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Thursday 16 August 2018

Judges blown away by FCJ’s turbine project

The Eco-UNESCO Environmentalist Award winners from FCJ Bunclody with teacher Ms Catherine Doyle and Minister Paul Kehoe at Leinster House
The Eco-UNESCO Environmentalist Award winners from FCJ Bunclody with teacher Ms Catherine Doyle and Minister Paul Kehoe at Leinster House

Pádraig Byrne

Students from FCJ Secondary School in Bunclody have managed to overcome competition from all over the country to scoop a major award at this year's Eco-UNESCO Environmentalist Awards at The Mansion House in Dublin. The group managed to emerge as Energy Award Senior Winners with their project entitled 'Timmy the Turbine'.

The group decided to make wind turbines and their benefits the focus of their project, with there being several wind farms in the locality. The main goal of the project was to educate people locally about wind farms and encourage a more positive attitude towards them. This was achieved by carrying out surveys, handing out flyers and hosting an energy awareness event at the school. They also hosted a walk up to Ballycadden Wind Farm.

The team put in a lot of work to get to the All-Ireland finals, where there were 320 competed across nine categories. Only 80 teams reached the final stage and the three judges were extremely impressed with the project from FCJ.

Mentor on the project Ms Catherine Doyle said that she was very proud of the group and that 'their enthusiasm was unmeasurable and their commitment to reach the finals never faded.'

Members of the Group included: Aine Byrne, Camolin, Brian Byrne, Myshall, Meaghan Byrne, Ferns, Riona Byrne, Bunclody, Aoife Clauson, Bunclody, Eve Furlong, Bunclody, Bronagh Judge, Bunclody, Joe Kehoe, Kiltealy, Edward Kinsella, Ferns, Fionn Ó Muiri, Kiltealy and Hannah Sweeney, Enniscorthy.

Among the people who visited the exhibition were Wexford's own Brendan Howlin and the students finished off the day with a tour of Leinster House by Minister Paul Kehoe, even getting to see a Dáil sitting.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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