X-Hale 2017 Winners!

Congratulations to the Digital Media class who won ‘Best Blogging Group’ at this year’s Irish Cancer Society X-Hale Awards. This is the second year in a row they collect the prize and third year in a row to win at the competition. The awards ceremony took place in the Odeon Point Village cinema, and for their efforts they won a €150 Maplins voucher, no doubt soon to spent on even more equipment for the classroom!

Here’s their amazing film again:

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Trip to Kilmainham Jail





Last week we took a group of learners to Kilmainham Jail. We got a private tour that was full of interesting facts and got to see the cells of Irish revolutionaries such as James Connolly and Patrick Pearse.








Particularly spooky was the stonebreakers yard, where the leaders of the 1916 Rising were executed. Great to see all the learners so interested and full of questions for our tour guide!





Big thanks to Kim from Foroige for bussing us down there too!

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X-Hale SpunOut Article Competition

Congrats to Philip Shestialtynov from the Digital Media Class who is runner-up in the X-Hale SpunOut article Competition 2017!

Philip wrote about his experience being involved in the making of the film and what he learned along the way. You can check it out on the X-Hale Facebook page, as well as the winning article.

Philip will be studying Journalism in BCFE in September so his article will be a nice addition to his portfolio. He’s got a great writing style so keep an eye out for him in the future!

The competition for most online views closes next Wednesday so please view and share our short smoking prevention film which you can find above. We’re nearly at 1100 views so big thanks to everyone for the support so far!

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Filmmaking in Baldoyle







The Digital Media class are currently working on a promotional film for Baldoyle Training Centre.







They visited last week to began shooting and are off to a good start.







According to staff in Baldoyle, they were super professional so there could be a few future directors in our midst!







Great to see the lads apply what they’re learning in class and develop their practical skills.







We’ll upload the short film once it’s finished so watch this space!

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Our X-Hale 2017 Film is now on YouTube!

We finished our X-Hale 2017 film last week and it just went live on to YouTube today. The online competition runs from today until June 28th and the short film with the most views wins the Online Award. At the moment we have the most views in the country on YouTube so let’s keep it up! What we want from you is to like, comment and share as much as possible with your friends and family. Remember, we’re trying to create as much impact as possible and hopefully get a few young people to give up the smokes too!

If you are sharing it please use the hashtags #TheXGeneration and #xhale2017, Tag @XHaleYouthAwards on Facebook, @IrishCancerSoc on Twitter, @thexgenerationxhale and @irishcancersociety on Instagram.

The other competition categories are:

  • Overall Winner
  • Runner Up
  • Best Blogging Group (we won this in 2016)
  • Most Convincing Smoking Prevention Film (we won this in 2015)
  • Best Smoke Free Generation Message
  • Best Impact of Smoking Message
  • Best Smoking Influences Message
  • Judges Choice Award
  • Best Actress
  • Best Actor
  • Best Social Media Posat at X-Hale Awards

Fingers crossed we can make it three wins in a row, thanks in advance for the support!!!

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