Congratulations to budding young economists in Our Lady’s Castleblayney who were successful in the Young Economist of the Year competition held in UCD on May 2nd, taking home an impressive haul of two silver and three bronze medals. This competition which attracted a huge entry, showcases and acknowledges the work of students and their teachers in creating innovative projects across a range of economic concepts and topics.

There were five project teams from our Our Lady’s invited to display their work on the day. Maria Duffy and Mia Mackie investigated the contribution of women to economic growth over the decades and earned a silver medal for their work. Gordon Chi and Ciaran Martin researched the effects of the US China trade war and claimed silver for their efforts. Andrew Duffy and Cormac McCusker chose to do their project on the effects of Article 13 and earned a bronze medal, as did Louise Murphy and Kornelia Liqudzinska for their project on possible careers in Economics. Joshua Ward and Joseph McNaney investigated a very topical issue on the economic effects of a possible united Republic of Ireland as a consequence of Brexit and earned bronze. The students had the opportunity to speak with Dr Brian O’Boyle, lecturer in Economics in St Angela’s College, Sligo and Associate Professor Kevin Denny who is senior lecturer in Economics in UCD as they visited their stands and discussed their projects with them, both academics being extremely impressed with the students’ work and their ability to converse on the topics.

Economics teacher, Ms Kathryn Clarke was fulsome in her praise of her students whom she said had really embraced the competition and showed great initiative and interest in the topics they had chosen to explore, they are already looking forward to next year’s competition!

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The students finished their day in Dublin with a visit to the Central Bank of Ireland where they had a guided tour of the two current exhibitions, the first was “75 years of change – the story of the Central Bank of Ireland” and the second was “Pounds, Shillings and Independence” which explores the development of an independent Irish currency from 1922 to present day.  The new Governor of the Central Bank, Gabriel Makhlouf from New Zealand was actually appointed on the day that they visited, a day to remember.

Congratulations to all concerned!