Gaelcholáiste Girls Win At National Scifest Awards

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(click to enlarge photo) Janine Ní Chonchúir (Killarney), Lorraine De Nais (Lyreacrompane) and Ursula Ní Mhochóir (Tralee) at the National Scifest Final recently.

YOU may have seen the Six-One news earlier this month and the feature on the national Scifest Awards which took place in Marino, Dublin.

If you did, you will have seen the amazing project by three young women on harnessing wave energy and reducing coastal erosion.

What you may not have realised was that the young women involved were from Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí in Tralee.  Janine Ní Chonchúir (Killarney), Lorraine De Nais (Lyreacrompane) and Ursula Ní Mhochóir (Tralee) had already received an award for their project at the Young Scientist Exhibition earlier this year.

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“We decided to do further research and got some amazing results,” Ursula said.  They entered the project for the south-western regional finals of Scifest and won the SEAI Award for sustainable energy.

“We couldn’t believe it,” Lorraine said, “it was such an honour.”

The project then went onto a longlist of 15 from all over the country and in October the girls were told they had made the shortlist of 6 and that their project would be going on display in Dublin.

Here, the girls and their project had a huge impact on reporters, the judges and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD – enough of an impact for them to be awarded a coveted prize for excellence in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

“It’s been an incredible journey and has made us realise that nothing is impossible,” Janine said.

Well done, girls.

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