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MIC Media Screenings celebrate 20 Year Milestone at the Belltable



Mary Immaculate College, MIC Media Screenings by fourth year students reach a 20-year milestone. 

The annual screening of the MIC, Fourth Year Media Student Documentaries has become a major event on the student calendar. This year marks the 20th year of screenings, which coincided with the re-opening of The Belltable at 69 O’Connell Street, an ideal venue in which to exhibit the students’ concluding Year accomplishments.

Dr. Rosemary Day, Head of Department, Media & Communication Studies spoke at the MIC Media Screenings, “We are very proud of the standard our final year students produce every year. The skill set they master in terms of filming, editing, sound and lighting, even the range of ideas that they handle in such a mature and socially engaged manner, all lead to documentaries that are well worth watching. All praise to Nicky Fennell , MIC Media and Communications lecturer, who puts in so much time and is so generous with his expertise in helping the students to produce their documentaries”.

“It’s difficult fitting the demands of practical production into what is ultimately a theoretical  academic timetable, but time and again the students outdo themselves and this year’s documentaries are no exception.” according to Nicky Fennell.




Topics at this year’s MIC Media Screenings were as varied as ever. The Siege of Limerick may sound historical, but it is in fact a look at Ireland’s largest Heavy Metal music festival which took place in Limerick, in April 2016. The documentary profiles the festival organiser and the Limerick Metal community and examines the concept of musical tribes.

We are all familiar with the horror stories regularly highlighted by the media relating to social networking: cyber-bullying, profiling and identity theft to name but a few.


MIC media screenings

MIC media screenings


#SocialLight instead looks at the positive aspects of the New Media, shedding light on the benefits on offer by interviewing four individuals who in their own ways have found their lives enhanced by their use of the new media platforms.


Breaking The Silence takes as its starting point the recent MICSU organized Walk ‘N Talk fundraiser for Pieta House to examine past, present and future preconceptions of Ireland’s suicide problem in order to instigate a conversation about mental health.

As we are all aware, college life can be great fun – meeting new people, going out, partying. However, with new experiences come new pressures. The Immaculate Perception explores these pressures by focusing on the female angle and gets the conversation going about why we still have perceptions of “the perfect female”.

In keeping with the country’s current obsession with health and fitness, Sláinte talks to three participants involved in the Irish Sporting world in order to address the problems inherent in a society on its way to becoming the most obese nation in Europe.

Last but not least, ‘Girls Abroad’ focuses on three female students from different nations who traveled to Ireland for the semester as exchange students. This documentary investigates their expectations and reactions of the experience as well as how they changed as human beings.

Interspersed with the above you can see advertising at its slickest! The students have  made their own 30-second adverts, marketing some charming items, such as lactose free milk, Burn Buster sun cream, and aqua waterproof hairspray, to name but a few.

Speaking at the MIC Media screenings event, guest Aileen O’Dwyer said; “I haven’t been in the Belltable for a number of years, what a beautiful venue for such a wonderful student showcase, a fantastic evening and a very well done to the MIC Students

MIC media screenings

MIC media screenings at the BellTable

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.