Presentation of Awards for Co-operation is Cool Project

Laois Education Centre Thursday 29th March 2007



225 pupils from 9 Primary and Post Primary schools exhibited 11 projects in the Co-operation is Cool projects and the result of their work was evaluated on Thursday 29th March in Laois Education Centre.  The pupils have been supported by their teachers, the curriculum resource materials prepared by Paddy Bates of Laois Education Centre, parents, community and Glanbia personnel in preparing their projects on Co-operation. 


Prize Winners:







Ballyadams NS, Athy, Co Laois 

Ploughing Ahead


Kathleen            O’ Connor

1st Primary

Scoil Bhride, Ballyboy, Kilcormac, Offaly


Co-operation can Cool our Climate

Fionnuala Lee & Helen Callaghan

1st Post Primary

Tullamore College

Tullamore, Offaly

Lingo Ltd.

Renee Gallagher

2nd Primary

St Brigid’s NS, Croghan, Offaly

Co-operation Counts at Home and Abroad

Gerry Hickey

3rd Primary

Coolderry NS

Birr, Co Offaly

Past, Present, Future

Una Teehan

Logo Competition

Castlecuffe NS, Clonaslee,

Co Laois

Games we can all Play

Bridie Dunne & Maureen Butterfield


New Entrant

Wolfhill NS, Wolfhill, Co Laois  

Co-operation in Operation

Marie O’ Connor & Kathleen Boland

International Project

Coláiste Naomh Cormac, Kilcormac,

Co Offaly

Sharing Cultures in the European Community

Camille King & Marion Drennan

Work with Special School

Timahoe NS


 Co Laois 

Farm Animals

Enda Hickey

Best Presentation

Tullamore College

Tullamore, Offaly


Renee Gallagher

Social Commitment

Tullamore College

Tullamore, Offaly

Y.S.I. Gemini Ltd

Renee Gallagher


Glanbia and Laois Leader provide the prizes for this competition which include Data Projector, Laptops, Digital Cameras, Colour Laser Printers and Webcams.  Each participating school received a copy of Office and Publisher software and each participating student received a certificate.



The project was evaluated by:

            Orla Mulligan                          Laois LEADER

            Dominic McEvoy                   Former National Co-ordinator of NCTE and

                                                            Deputy Principal

            Bridie Dunne                         Retired Primary School Teacher

            Sarah Fitzpatrick                   Deputy CEO of NCCA

            Sean Hearn                           Initiator of Project

            Evelyn Reddin                       Laois County Enterprise Board


The adjudication panel announced the winners and made the following comments:

- The very high and excellent standard of the projects

- Complimented students on their presentation of the projects and the pride, passion and belief they had in their work.

- Delighted with the use of IT – digital cameras and camcorders in recording the progress of each project.

- The international links schools have is very impressive.


John Carroll on behalf of Glanbia committee members said he was delighted with the outstanding quality of all the work in the exhibition.  Glanbia are delighted and proud to be associated with Laois Education Centre and Laois LEADER in promoting this project in schools.  John thanked the judges, the teachers and the pupils for their dedication and hard work.


Paddy Bates, Project Co-ordinator welcomed and thanked teachers, parents, pupils, judges, Glanbia committee members who visited schools and the partners Glanbia and LEADER.