Students from a school in Co Clare were among six finalists in the recent Shannon Foynes Port Company competition.
The Shannon Estuary’s current significance and future potential as shipping corridor of international importance was called out by students across the mid-west with Salesian College, Pallaskenry claiming the second, biennial Compass Transition Year Schools Competition.
The six participating schools included students from St. Patrick’ Comprehensive in Shannon as well as other colleges in Kerry and Limerick.
Posted by The Clare Herald on Friday, February 17, 2017
The final of the Shannon Foynes Port Company competition, devised to give students a deeper understanding of the company and estuary’s potential, was attended by over 300 students and teachers as All-Ireland winning player and manager Davy Fitzgerald and MEP Sean Kelly presented the winners with the top prize of a €2,000 cheque for their school and iPads & COMPASS gold medals for each of the team members.
All runners up received a COMPASS silver medal and a “Taste of Sailing Course” kindly sponsored by the Foynes Yacht Club Sailing Academy.
Held at the Foynes Aviation & Maritime Museum, the Compass (Creating Our Marine, Ports and Schools Synergy) Transition Year Schools Competition drew 41 entries from across the estuary counties, with six finalists chosen to go head to head with 10 minute presentations on the theme ‘Great Ships Need Deep Water’ at the packed museum’s historically styled O’Regan Function Room.
Shannon Foynes Port Company CEO Pat Keating said that the competition was most definitely delivering on its objectives – to drive a greater understanding of the huge commercial importance already of the Shannon Estuary and its enormous potential. “It’s safe to say that before all the schools who entered this competition even got started, few of them knew about things like the 3,600 jobs or annual trade of €7.4bn that the estuary supports. But they got to grips with it quickly and the presentations today showed not just that but the awareness of the shipping industry they have garnered at an international level.
“It’s clear that the students put a lot of hard work and effort into the projects. They took ownership and showed initiative and in many instances consulted broadly outside their comfort zone, engaging with business leaders and representatives among others. I was particularly impressed that they thought big and looked beyond national borders.”