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UPDATE: Success for Limerick students at BT Young Scientist 2022 



BT Young Scientist 2022 – Several Limerick secondary school students achieved success at the exhibition.

UPDATE: Success for Limerick students at BT Young Scientist 2022 

By I Love Limerick correspondent Rachel Petticrew

Several Limerick secondary school students achieved success at the 2022 BT Young Scientist Exhibition, which concluded in Dublin last Friday, January 14.


Two Desmond College fifth-year students, Ethan Kirwan and Jack Kelly, took first place in the Senior Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences category for their project, which investigated the aeroacoustics of a swinging corrugated tube.

The Newcastle West school also placed third in the Senior Technology category with Niamh O’ Mahony & Alzbeta Barisova’s project, the ‘Smart Ruler’. Their invention reduces the chance of errors for students with Dyslexia and ADHD. The Leaving Cert students also received the special Williams Lea Ireland Award.

Elsewhere, Colaiste Chiaráin junior cycle students Rosemary Lucey and Sarah-Jane Noonan were the overall winners of the Junior Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences Group. Their project focused on the waste left behind in empty condiment bottles.

Several other Limerick students were praised for their projects, including Ard Scoil Rís’ Sam Hamilton, who received a Display Award.

Two groups of students from Scoil Pól received Highly Commended and Special Awards.

Well done to all students on these impressive achievements!

Five Limerick Schools to compete at BT Young Scientist 2022 (January 14, 2022)

By I Love Limerick correspondent Caoimhe Siochru

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The poster for BT Young Scientist 2022.

Several Limerick schools are competing at BT Young Scientist 2022 with very exciting and unique projects! Over 2,700 Irish students have entered the science exhibition this year, which will take place virtually.

Five groups of students from Ard Scoil Rís are competing in the exhibition, including Patrick Stenson, Shane Rafferty and Colm Murphy, who presented their project yesterday morning. Their project, titled ‘Row-tricity’, aimed to modify ergometers to use the energy produced from rowing machines. They carried out a case study to see if this renewable source of energy can power a rowing club.

Ard Scoil student Sam Hamilton is also competing this year with a project that investigates the performance of PV solar panels without a battery module in a household over a calendar year.

Paul Cullinane presented his project on January 12, which investigates the applications of cryptobiosis and other forms of animal hibernation and how they can apply to human medicine.

JJ O’Rielly and Robert Strafford competed as a group. Their project compared the effects of three different home-manufactured biochar and traditional fertilizer on crop growth.

Finally, James Corcoran, Daniel McDonagh and David Moore investigated the effects of online learning on students’ mental health and academic performance.

Many students from Scoil Pól in Kilfinane have also qualified to compete in BT Young Scientist 2022 this week. Three Fifth Years, Daniel Gammel, Aisling Daly and Shane Shinnors created a lamp to combat seasonal depression.

Transition Year Students Sarah Blade and Olivia Donohue have studied the effect of energy drinks on athletes to establish which one is the best. 

Transition Year students JoJo Fitzgerald, Cillian O’Riordan and Conor O’Regan will explore the positive and negative effects of gaming among teenagers.

Finally, Niamh O’Connor, Robyn Finn, and Leah Prunty tested many bubble-gum brands, investigating ingredients to understand what produces the best bubble-gum bubbles!

Limerick TD Willie O’Dea expressed his support for the Treaty students competing at BT Young Scientist this week, saying “Best of luck to the eight schools from across Limerick who have qualified for the 58th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.”

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.