Clare winner in ESB Networks safety competition

Clare winner in ESB Networks safety competition


Evan Ó Cualáin from Gaelscoil Mhíchíl Cíosóg with Arthur Byrne, Public Safety Manager, ESB Networks.


A young Ennis student has won a national award in the ESB Networks’ Stay Safe, Stay Clear programme which aimed at Primary Schools.

Evan Ó Cualáin from Gaelscoil Mhíchíl Cíosóg in Ennis was the Senior Munster winner of the poster competition.

The core objective of the ‘Stay Safe, Stay Clear’ is to educate Primary School children about how to stay safe when they are playing outdoors near electricity poles and overhead wires.

The programme provides a fun, exciting and educational way for pupils from Junior Infants to 6th Class to discover the benefits of electricity, while learning to be safe around it through lesson plans designed around curriculum strand units and learning objectives.

An element of the ‘Stay Safe, Stay Clear’ programme is the poster competition. School children are invited to share what they have learned about staying safe around electricity and ESB Networks’ six safety tips by entering our Poster Competition.

From these entries twelve winners are selected, six Junior category winners and six Senior category winners, winners are broken down into Regional and National winners.

These winning designs are then exhibited in the ESB Networks calendar, this calendar is sent to schools throughout Ireland and ESB Networks staff.

This year, ESB Networks hosted the inaugural ‘Stay Safe, Stay Clear’ prize giving ceremony. This ceremony celebrated the winners, showcasing their posters and culminated in a ceremony where winners were presented with their prizes.

The ceremony was held in ESB Networks, Leopardstown and included a presentation by ESB Networks Public Safety Manager, Arthur Byrne as well as a workshop and entertainment element.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.