Today the 7 students of first and second-year from Colaiste Ghobnait on Inisheer Island were crowned Grow to CEO 2018 champions at Grow HQ Waterford. The winning team along with five other teams were chosen from over 7,000 student entries by a panel of judges which included Cully, Sully, Michael Kelly from GIY and special guest judge, wellness and food author Rozanna Purcell. The secondary school finalists from all across the country battled it out at a coveted ‘Dragon’s Den’ style final today at Grow HQ in Waterford.
Earlier in the year each secondary school across Ireland were challenged by GIY and Cully & Sully to enter the ‘Grow 2 CEO’ competition and combine their food growing and entrepreneurial skills by gorwing rocket, following a series of challenges, growing their own food and using it to devise a delicious soup recipe along with a complimentary branding and a marketing for their new enterprise.
Six schools and teams were shortlisted in the challenge, being: Blackwater Community School in County Waterford, Colaiste Ghobnait in County Galway, Cnoc Mhuire in County Longford, Errigal College in County Donegal, St Augustine’s college in County Waterford and St Colman’s Community College in County Cork. All teams (May 17th) presented their business plan at a ‘Dragons’ Den’ style showcase at GIY’s national food education centre ‘GROW HQ’ in Waterford City. The students showcased their business idea to the judges. During the showcase, the judges carried out a series of taste tests and learned the business plans developed by the students.
The winning team of Jackie Ni hUallachain, Aoibhin Ni Chonghaile, Patrick O’Domhnaill, Jack O’Domhnaill, Aoife Ni Chonaill, Alex Burtenshaw and Michael Finn from Colaiste Ghobnait were selected and crowned the overall champions. Commenting on the occasion their teacher Sharon O’Donnell said, “I am so proud of the dedication and the hard work that all of the students put into this competition , their commitment to learning how to and growing their own food is inspirational, the students and I would like to thank the Islanders and the community of Inisheer for sharing their vast knowledge of using local seaweeds and growing food on the island organically and more.”
The winning students were awarded a prize pot of €5,000 which includes a €3,000 food garden for their school on Inisheer Island, an iPad for each of the winning team members, a trip to Ballymaloe for their teacher Sharon O’Donnell.
Commenting at the awards event today, Michael Kelly said, “The competition overall this year has been a phenomenal success, it is really interesting to see the keen level of interest and the vast knowledge that teenagers have about their food – they are far more interested than their peers of ten or twenty years ago. The presentations from the students today and the recipes and tastes could well have come from professional food businesses; the winners Jackie, Aoibhin, Patrick, Jack, Aoife, Alex and Michael with their Rugged Rocket Soup, Wild Atlantic Soda Bread and Aran Goat’s Cheese recipes are very inspiring and I sincerely hope that they consider a career in food or food entrepreneurship in the future.”
Speaking at the final, Cullen Allen of Cully and Sully said, “The students have really blown us away, not just today, but since ‘Grow 2 CEO’ kicked off in April. Their dedication to the campaign and completion of the tasks week in and out was a testament to the students and their supportive teachers. At Cully & Sully, we strongly believe that knowing about where your food comes from and the importance of growing your own is something that everyone should be learning and have the ability to partake in from a young age. We hope that the Grow 2 CEO campaign will encourage more students and schools to make growing and food nutrition a bigger part of the curriculum.
Through the initiative, growing kits were delivered to 7,000 students across the country. The kits included everything the students required in order to grow rocket leaves including seeds, pots, soil and plenty of growing tips from GIY. The winning recipe can be found online at http://www.cullyandsully.com/ourgarden
GIY and Cully & Sully today presented the award of “Grow 2 CEO” Champions to Jackie Ni hUallachain, Aoibhin Ni Chonghaile, Patrick O Domhnaill, Jack O’Domhnaill, Aoife Ni Chonaill, Alex Burtenshaw and Michael Finn from Colaiste Ghobnait with their teacher Sharon Uí Domhnaill on Inisheer Island – Ireland’s newest young food entrepreneurs fought off some tough competition from 7,000 of other student entrants and won with their delicious new Rugged Rocket Soup soup recipe. Pictured are the winners along with the founder of GIY Michael Kelly and Sully of ‘Cully & Sully’ along with the competition’s guest judge Roz Purcell. The winning recipe can be found online via cullyandsully.com/ourgarden – Photo Patrick Browne.
Public appeal over low uptake of vaccines at Ballybrit among younger age groups
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s a significantly reduced uptake in Covid-19 vaccinations at Ballybrit among the 18 to 30 year old age group.
That’s according to Saolta Chief Director of Nursing Paul Hooton, who says the drop-off is very significant when compared to older age coherts, most of which have an over 90 percent uptake.
But he says among 18 to 30 year olds, who are now being vaccinated, registration rates are only around 65 percent.
Overall, over 140 thousand people have been vaccinated at the Ballybrit center so far, with 2,500 people receiving a dose per day at peak operation.
Paul Hooton is urging younger people to get registered and get vaccinated.
Plan for major high rise student accommodation on Headford road approved by An Bord Pleanála
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A plan for a major high rise student accommodation development on the Headford road has been approved by An Bord Pleanála.
The proposed eight storey development adjacent to Galway Retail Park was approved by city planners in February and was later appealed by An Taisce.
The plan sets out to see the creation of 254 student beds, four retail units and a gym.
The application is led by Cleverson Ltd and includes a mix of one and two bed studio apartments along with four, five, six and seven bed units across six floors.
The plans would also see the demolition of an existing ESB unit enclosure and the creation of a 2,385 square metre development.
City planners approved the proposal in February with 28 conditions attached.
An Taisce then appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanála.
Among the concerns listed in the grounds of appeal is an argument that the application decision was premature and failed to acknowledge directions voted for in the 2011-2017 Development Plan which called for the preparation of a local area plan incorporating lands in this area.
It’s also argued that the current City Development Plan also calls for a density and building heights study, through variation number 5.
The board has now backed the city council decision to approve the development and has attached 28 revised conditions.
One states the development is only to be used as student accommodation but can be used as visitor accommodation outside of the academic terms.
Galway TD slams Government disregard for Irish language communities during pandemic
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD is slamming the Government’s disregard for Irish language communities during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Deputy Mairead Farrell first points to a recent situation where Irish names were spelled incorrectly on the EU Digital Covid Certificate.
She further notes it’s not possible to register for the vaccine through Irish.
Deputy Farrell says the Health Minister has since indicated that they intend to fully develop the registration portal to ensure people can register in Irish.
However, she points out this vague commitment is being given seven months after the commencement of the vaccine programme.
Deputy Farrell also says there are plans to offer an Irish language version of the EU Digital Covid Certificate.
But she questions if we’ll be left waiting another seven months for that document to be made available as well.
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