Rathcoole’s Successful Science Students!


Congratulations to all our pupils and past-pupils who participated so successfully in the BT Young Scientist and RDS Primary Science Fair Exhibitions over the past 10 days.

Rathcoole Past pupils Darragh Twomey & Neil O’Leary (along with Andrew Heffernan, all TY Students from Colaiste Treasa, Kanturk) were overall Group Runners-Up with their project entitled “Feeding 9.6 Billion by 2050” examining ways of increasing crop yields by introducing a strain of bacteria found in Elephant Grass.

Rathcoole past-pupils Neill & Darragh

The boys were also presented with awards for Agricultural Innovation from Teagasc, and the Perrigo Best Biological and Ecological Project

Declan Troy, Assistant Director of Research at TEAGASC presents the TEAGASC award to Darragh Twomey, Neil O'Leary, Andrew Heffernan, Colaiste Treasa Kanturk Cork for their project “Feeding 9.6 billion people by 2050. The effects of Pseudomonas Fluorescens L321 on enhancing barley crop yield.” in the Biological and Ecological Intermediate Group Category.
 Photo Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

Declan Troy, Assistant Director of Research at TEAGASC presents the TEAGASC award to Darragh Twomey, Neil O’Leary, Andrew Heffernan,

Their former classmates in St. Brendan’s, Eimear Corcoran and Mark Casey (TY students in Millstreet Community School) were ‘Highly Commended’ in the Social and Behavioural Sciences category with a project on “Improving the ranking system for Ireland’s second level schools.”

Eimear Corcoran-and-Mark Casey

And our current crop of 5th & 6th Class were very highly praised for their entry in the (non-competitive) RDS Primary Science Fair “Will increasing our fitness levels improve our school work?”  The judges’ feedback praised the students’ organisational skills in collating results and plotting graphs, noted how they enjoyed the demonstrations of the various exercises, and outlined the great job they did in carrying out, displaying and explaining their project.

Primary Science Fair 2018

The judges also wrote that “The pupils should be really proud of their strong and competent communication and presentation skills

and added “An excellent job done by all the pupils… Well done! I hope to see ye next year again

Great credit is due to the pupils and their teacher Mr. Horan for this achievement.  The science fair itself was an enjoyable, entertaining and educational event for all who attended, including several parents and families who joined us on the day.