Presentation Secondary School, Thurles Win SEAI Competition

Presentation Secondary School, Thurles, Transition year Students Emma Kerwick, Mary Claire Hanafin, Caroline O' Connor, Lydia O' Toole, Shauna O' Flynn and Jennifer Mullally are the overall winners of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) search for One Good Idea with their entry encouraging the use of cleaner, greener energy.

The students showcased their work among twenty competing schools chosen from around the country to exhibit at the prestigious national final which took place on Thursday May 3rd, in Dublin Castle.

The girls researched alternative energy including the use of wind turbines, solar panels and wood chip burners.

They carried out case studies on the efficiency of the woodchip burner in the Anner Hotel and Rockwell College and the use of solar panels in Supervalu Baltinglass.

As part of their campaign they held an energy awareness evening and organised for the test driving of an electric car.

The students not only get the coveted title of national winners of the One Good Idea competition, but they will now go forward to represent Ireland in the U4Energy Awards.

U4energy is the first pan-European competition on energy education organised by the European Commission.

Almost 1,500 students from 85 schools submitted campaigns to this year’s One Good Idea competition.

Congratulations to the girls and their teacher Ms Olivia O’ Brien.