Two Cork teenagers tonight clinched top prize in a Europe-wide science competition.
Students John D O’Callaghan and Liam McCarthy, winners of this year’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, won the EU Young Scientist Contest in Paris.
The pair, both aged 14 and students at Kinsale Community School, will share a €7,000 windfall.
The boys came up with a method to test fresh milk for infection and the project was praised when it clinched the BT award in January.
Since then they have worked hard developing the project further for the EU contest.
Chris Clark, BT CEO, said: “This is fantastic news and we are very proud of John D and Liam’s latest achievement.
“John D and Liam are an inspiration to others so I hope the news of this win inspires students throughout the island to enter the 2010 exhibition.”
In the past 21 years of the EU contest, Irish entrants have taken home 11 awards in total.