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Journalism award for Ennis’ Eoin

AN Ennis student has been named as the overall winner of a prestigious all-Ireland competition. DCU student Eoin Murphy is the 2021 winner of the €2,000 Mary Mulvihill Award, the science media competition for third-level students that commemorates the legacy of science journalist and author Mary Mulvihill (1959–2015). Eoin, a student on DCU’s MSc in Science and Health Communication programme, won the top prize for his audio documentary Black Market Oxygen – The Peru Project, which examined the contrasting experiences of Ireland and Peru during the Covid-19 pandemic. The piece was inspired by a photograph in The Guardian showing a stand-off between hundreds of impoverished and desperate families attempting to leave Peru’s capital, Lima, on foot to return to their home villages, and riot police, who blocked their path in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The documentary, which Eoin wrote and narrated, is a stark reminder that old age and underlying conditions are not the only …

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Ennis’ Zainab Boladale appointed to DCU’s governing authority

ENNIS TV presenter and journalist Zainab Boladale has been appointed to Dublin City University’s governing authority. Currently working on RTÉ’s Nationwide Zainab was born in Lagos before growing up in the county capital. She graduated from DCU with a BA Journalism in 2017 and was named Journalist of the Year at the DCU Hybrid Awards and also nominated in the same category in the Union of Students in Ireland Student Achievement Awards. In that same year, she made her debut on TV as the presenter of RTÉ’s children’s programme, news2day and in doing so she also became the first Afro-Irish woman on Irish TV news. Welcoming her appointment, the Chancellor of the University, Dr Martin McAleese said, “All members of DCU’s Governing Authority welcome Zainab’s appointment as its newest member and I know they all look forward to working with her. She will bring a depth of knowledge, insight, energy and a new perspective and will contribute positively to its work as …

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Low fitness levels among teens

NEW research has  found a measurable negative impact on the health of blood vessels in 15 and 16-year-old boys with low fitness levels. This disturbing detail was released to mark the launch of Aviva Health’s Schools’ Fitness Challenge 2015 Boys with low fitness levels, who performed poorly in a 20m shuttle run test, were also more likely to be overweight, have higher blood pressure and cholesterol when compared to children with moderate to high fitness levels. Heart disease, which involves the build-up of plaque in the walls of blood vessels, is the leading cause of death in Ireland. The research found that boys with low levels of fitness had significantly more plaque in the walls of the arteries supplying the brain than the boys with high levels of fitness. In 2014, nine Clare schools (50% of secondary schools) signed up for the Schools’ Fitness Challenge. A total of 13,067 students (7,242 boys and 5,825 girls) from 26 counties across Ireland successfully …

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