Congratulations to the 2017 Winners of ReelLIFE SCIENCE Awards!

Congratulations to this year’s winners of the nationwide ReelLIFE SCIENCE video competition. The ReelLIFE SCIENCE videos will be shown to the general public and the winners will be receiving their awards at our Exhibition Day this Sunday 26th November at NUI Galway:


The 2017 Award Winners are

  • Best Primary – Sooey Primary School, Co. Sligo
  • Best Secondary – Davitt College in Castlebar, Co. Mayo
  • Best Community – Corofin Foróige group from Corofin, Co. Galway.


Primary Winners Sooey National School


25 fifth and sixth class students from Sooey National School dramatised the battle invading bacteria face when they meet the immune system in their video ‘How the Immune System Works’.


Fifth and sixth class students from Sooey NS, Sooey Co. Sligo celebrate their winning ‘How the Immune System Works’ video. Photographer Thomas Egan


Secondary Winners Davitt College


A group of 11 Davitt College Transition Year students explored the use of forensics in the entertaining whodunnit ‘The Death of Paul Donovan’.



Fourth year Davitt College students with their teacher Fiona O’Connor (back row middle) celebrate their winning ‘The Death of Paul Donovan’ video.


Community Winners – Corofin Forige


Five members of the Corofin Foróige group used animation to produce ‘The Immune System Simplified’.



Members of the Corofin Foróige group with ReelLIFE SCIENCE Director Dr Enda O’Connell (centre). Photographer Siobhan Gaughan




Based in NUI Galway and supported by the Science Foundation Ireland Discover programme, the Community Knowledge Initiative and the CÚRAM Centre for Research in Medical Devices, ReelLIFE SCIENCE challenges Irish schools and community to communicate science via engaging and educational short videos. This challenge was met by more than 1,500 students in 83 schools and groups around Ireland, producing over 180 short science videos on a range of topics in both English and Irish.


This year’s judges included

  • Trinity College Dublin Professor and Royal Society Fellow Luke O’Neill, BT Young Scientist & Technologist of the Year 2017,
  • Shane Curran from Terenure College Dublin and NASA Spacecraft systems engineer and
  • aspiring astronaut Amber Gell, who said “all of these students should feel like winners, because they did an exceptional job with their entries. I had a lot of fun watching the videos and learning more about their favourite science concepts. You’re only as good as your competition and the ReelLIFE SCIENCE competition clearly brings out the best in us. It stirs a healthy public interest in science and inspires so many great minds to compete.”



Other prize winners included:

  • St Hugh’s National School from Dowra, Co. Leitrim
  • Gaelscoil Riabhach from Loughrea, Co. Galway
  • Coláiste Muire, Ennis, Co. Clare
  • Coláiste Lorcáin, Castledermot, Co. Kildare
  • Olivia Ng from the BrainMatTrain programme
  • Keira Corcoran from the Westside Youth Project, Galway City


All videos can be viewed at and will be shown to the general public as part of the Galway Science and Technology Exhibition, held in NUI Galway on Sunday, 26 November.