Three Athlone students win prize for research into food allergies

Three Athlone secondary school students have been recognised for their innovative research into food allergies.

The teenagers from Athlone Community College found that nearly 10% of students at their school have an allergy.

Yet only 15.8% of those affected were known to management and nearly a third believed if they had an anaphylactic shock it wouldn’t be well managed in school.

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The trio of Luke Coffey, Damien Kelly and Neil Hannon, who are all in transition year, have won a merit award in the CSO’s John Hooper Medal for Statistics competition.

They’ve compiled a sample Allergy Management Plan for schools having discovered that only 14% of secondary schools have one.

Maths teacher Meighan Duffy says the students became interested in the subject following recent allergy related tragedies.