Science Week 2019
Science Week is an annual week-long event, supported by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), celebrating science in peoples’ everyday lives. It is a collaboration of events involving industry, colleges, schools, libraries, teachers, researchers and students throughout Ireland.
Irish Water was delighted to take part in Science Week 2019, hosting numerous events across the country.
Staff from each of our regions met with students throughout Ireland and spoke about their various career paths, encouraging them to consider exciting careers in science and related fields.
Irish Water employs almost 800 staff across the country in a variety of disciplines including engineering, environment, science, health and safety, HR, finance, legal, planning and communications.
Sunday 10 November
Sligo Science Festival at Sligo IT
Irish Water hosted a stand at Sligo Science Festival, which is a yearly family event held in Sligo IT. The team were on hand to discuss our Think Before You Flush campaign and carried out demonstrations on water treatment and other science-related topics.
Thursday 14 November
Live Radio Broadcast from Lough Guitane Water Treatment Plant
Irish Water joined the Talkabout Show with Deirdre Walsh live on Radio Kerry and spoke about water and waste water treatment and how science plays an integral role in the work that we do. We also spoke about our projects to improve the water and wastewater services across Kerry in partnership with Kerry County Council.
Green Schools Water Forum
Irish Water, in conjunction with Green Schools, participated in a workshop with local students and teachers to demonstrate how science is applied to treating water and making sure it is safe for human consumption.
Friday 15 November
School Workshop in Castlebar
Irish Water staff visited their local primary schools and spoke to students and their teachers about the importance of water and how we apply science in water and wastewater treatment everyday.
Our Irish Water Scientists
Brian Deegan, Environmental and Ecological Assessment Specialist
Together with my team we’re responsible for assessing the potential environmental impacts associated with numerous Irish Water projects and activities, identifying ways to avoid or reduce these impacts. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not good enough or smart enough, you can achieve anything that you want in life, if you’re willing to work hard.
Francis Glancy, Drinking Water Compliance Analyst
My role is about safeguarding the water supply for homes and businesses in Louth and Meath. We take raw water and put it through a complex treatment process so you can use it safely every day. We process around 1.9 billion litres of water every single day.
Cait Gleeson, Environmental Scientist
I get to work with amazing people, be they chemists, microbiologists, hydrogeologists, civil and mechanical engineers, IT architects and so many other people with STEM backgrounds.
Christina Geraghty, Waste Water Compliance Analyst
I love the fact that I am helping to protect the environment so that it will be there for future generations to enjoy.
Aodhnait Ní Chathasaigh, Drinking Water Compliance Analyst
Every day is different. Dealing with the different Local Authorities and the many different issues that arise in terms of water quality provides lots of challenges which have to be dealt with.
Paul Cahill, Waste Water Compliance Analyst
I enjoy using science to solve problems and make improvements that benefit the environment.
Joanne McGuinness, Regional Wastewater Compliance Specialist
My role is about safeguarding our environment and overseeing the compliance of our wastewater treatment plants across the region. I have always loved nature and the great outdoors and that is where my interest in Science stems from.
Siobhan Clifford, Drinking Water Compliance Analyst
Engineering and science are so flexible; you can start in one place and end up somewhere completely different, not just in terms of your career, but your location.