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12 September: Pictured are Shane O’Connor and Liam Carew, 2023 BT Young Scientist and Technology Winners, meeting An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D., and Shay Walsh, Managing Director, BT Ireland, at Government Buildings, Dublin, ahead of their departure to the European Union Contest for Young Scientists 2023 (EUCYS) where they will represent Ireland.

Shane and Liam’s project, titled “Assessing the impact of second level education on key aspects of adolescents’ life and development” won the top prize at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) 2023, and will be on display again at the EUCYS in Brussels from 13th-17th September.

An Taoiseach met with Shane and Liam to wish them good luck as they head to Brussels to represent Ireland at one of the largest and most important student science fairs in the world. Each year, EUCYS showcases the best of scientific achievement in the European Union and beyond, and over the past 33 years Ireland has an exceptional track record in this competition, having won 17 first place prizes. Shane and Liam hope to continue this trajectory, competing against over 130 participants from 36 countries throughout the EU, as well as the United States, South Korea and Ukraine.

Shay Walsh, Managing Director at BT Ireland said, “From all of us here at BT Ireland, we want to wish Shane and Liam the very best of luck at the EU Contest for Young Scientists. Their winning BTYSTE project provided invaluable insights into the impact of secondary level education on young people – their project is an example of the exceptional talent amongst secondary school students across the island of Ireland. I look forward to cheering them on as they present their fantastic project to the judges in Brussels.”

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