Newry students succeed at BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2014

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
Newry students who last week showcased their projects at the 50th BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition have been formally recognised at the awards ceremony in the RDS, Dublin. Beating off stiff competition from 28 Northern Ireland finalists, Eoin Lane and Oisín McKinley from Abbey Christian Brothers School in Newry received the 1st – Junior Group Award and Display Award for their project ‘An investigation into the resource holding potential of the Red Beadlet Anemone’ which was entered into the Biological and Ecological category. Colm O’Neill, CEO, BT Ireland said, “When we set out last year to plan for the 50th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition we wanted to make sure that this was our most exceptional event to date. “I’m delighted to say that it has exceeded all of our expectations. Over the past three days we have had some of Ireland’s brightest, most creative and positive young people astound us with their ideas for a better future and we have been greatly impressed by the high standard of these entries. “Over the years the exhibition has proven to be an important launch pad for the next wave of entrepreneurs, academics, scientists and technologists; people who will be fundamental in addressing the global skills shortage. He added, “For that reason, we cannot underestimate the importance of this exhibition in encouraging our young students to pursue careers in science and technology. I would like to congratulate every single student who participated this week. If our past winners have taught us anything, it’s that this award could change their lives.” In all, almost 1,165 students from 32 counties covering 550 projects from 210 schools nationwide competed for the coveted title ‘Winner of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2014’. For more information on the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition please visit or
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