“PUT THE BOTTLE DOWN AND REPRESENT YOUR TOWN!”

31 October 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

Despite only being uploaded last week over 2,000 people have viewed video clips on YouTube that were recorded as part of the launch of Clones Joint Policing Committee’s ‘Mind Your Body, Alcohol Awareness Campaign.’

The campaign launch took place in Largy College last Wednesday, 23rd October and during the event four short video clips featuring local footballers Anita Newell, Ellen McCarron, Fintan Kelly and Dick Clerkin were shown.

Each of the four emphasised that sport and alcohol did not mix and summed up their message with catchy slogans including ‘Put the bottle down and represent your town’ and ‘Too much alcohol creates a mess but sport will bring you huge success.’ The video clips can be viewed on the Clones Notice Boards page on Facebook and also on YouTube.

The campaign was organised by members of Clones Joint Policing Committee who worked in conjunction with Mary Lynch, Regional Director, Youth Work Ireland-Monaghan and, along with Largy College students, those who attended the event included representatives from An Garda Siochana, local GAA representatives and Padraig O’Mordha from Largy College. It is part of PEACE III Youth Project ‘Piece by Peace,” and the lead partner in the delivery of this project is Youth Work Ireland-Monaghan.

Principal of Largy Sharon Magennis welcomed everybody present and stated that the message that the campaign aimed to put across to the students – look after yourselves and protect your future – was an important one.

Ms Magennis added that it was also important for the school community to work together and she reiterated the message that involvement in sport and recreation was good but drinking to excess was not.

Carol Lambe from the Community and Enterprise Section of Monaghan County Council, who acted as Master of Ceremonies for the campaign launch, said that one of the things the JPC had decided to do this year was to engage with young people to find …

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