News from Mary Immaculate Secondary School Lisdoonvarna

Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare have kindly shared the following news snippets on their school comenius visit and where students visited EMC2 in Cork.

Lisdoonvarna School Hosts Comenius Visit

Comenius is a European Schools Initiative funded by the European Union. Our school is involved in an educational project with partner schools in Italy and the Netherlands.

Part of the project involves a detailed economic study of the Burren by students who wish to be involved in the project.

In mid-February Lisdoonvarna hosted students from Breno in Italy and Hoorn in Holland. They were accommodated in student’s homes while they were in Ireland.

This was the penultimate meeting before the end of this present Comenius project. While in Lisdoonvarna the students worked on developing a tourist App in conjunction with the Lisdoonvarna students.

Over the three days they visited a number of tourist attractions in North Clare including the Cliffs of Moher, Poulnabrone, Aillwee Cave and the Burren Centre in Kilfenora.

They also visited the Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. They had planned to go surfing at Lahinch but this had to be cancelled due to the bad weather.

While here the students and accompanying teachers experienced some of the worst weather we have seen this year. However they took it all in their stride and did not want to leave on the final morning.

The program of events for the visit was devised by Shane Slattery and Maggie Garrihy who accompanied the visitors throughout the exchange. The final meeting of this project will be in Hoorn in Holland just before Easter.

Pictured above are Dutch and Lisdoon students and teachers.

Italian students pictured above with their hosts.

Lisdoonvarna Young Scientists visit EMC2 in Cork

Two students from Mary Immaculate Secondary School travelled to Cork last week on the invitation of EMC2. They were Rhianna McMahon and Keelan McMahon who had won two awards at this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition in Dublin.

The title of their project was “The Changing Geography of the Young Scientist competition”. As well as taking second prize in the senior group Social and Behavioural Sciences, they also won the EMC2 Data Hero Award.

This award was presented to the project that showed the best use of data in the competition. For their project they had entered 20,000 lines of data into Excel.

At the EMC2 factory in Ovens in Cork they and their teacher John Sims were welcomed by senior management and members of the BT Young Scientist project team.

They explained their project to this group before being taken on a tour of this facility in Ovens. The company also presented them with a trophy and mini Ipad each. Following the factory tour they were brought on a tour of UCC.

EMC established its first manufacturing facility outside of North America in Ovens, Cork in 1988 followed by sales offices in Dublin (1990) and Belfast (2005).

It is now the largest manufacturing site of EMC outside of the US and has emerged as a leader in EMC's initiative to develop and manufacture energy efficient information infrastructure technologies.

The campus also hosts EMC's International Executive Briefing Centre, Global Solutions Centre, Worldwide Customer Service Centre, VMware Support Services, Software Development and Shared Services functions.

EMC now employs over 2,500 people in Ireland between all EMC sites, including VMware, RSA, and Decho.

Pictured above are Keelan and Rhianna at EMC in Cork.