Chanelle donates over €50,000 to Loughrea Secondary Schools
“You don’t get what you wish for in life, you get what you work for”, some of the inspirational words AP McCoy had for the students of Loughrea last Friday.
AP McCoy, undeniably the world’s greatest jump jockey made a special guest appearance at the Chanelle Science Scholarship to crown the 2015 winner.
Now in its third year, the Chanelle Science Scholarship has created a surge of interest in the area of scientific research and innovation amongst the secondary level students in the Loughrea community.
17 year old Katelyn Egan from St Brigid’s College has taken home the top prize of €4,500 and a crystal trophy for her project entitled, ‘Using Cattle to Distribute Native Plant Seeds‘.
The announcement was made at the Loughrea Hotel & Spa where AP McCoy took time out of his hectic movie promotion schedule for his acclaimed film documentary ‘Being AP’, which premiered in Dublin last night.
AP visited the two secondary schools, St Raphael’s College and St Brigid’s College in advance to meet the students and share his remarkable 20 year career with them including, 4357 wins (which includes the 2010 Grand National, the prestigious Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase & King George VI Chase), 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, an OBE and a MBE from the Queen.
Commenting on the Science Scholarship, AP McCoy said, “It’s a pleasure to support this scholarship program. Any help young people can get towards their education is so good for them and also for the strength of the work force in Ireland. Ireland has a great reputation for producing hard working and bright graduates and it is thanks to scholarship schemes like this’.
Chanelle, Loughrea’s largest employer with over 380 staff, has made a significant investment to the two schools over the last 3 years. Along with the Science Scholarship which has donated over €25,000 to the students of Loughrea, the company’s MD Michael Burke recently donated €25,000 worth of Laboratory equipment to the 2nd level schools to further promote the importance of science to the students of Loughrea.
Congratulating the students at the award ceremony, Michael Burke, Chanelle MD said, “Ireland has a hugely important role in the world of science and technology. The Chanelle Science Scholarship gives the students an opportunity to recognise this and be a part of it. On behalf of Chanelle, I would like to congratulate all the students who took part this year.”
The Chanelle Science Scholarship was set up in 2013 to allow senior level students to explore the field of science in an exciting and rewarding way. The science project entries were whittled down to ten finalists who were evaluated by a panel of independent judges with esteemed backgrounds in Chemistry, Pharmacy and Engineering, Dr John Clancy, Doctor in Chemistry and former head of The Chemistry School of Pharmacy in Trinity College Dublin, Rachel Harte, Chanelle Veterinary Pharmacist and formerly employed with Irish Medicines Board and Dr Finbar Dolan, Managing Director of medical device company, Arc Devices.
Mr Paul McCafferky, Principal at St Raphael’s College added, “We are most grateful to Michael Burke and everyone in Chanelle for this most generous sponsorship. This year was made extra special by the presence of AP McCoy both at the scholarship event and at both schools. It was a rare and genuine privilege to meet with A.P. and his words were truly inspirational. As well as the annual Scholarship, Mr Michael Burke has recently donated science equipment to the value of €12,500 to both St Raphael’s and St Brigid’s. The benefits of this extraordinary donation are already being seen by the pupils and teachers. We wish everyone in Chanelle continued success into the future.”
The two first runner’s ups were Arlene Hardiman from St Brigid’s College and Ruth Mulligan from St Raphael’s College for their projects on, ‘The Prevalence of Depression in People with Developmental Disabilities’ and ‘Over the Counter Painkillers – Used or Misused’. The runners up each receive €1500 and a crystal trophy.
Sean Connolly, Principal at St Brigid’s College added, “The Chanelle Scholarships Scheme is a brilliant example of a locally based and successful international company building relationships with St Brigid’s College for the benefit of all the students in the school and opening their minds to careers that now exist in the Pharmaceutical and Science Industries now and into future. We appreciate all their support and are delighted to be part of the scholarship scheme”.