Almost 800 entrants from all over Ireland entered individual and group projects, including 80 from Northern Ireland.

This report by Colm Connolly shows preparations under way prior to the opening of the exhibition. A prize fund of £6,500 will be shared among exhibitors, schools and teachers. Projects range from Ireland's involvement in the European space programme to how much tax farmers should pay.

The 'Young Scientist Exhibition' as it is commonly known was set up by two UCD physics researchers, Dr. Tony Scott and the late Rev. Dr. Tom Burke in 1965.

An RTÉ News report from 7 January 1981.