Tuesday 2 September 2014

Muirne energises her school in competition

Published 15/10/2013 | 05:40

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School Principal Kevin Gallagher and Muirne O Donnell accept the cheque for €5,000 on behalf of Mullaghroe NS.

A sixth class pupil has won her school a year's free supply of energy.

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Muirne O'Donnell of Mullaghroe NS impressed judges with her entry about environmental awareness, energy efficiency and recycling.

The school suffered a tragedy in 2011 when two pupils, Harry and Kim Wallwork died from carbon monoxide poisoning at their home closeby.

Muirne wanted the school to at long last have something to celebrate.

The competition was promoted by RTÉ Radio 1's Mooney programme, in association with RTÉ, Greenstar and Electric Ireland.

There were four winners nationally of the Fuel Your School competition and the Gurteen school was one of them.

The prize was a year's free energy up to a value of €5,000.

The two-teacher 46-pupil school was visited by members of RTE's Mooney team on Monday morning to present the prize.

Terry Flanagan, one of the judges said: "We were impressed on two accounts by this entry.

"Firstly, it came directly from a student, and secondly it contained simple, well-thought out ideas that many people could take on board."

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