I took some time out of Dáil Business to visit the exhibition and see the projects of the four local constituency schools participating.
To say that these students impressed me was to say the least of my astonishment at such apparent knowledge and skills in students so young.
Just as in the Olympic Games, it is not the winning that is the most important thing but attaining a place on the team and representing your school. That is what makes all the thousands of participants “Winners”.
I visited six school projects: two from Templeogue College, two from Our Lady’s School Templeogue, and the Terenure College and Loreto College Crumlin Road stands as well.
I was amazed at the wholehearted warmth and enthusiasm, the pleasure and pride in their projects displayed and explained by the participating students. As I say, they were all winners and wonderful ambassadors for their schools, teachers and parents.
There was only one sad note; my old school, a winner on so many occasions, was not present this year. Come on Synge Street, I hope to see you there again next year.
So congratulations to all who took the time out to explain their projects to me, but in particular to the tremendous success of both Shane Curran from Terenure College and Aoibhinn Farrell and Isabel Waters for being Special Category Awards winners.
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