Aoife Kearns, winner of the SFI Best Project Award at SciFest 2016 in IT Sligo, was the recipient of a 2017 Naughton Scholarship. Aoife was presented with an Excellence in STEM Award at the 2016 SciFest national final by Dr Ruth Freeman, Director, Strategy and Communications, SFI. Aoife is following in the footsteps of previous SciFest winners, Christopher Carragher and Simon Bluett.


Christopher Carragher winner of SciFest 2014Christopher Carragher, then a student at our Lady’s Secondary School in Castleblayney, travelled to Pittsburgh in May 2015 with his project, Memory Buddy, to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), where he represented Ireland as the overall winner of SciFest 2014. Christopher took first place in the Senior Individual section of the Technology category. He also won a special prize awarded by the Health Products Regulatory Authority.

Christopher was awarded one of the 2015 Naughton Scholarships and is now studying Engineering at DCU.

Christopher's teacher was Kathryn Higgins who also won the Intel Teacher of Excellence award at the 2014 SciFest national final.


From St Vincent’s Secondary School in Dundalk, Rachel Ní Dhonnachdha, with her sister Shannon, won the Long Night of Science in Berlin award at the 2014 SciFest final for their project, Karate: The science of punching. Rachel won the Best Individual prize. She also won a special prize, the Perrigo Student Award.

Rachel's and Shannon's teacher was John White.



Megan Duffy and Zoe McGirr from Oakgrove Integrated College in Derry were finalists at the SciFest 2014 final with their project, A seed harvesting kit for subsistence farmers in developing countries. The girls won a special prize awarded by Irish Aid and Gorta Self Help Africa.

Megan's and Zoe's teacher was Christine Gilmore.



Conor Begley, from Coláiste Rís in Dundalk, took away a runner-up prize at the 2013 SciFest final for his project, Early Warning of Concentrated Hydrogen Sulfide Gas. Conor took second place in the Senior Individual section of the Technology category. He also won a special award, the Analog Student Travel Award.

Conor's teacher was Evan Markey.



Rian Cathgart won the space award at the 2014 SciFest@College in Dundalk IT for his project, An investigation into the aerodynamic impact of the shape and size of a plastic capsule and the impact on the capsules propellant by air: The Rocket Messenger. Rian is a student in Ardgillan Community College, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin. He won second place in the Junior Individual section of the Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences category.

Rian's teacher was Theresa Gannon.

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