Students celebrate win in inaugural Carlow County Council/IT Carlow Environmental Awareness Competition


IT Carlow and Carlow Local Authorities are delighted to announce the winners of the inaugural Environmental Awareness Competition. The idea of an environmental award for third level students was initially conceived as a result of funding provided by the Workplace Partnership.  Students who entered the competition were asked to examine/research an area within which the local authority is involved. The students were mentored for the duration of the competition by Envrionmental Science Lecturer, Dr Brigid O Regan. Fionnghuala Ryan, Environmental Awareness Officer at Carlow County Council gave the students a presentation highlighting the work carried out by the Environment Section.

The entries were judged by staff members of IT Carlow and Carlow County Council in the middle of February and judges were very impressed with the content of the entries and standard of the presentations.  All the winners attended a prize giving ceremony with Cllr. Michael Doran, John Carley, Director of Services Carlow County Council, John Carley, Director of Services Water and Environment and Dr David Dowling, Head of the School of Science and Health.

Aine O’Neill, IT Carlow Lecturer, Dept. of Science & Health who judged the competition:  “IT Carlow’s Department of Science and Health have worked closely with the Carlow County Council over a number of years.   We were delighted to be involved in the first County Council Environmental Awareness Awards.  The standard of the competition entries were extremely high and the enthusiasm of the students was very impressive.  This competition allowed our students to apply their academic knowledge to very practical environmental issues.”

“Carlow Local Authorities are delighted to work once again with IT Carlow. We have very close ties with the IT and over the years we have been delighted to welcome into our ranks a number of high quality graduates,” John Carley, Director of Services Water and Environment enthused. 

First Place: Richard Lally & Sarah Jane Griffin
Joint second place: Silvia Valera & Sheila Gargan, Alison Kilbane & Emily Breen
Third place: Aoife Crone & Patricia Moore