Success for Lisdoonvarna school in Northern Ireland Young Scientist Competition

Mary Immaculate Secondary School Lisdoonvarna took part in the Sentinus Northern Ireland Young Scientist competition which was held in the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on the 17th June 2013. The school had eleven projects entered in the event.

Aisling O’Rourke, who is a fourth year student in Mary Immaculate Secondary School in Lisdoonvarna was the winner of the senior category.

As well as winning the category prize she was also presented with the society of Biology Award for the best biological project at the exhibition.

Her project looked at whether there are differences in the morphology of the leaf of Geranium sanguineum (Bloody Cranesbill) located in geographically separated areas.

She also looked at how exposure would affect leaf morphology. She took 3 measurements from each of 2800 leaves. She looked at plants in the Burren and the Aran Islands.

Deirdre O’Connell is a third year student at Mary Immaculate Secondary School in Lisdoonvarna. She was awarded the winners prize in the intermediate section. Her project was entitled “Computer and Internet usage among adults in North Clare”.

Rebecca O’Callaghan and Eala Mardell are two second year students at the school. They were presented with the JCP Consulting Award for the Built Environment.

This was for their project entitled “the Feasibility of Harvesting Rainwater in North Clare”. In this project they showed that households could use rainwater to replace some of the treated water entering our houses.

It was not the students that took away awards from the event. Their teacher John Sims was presented with the St. Mary’s University College Belfast STEM Teachers Award for his work guiding students in the Northern Ireland Young Scientist competition over the past 10 years.

The other projects entered were:

  • Ellen O’Loughlin & Claire Costello - Do Sea Urchins risk Being Eaten by a Predator to Reach Food?,
  • Ross Duffy - How effective is a Fulacht Fiadh in cooking food?,
  • Myra McNamara & Eimear Thynne - Has the Sea an Effect on the Turloughs in North Clare?,
  • Maghnus Hartigan & Ben Kenneally - The effects of geological substrates on the trophic state of lakes in North Clare,
  • Katie Flanagan & Dílse Guerin - Factors affecting how slugs sense food,
  • Órlaith Bowen & Martyna Buynowska - Does a predator affect the clumping behaviour of Mytilus edulis?,
  • Keelan McMahon - Does the Size of Population of an Area Affect the Ability of GAA Clubs to Win Trophies? and
  • David Sims - The Occurrence and Distribution of Ulva lactuca and Enteromorpha intestinalis in Relation to Water Quality.


Pictured above Aisling O'Rourke receiving the Senior Category Best Project Award.

Deirdre O'Connell receiving Intermediate Category Best Project Award.

John Simms pictured receiving the St Mary's University College Stem Teacher Award.

Rebecca O'Callaghan receiving the JCP Consulting Award for Built Environment