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Skibbereen school project impresses Get-Involved judges

May 6th, 2017 11:16 AM

By Con Downing

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RTÉ ‘Eco Eye’ presenter Duncan Stewart and his team of adjudicators visited St Patrick’s Boys’ National School in Skibbereen on Friday afternoon and were shown around the school garden, which is one of six projects nationally that have been shortlisted for the Get-Involved competition, run by regional newspapers representative group Local Ireland and whose main sponsor is the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

Each project has been championed by their local newspaper with the Skibbereen boys’ school one having been entered in conjunction with ‘The Southern Star.’ They will be competing for the overall award against projects from Tipperary, Limerick, Longford, Leitrim and Sligo.

This week, the judging panel, visited each project and all of them were also filmed during the on-site judging process. These projects are competing for a €10,000 prize fund, made up of overall winner €5,000; 2nd €1,500; 3rd €500; Community Energy Champion €3,000.

On Friday, the judges were shown around the Skibbereen school garden by enthusiastic young pupils involved in the impressive project who imparted a lot of the valuable knowledge and life skills they had learned from it. Principal Alan Foley and teacher Brian Granaghan who led the initiative, along with other staff members of the school, were on hand, along with Sean Mahon, managing director, and Con Downing, editor of ‘The Southern Star.’

The awards presentation will take place on Thursday next, May 11th, in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown. The ceremony will include each shortlisted project making a two-minute ‘Dragon’s Den’-style presentation to the judges and a short film of each project will be screened on the day.

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