Wednesday 05 April 2017
Scoil Naomh Eltin Win ‘Best Overall Project’ in Port of Cork Schools Initiative 2017
Chairman of the Port of Cork John Mullins today announced Scoil Naomh Eltin, Kinsale as the winners of ‘Best Overall Project’ in the Port of Cork Schools Initiative 2017. The schools initiative theme ‘WW1 – The U.S Navy in Cork Harbour 1917’ saw twenty three primary schools from across Cork City and County submit a project.
There were three joint prizes for ‘Best Artwork’ which was given to Shanbally National School, Gaelscoil Na Duglaise and Scoil Mhuire Naoifa for their excellent efforts.
Port of Cork Chairman John Mullins reminded all participating classes that as well as receiving a certificate of participation, every class will be treated to a high speed, fun filled boat trip around Cork Harbour, compliments of the Port of Cork. As an extra special prize, best overall winners Scoil Naomh Eltin will go on board a cruise liner in May for a tour of the ship.
Speaking about the school projects, the Chairman of the Port of Cork, John Mullins said; ‘Massive congratulations to all the participating primary schools and a huge thank you to all the 5th class teachers who put in time and effort into their project.’
He continued: ‘This year’s theme focused on the U.S navy’s arrival into Cork Harbour in 1917 when on the 4th May Commander Joseph Taussig of USS Wadsworth led six destroyers of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet into Cork Harbour. The arrival of the Americans in 1917 continued a long association between Cork Harbour and the United States that stretched back to the American Revolution and beyond. It is only fitting that we mark this great piece of maritime history in Cork harbour.’
The Port of Cork Schools Initiative aims to educate 5th class primary school children not only about the Port of Cork but most importantly about Cork Harbour, its rich maritime history and the trade and business connections. The initiative is run annually and this year is the twelfth year of the Port of Cork Schools Initiative.
All projects are currently on display at the Cobh Maritime Building, located on the platform at Cobh Railway Station. Cobh Maritime Building is open to the public daily from 11am to 4pm.
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