Dublin trio scoop award at Young Scientist Exibition

29 January, 2007. Shona O’Brien, Grainne Quinn and Emma Roche from St Joseph’s College, Lucan, Co. Dublin won the coveted safefood award at The Young Scientists Exhibition in the RDS, Dublin on Friday 12th January 2007. Their winning project investigated the beneficial health effects of honey.

The award was presented by Suzanne Doran, Director Marketing and Communications, safefood. Speaking at the awards ceremony, Ms Doran congratulated the girls on their success. “safefood is delighted to be associated with The Young Scientists exhibition, in particular in fostering an interest in the food sciences. The Young Scientist exhibition enables students to bring science out of the classroom and into the world around us’.

Shona, Grainne and Emma’s project compared the positive health effects of Manuka honey with Irish honey. The project concluded that while Manuka honey is an excellent functional food in terms of fighting infection, Irish honey is equally as good and is one third of the cost of Manuka honey.

“Shona, Grainne and Emma’s project was a great project, grounded in excellent science. The project was well thought out and detailed laboratory studies were undertaken. The research highlighted the health benefits of Irish honey as a superfood. A superfood is a food with special properties that impact positively on people’s health, but all too often, gets overlooked. This project proved that superfoods are not as ‘ordinary’ as we may think and can be just as beneficial”, added Ms. Doran.


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