Science Week 2019

Irish Water is delighted to take part in Science Week 2019 with a host of events taking place across the country.

Taking place from 10 to 17 November, 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 is delighted to be taking part in Science Week 2019 with a host of events taking place across the country.

Staff from each of our regions will be meeting students, speaking about their various career paths and 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 will host a stand at Sligo Science Festival, which is a family event held in Sligo IT. The team will be on hand to discuss our Think Before You Flush campaign, carry out demonstrations on water treatment and lots of other science-related topics. 

Thursday 14 November

Live Radio Broadcast from Lough Guitane Water Treatment Plant

Irish Water will be coming to you live from the Deirdre Walsh, Talkabout Show on Radio Kerry between 1:30 and 3pm on Thursday talking about water and waste water treatment, how Science plays an integral role in what we do, our projects and the work we do in Kerry in partnership with Kerry County Council. 

Green Schools Water Forum

Irish Water will be participating in a workshop in conjunction with Green Schools. Students and teachers will learn 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 will visit their local primary school, talk to students and their teachers about the importance of water, how we apply science in water and wastewater treatment as well as doing lots of fun experiments. 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Paul Cahill, Waste Water Compliance Analyst

I enjoy using science to solve problems and make improvements that benefit the environment.

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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.

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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. 

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More information

For more information about all the Science Week events taking place across the country, visit the Science Week 2019 website.

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