Bright spark Kate Doyle from Colaiste Phobal Roscrea, beat off stiff competition from second-level students around the country to be awarded 3rd place in the senior category of the free ‘Tell The Future’ all-island story writing competition today, which focused on the future of Ireland’s energy supply.
Part of a pan-European environmental initiative called the Future of Rural Energy in Europe, and supported in Ireland by Calor Gas, the Tell The Future story-writing competition was launched last year with an aim to encourage second-level students to share their ideas on how to power Ireland into the future in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way. The Tell The Future judging panel comprised senior management personnel from Government state agency, Science Foundation Ireland; leading youth oganisation, Foróige; and the Northern Ireland-based Rural Development Council.
Kate’s creative entry entitled the “Ireland’s Green Dream” focuses on five steps that can make Ireland a ‘greener’ country. 1st place was awarded to Sarah Hyde (Co. Limerick) with a story based on seaweed, which could be a low carbon replacement for fossil fuels and 2nd place went to Aya Helmy (Co. Antrim) with her story entitled “The Saturn Project”. Bringing these written stories to life is a key feature of this year’s Tell The Future competition, and Sara’s entry will be transformed into a one-of-a-kind animated video. In addition, she also received an iPad and a specially-engraved trophy, while her school received five Netbook laptops, with branded mouse pads and t-shirts for her class. Second and third-prize winners each received a Kindle.
Speaking about the competition, Michael Kossack, CEO of Calor Gas said: “Once again we are delighted to have received so many creative entries to the Tell The Future competition. It is great to see such passion and enthusiasm about environmental issues from our younger generation”.