From left to right are
Silver medal Chemistry winners at the IBM/DCU
Irish Science Olympiad in Dublin recently.
Adam Johnston, Dalriada School, Ballymoney;
Clara Gleeson, Holy Faith Secondary School,
Clontarf; Minister for Education and
Science, Mary Hanafin, T.D; Hannah Cagney,
Mount Anville Secondary School, Goatstown
and Keith Moore of Wallace High School in
TWO Wallace High School pupils have 'a good
chance' of taking part in a major international science
competition after being ranked among Ireland's top six physics
and chemistry students at an event in Dublin recently.
Adam Powell and Keith Moore must now wait and
see if they are eligible to travel to the International Science
Olympiad's Physics event in Vietnam (Adam) or its Chemistry
Competition in Hungary (Keith). They were presented with silver
medals to mark their achievements by the Republic's Minister for
Education and Science at the 15th 'Irish Science Olympiad'
organised by IBM and Dublin City University. During this they
competed against 250 of Ireland's top secondary level science
students with all 32 counties represented at the event.
The Minister told those present the continual
development of 'today's students and tomorrow's leaders' in the
disciplines of science and technology was "very important.
"Young people pursuing studies in the field
of science and technology can look forward to excellent career
prospects," the Minister continued. "Initiatives such as the
IBM/DCU Irish Science Olympiad actively encourage students to
explore and develop their interest."
Bill Kearney, Director Dublin Software Lab,
IBM said the annual Olympiad continued to "encourage our leading
students to nurture and develop their science and technology
"IBM is proud to be associated with such an
event. As with all of IBM's education initiatives IBM Ireland is
committed to encouraging innovation from students right across
"Events such as the ISO help to ensure that
Ireland remains a leader in the science and technology fields."
Michael Cotter, Director of the Irish Science
Olympiad and lecturer at DCU described the Olympiad as "an ideal
avenue for Ireland's future scientists to showcase their skills
to a national audience and potentially on an international
"Each year the IBM/DCU Science Olympiad
provides our students with an ideal platform to equip themselves
for a career in the sciences," he concluded.
From left to right are
Silver medal Physics winners at the IBM/DCU
Irish Science Olympiad in Dublin
recently. John Collison, Castletroy
College, Co Limerick; Adam Powell,
Wallace High School, Lisburn; Minister
for Education and Science, Mary Hanafin,
T.D; Jonathan McKenzie, Banbridge
Academy and Martin Cotton, Sligo Grammar