Three young women from Kinsale win the grand prize at the Google science fair

With regards to girls doing well with the love and support of their community, the news from west Cork is hopeful

Ciara Judge, 16, Emer Hickey, 17, and Sophie Healy-Thow, 17, were noted for their discovery of bacteria that deposits nitrogen from the atmosphere into soil.

The Kinsale Community College students scooped the grand prize at the Google Science Fair in California last month.

They discovered that a naturally occurring bacteria in soil could be used to speed up the germination process of certain crops by up to 50%.

They then went on to scoop the top award in their category at the EU Young Scientist of the year competition, before their project was deemed the overall winner of the Google prize.

At the other end of the scale, Dr Chryssa Kouveliotou gave this great speech during the summer on her singular path to the top, at a time and place (Greece) when women were not expected to excel in science…

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty