Leaving Certificate Biology: IBIOLI Gold Medal Winners, 2016

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Gold Medal Winners, 2016

Report written by Frank McGourty, IBIOLI Secretary


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Professor Richard O'Kennedy presents Saoirse with her Medal and Certificate
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Professor Richard O'Kennedy presents a Certificate of Commendation to Saoirse's teacher, Ms Karen Ward
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Professor Richard O'Kennedy presents Luke with the IBIOLI medal and Certificate
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Professor Richard O'Kennedy presents Ms Mary O'Dowd, Luke's teacher of Biology, with the IBIOLI Certificate of Commendation.

Friday night, November 18th 2016 marked the Institute of Biology of Ireland Annual Awards to the highest performing students in this year’s Leaving Certificate Biology examination.

This activity is just one of the many engaged in by the Institute (see www.ibioli.net) to disseminate and encourage interest in Biology at all levels in Ireland.


This year, the winning students were drawn from two schools:

Ms. Saoirse Pagel, Dominical College, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9; Teacher: Ms Karen Ward

Mr. Luke Eugene, Fehily, Coláiste Mhuire, Réalt na Mara, Crosshaven, Co. Cork; Teacher: Ms Mary O'Dowd


Each of the awardees were presented with a gold medal and a Certificate in recognition of their excellent achievements. In addition, the teacher of Biology of each of the students received a Certificate of Commendation, and each of the schools were presented with a Certificate.

This was a lovely occasion offering a real celebration of all the work that the students, their families, teachers and schools put into attaining such high standards in biology.

Speaking at the award ceremony, Prof. Richard O’Kennedy, President IBIOLI acknowledged the superb achievement of the winning students and paid tribute to the dedication and commitment of their teachers, their schools and parents.

In offering his warmest and enthusiastic congratulations to the winners, he also wished them success and satisfaction in their studies and, eventually, in their chosen careers.

The ceremony was followed by a stimulating lecture entitled "In Search of Sanctuary! Is it in the biologist's contract to inform and lead public policy and law towards environmental sustainability?" delivered by Brendan Price, Director of the Irish Seal Sanctuary.