Skibbereen school project is joint first in national eco award

May 11th, 2017 4:06 PM

By Southern Star Team

Posing for the camera at the awards ceremony today

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ST Patrick’s Boys’ National School in Skibbereen has been named joint winner of a national eco project.

The school was named at a special awards ceremony in Blanchardstown, Dublin, today.

The Get-Involved competition is run by regional newspapers’ representative group Local Ireland and the main sponsor is the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

Each project was championed by their local newspaper with the Skibbereen boys’ school project having been entered in conjunction with The Southern Star.

The school competed for the overall award against projects from Tipperary, Limerick, Longford, Leitrim and Sligo.

Last week the judging panel visited each project and all of them were also filmed during the on-site judging process.

The judges, including RTÉ Eco Eye presenter Duncan Stewart, were shown around the Skibbereen school garden last week by enthusiastic young pupils involved in the impressive project who imparted a lot of the valuable knowledge and lifeskills they had learned from it.

The awards presentation took place this afternoon in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown with the Skibbereen school’s principal Alan Foley and teacher Brian Granaghan, as well as Con Downing, editor of The Southern Star, also in attendance.

The school’s pupils received great praise for their work on the project, which is ongoing and is one that schools all over the country could copy.

The Skibbereen school’s project won a prize of €3,000. Each shortlisted project had to make a two-minute ‘Dragon’s Den’-style presentation to the judges and a short film of each project was also screened.

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