Shannon Foynes Port Company ‘COMPASS’ competition was established to raise awareness of the potential of the Shannon Estuary and SFPC as an economic driver of national importance. This year’s Compass TY competition was based on the theme ‘Transforming the Waves of the Shannon Estuary – Developing Alternative Energy Opportunities’. Five schools were shortlisted from a record number of entries for the competition from schools across Clare, Kerry and Limerick. The Awards Ceremony of the competition was held at the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum on Friday, February 8th. The winners were presented with their awards by Minister of State at the Department of Finance Patrick O’Donovan. Also present were Limerick’s All-Ireland winning manager John Kiely, MEP Sean Kelly among other invitees from social, educational and political life in the region. Centre for Robotics and Intelligent Systems (CRIS) team member Joseph Coleman was one of the judges together with Committee Chairman and SFPC Harbour Master Mick Kennelly; Helen Downes, CEO of Shannon Chamber; Anne Morris, Skillnet Manager Limerick Chamber; and Lindsay Sharpe, Strategic Marketing Specialist, ESB Networks.