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Irish Secondary Schools ‘Rocketing’ to success as winners of Ireland’s Young Food Entrepreneur competition are announced

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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.

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Ahmadiyya Muslim Association to host webinar on community cohesion during COVID-19

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The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association of Ireland is to host a webinar discussing community cohesion during COVID-19.

The online event will bring a number of key speakers together to discuss various issues around COVID-19 and the need for community resilience.

These include, Minister for Public Health Frank Feighan, Galway West Sinn Fein TD Mairead Farrell and Assistant Garda Commissioner Paula Hilman.

The webinar will be streamed live on YouTube this Saturday, 28th November, at 5:00 pm.

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Over 1100 COVID-19 tests carried out in Galway last week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 1,100 COVID-19 tests were carried out in Galway last week.

966 of these were carried out at the Carnmore testing base at the former Galway Airport site.

154 were completed at the testing base at the NUIG campus.

The volume of tests has significantly reduced in recent weeks when compared to early November when 2,400 tests were carried out.

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NUI Galway coordinates first in man clinical trial of pioneering approach heart bypass surgery

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A high-level research team from NUI Galway is coordinating the first in man trial of a pioneering approach to bypass surgery.

The study will see surgeons plan and carry out coronary artery bypass grafting, based solely on non-invasive CT images of the patient’s coronary arteries.

The location and severity of blockages are assessed using CT scans after dye is put in a vein of the arm, without the need for invasive catheterisation.

The trial is being lead by the University’s CORRIB Research Centre for Advanced Imaging and Core Lab.

Researchers say the results of the trial have the potential to simplify the treatment for patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting.

The study is being conducted across Europe on 114 patients who have severe blockages in multiple vessels which are limiting blood flow to the heart muscle.

Chairperson of the trial and NUIG Professor Patrick Serruys says the results could lead to a dramatic change in health care.

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