Excitement was building all day in the corridors of Mulroy College in Milford as students and staff eagerly awaited the arrival of Prof. William Campbell.
Prof. Campbell was awarded a quarter Nobel prize in Medicine in 2015 for his work with bacteria and a compound avermectin which can kill off the roundworms that cause river blindness. He is the second Irish person, after Ernest Walton (1951) to receive the prestigious award.
A pin dropping could be heard as Prof. Campbell told students about his life spent growing up in lovely Ramelton and his work in Trinity College which cemented his interest in worms.His collaboration with a Japanese scientist Satoshi Omura led to the amazing discovery of the microbe in soil samples collected in Japan.
Students were regaled with tales of a fascinating professional life in Science spanning five decades which led to the development and production of ivermectin, a chemically modified form of avermectin which has proven effective against a growing number of other parasitic diseases.
Prof. Campbell chatted with a number of students from Mulroy who themselves have been successful in the scientific field. He was very interested to hear about their endeavours in the Young Scientist competition. Conor Bradley and Dylan Mc Bride spoke to him about their current project which scooped the top prize in Scifest Donegal recently. He wished them continued success in the national final in November.
A student commented “ that this was a chance in a lifetime to meet a Nobel Prizewinner.” while Conor Bradley mentioned that “ I couldn’t believe that after finding the antibiotic, it took a further 17 years to have the drug acknowledged. One thing that I learnt was never to give up trying.”
Everyone was very sad when the bell went to signify the end of the school day. Students headed off buzzing with scientific enthusiasm…..You never know…..Maybe the third Irish person who will win a nobel prize was among that lucky group!!
Principal, Fiona Temple, on behalf of the Science Dept openly thanked Prof. William Campbell for sharing his experience with the students. This was a historic day for the Science Dept in Mulroy College.
Mulroy College Staff and Students had an enjoyable week of sporting activity to mark the European Week of Sport 2016. A week long itinerary of events ensured that the school community were active through out the week as they participated in basketball, skipping, badminton and football. Students in the school community also participated in a ‘Drop Everything and Jog’ initiative where they all completed 1k as part of their school day. The week concluded on a beautiful Saturday morning with the school’s 10k and fun 5k. Well done to all participants and helpers on the day in ensuring that it was a great success.
Leaving Certificate form
Junior Certificate form
A very successful student book swap was held on the 10th of May, during lunchtime in the college courtyard.
The event was organised by Ms. Selina Bonner and Ms. Scátha Farrell. Students donated novels, biographies, magazines and annuals that they no longer wanted.
During the Book Swap they swapped these for “new” books to enjoy over their summer holidays!
The fantastic weather allowed us to hold this event outdoors in Ms. McKelvey’s beautiful school garden and Ms. Mc Ateer’s scrumptious buns, wraps and garlic bread magically disappeared! All students got a sweet treat, thanks to Ms. Dormion- Merci!
Raffle prizes were very kindly sponsored by Bodyworx Gym, Milford and Emmet and staff in the canteen. There was particular excitement over the “Skip the Queue on Chip Day” voucher.
Staff of the college also held their own book swap in the staff room with all literary tastes catered for.
Thanks again to all staff, students and sponsors for their books and participation on the day.