A Young Castleblayney Lady Receives Best Actress Award

On July 6th, over 300 young people, youth workers, health promotion professionals and Irish Cancer Society staff came together for the big screen premiere of the #xhale2017 films made by 40 youth groups across 20 counties at the Irish Cancer Society X-HALE Youth Awards at the Odeon cinema, Point Village, Dublin. Ellen Carrol won the prize for Best Actress on the day and Castleblayney Youth Cafe also won an award for Best Social Media Post of the Day.

X-HALE is an Irish Cancer Society initiative which aims to prevent young people from smoking. The X-HALE Short Film Competition is an opportunity for youth groups to spread the word about the impact of smoking by creating a youth-led short-film. In April Ellen Carroll and Ethan Clarke attended a film making workshop hosted by the Irish Cancer Society in Dublin. They then used this knowledge to develop and create a short film called ‘The Cigarette Assassin’ in Castleblayney Youth Cafe. The film was directed and edited by Ethan Clarke and starred Ellen Carroll and Amelia Siembida. It is available to be viewed on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmZYNH--L-k