short film competition.

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This is an exciting opportunity for budding Kerry filmmakers aged 10-24, to help spread the word about the impact of smoking and encourage their friends, family and community to be smoke free.

Through X-HALE, the Society provides funding and training to youth groups around the country to encourage young people to address tobacco use and empower them to take action in their communities by making a short film about the impact of smoking.

The closing date for applications for funding is Wednesday 28th February and film entries will be accepted until Wednesday 23rd May.

Sarah Chadwick, Cancer Prevention Officer at the Irish Cancer Society said: “Our 2018 training and funding opportunities are now open for applications and we want youth organisations across Ireland to get involved and drive the movement towards establishing Ireland’s first smoke free generation.

“The success of the X-HALE programme highlights the potential that is there within communities for young people most affected by tobacco use and their supporting organisations to drive change around tobacco at local, national and international level.”

For more information or to watch the new documentary, X-HALE: A Tobacco Free Generation in the Making, visit or

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