Irish Water hosted a virtual event today to celebrate Science Week with students and staff from Timoleague National School. Scientists from Irish Water spoke to students about what inspired them to study science, what they do everyday and what they love about their careers.

They also showed some of the, ‘Story of Water’ documentary, which gives a great insight into the work Irish Water is doing to improve water and wastewater treatment across the country, including in Timoleague and Courtmacsherry, where Irish Water has recently completed a brand new wastewater treatment plant.

Aisling Buckley, Irish Water Regional Communications team commented:

Today’s event was all about Science and celebrating how it is part of our every day lives. In Irish Water, our scientists ensure that water is safe to drink and wastewater does not negatively impact on our environment. Everything we do is founded in science. We were delighted to meet students and staff from Timoleague National School today and talk to them about science and in doing so, hopefully we have inspired some scientists of the future.“

Marie Feehan, Irish Water Regional Wastewater Compliance Analyst said:

We hope that the students in Timoleage National School enjoyed today’s online event. They were a very engaging group; some of the students have even visited the brand new Courtmacsherry and Timoleague wastewater treatment plant, so they are showing great promise as budding scientists and engineers of the future. We even managed to do a few experiments virtually, which was a first, but worked out well.”

Norma Harte, Principal of Timoleague National School, said:

We have a great tradition of celebrating Science Week in Timoleague NS and it was a fitting way to end Science Week 2020 with a virtual session highlighting the world of Science in our local area.


Science Week is an annual week-long event supported by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) in Ireland each November, celebrating science in peoples’ everyday lives. It is a collaboration of events involving industry, colleges, schools, libraries, teachers, researchers and students throughout Ireland.

The core theme for Science Week 2020 is ‘Science Week – Choosing our Future’ focusing on how science can improve our lives in the future, and in the present. This will explore how science can help us to make positive choices that will impact the environment, our health, and our quality of life. Changes based in scientific evidence that we make today can hugely improve our future life, but also right now. The subject matter is broad and will incorporate topics such as the future of work, the future of health and wellbeing and how we will all live in a world where we have had to mitigate and adapt to the challenges facing society.

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