ESB Networks announce winners in National ‘Stay Safe, Stay Clear’ primary schools competition

  • Alice O’Shaughnessy-Larkin from Scoil Mhuire na nGael Dundalk, Co, Louth, is the Junior National winner
  • Tasnuvu Rafiq from Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Illistrin, Letterkenny, Co Donegal is the Senior National winner

1 December 2016

ESB Networks were delighted with the large number of entries to our safety initiative for Primary Schools for the 2016/17 school year. This safety campaign is part of ESB Networks’ sponsorship of the Road Safety Authority high visibility jacket campaign for all Junior Schools.

The campaign, titled “Stay Safe, Stay Clear” had the core objective of educating Primary School children about how to stay safe when they are playing outdoors near electricity poles and overhead wires.

The initiative includes online lesson plans for the Junior School science curriculum along with, an interactive game and a poster competition which highlighted the six key safety tips for children, which are:  

  • Never climb trees near overhead lines
  • Never fly a kite near overhead wires
  • Never fish near overhead wires
  • Never approach a fallen wire, tell an adult
  • Never climb a pylon
  • Stay away from places marked with a danger sign.

We are delighted to announce that Alice O’Shaughnessy-Larkin from Scoil Mhuire na nGael, Bay Estate, Dundalk, Co, Louth, is the Junior National winner of ESB Networks Stay Safe, Stay Clear, electrical safety poster competition. Tasnuvu Rafiq from Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Illistrin, Letterkenny, Co Donegal is the Senior National winner.

Arthur Byrne, Safety Manager, ESB Networks said; ‘A huge congratulations to the winners and to everyone who took part in this competition. We are delighted that there were so many excellent and inspiring entries. The competition entries showed how aware and engaged the pupils became with the importance of electrical safety, when taking part in the Stay Safe, Stay Clear programme. We believe that encouraging young people to engage with safety is an important part of their education and we are happy to support that.’

The overall winner receives a prize of €1,000 for their school and the regional winners receive a prize of €250 for their school.

The winning entries will be showcased in a Stay Safe, Stay Clear, 2017 calendar which will be sent to every primary school in the country.

Stay Safe, Stay Clear Programme was sent out to 3,500 primary schools. Lesson plans relating to electrical safety, a new online game ‘Stay Safe, Stay Clear’ and the Stay Safe, Stay Clear - Six Safety Tips are available on www.esbnetworks.ie/education.

The Regional winners are:

Ulster winners, Senior, Diana Nauziete, Scoil Naomh Bríd, Ballyconnell, Co Cavan. Junior winner, Caolfhionn Wimsey, St. Boden’s N.S. Culdaff, Co Donegal.

Munster winners, Senior, Alyssa Long, Scoil An Spioraid Naomh, Roxborough, Ballysheedy, Co Limerick. Junior winner, David Mac Aodha, Knockaclarig N.S. Brosna, Tralee, Co Kerry.

Leinster winners, Senior, Melezia Cristal, Scoil Mhuire na nGael, Bay Estate, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Junior winner, Katriel Praise, Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Green Lane, Co Carlow.

Connacht Winners, Senior, Caítríona Seoighe, Scoil Raifteirí, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Junior winner, Roisin Heneghan, St. John’s N.S. Logboy, Tulrahan, Claremorris, Co Mayo.

Senior Highly commended: Fionnan Neary, Beaumont Hospital School, Co Dublin, Junior Highly commended, Luke Kelly, Derrylamogue N.S., Rosenallis, Co Laois.