The four boys who gave a presentation at the Microsoft conference, Sean Ryan, Colin McNamara, Sean Hanrahan and Mark Earle.

Getting a standing ovation from a crowd of more than 1,000 people at a Microsoft conference is no mean feat, but to do so while still in primary school is simply astonishing.

This was the latest achievement for the boys from CBS Primary, Mitchelstown, as four of the students gave a presentation on their video that they made to commemorate the 1916 Rising using MinecraftEdu.

The fifth class students – Sean Hanrahan, Colin McNamara, Mark Earle and Sean Ryan, representing the group who worked on the project, spoke to the assembled delegates in Dublin about their video, how they use Minecraft in the classroom and how they created different aspects of the video.

“It took our breath away. The boys were super and a got a standing ovation, which is a huge achievement,” principal Mary O’Callaghan told The Avondhu this week.

Ms Herlihy who had been working on the project with the boys said that it was a great experience and the boys did really well.

Speaking about the experience, the boys said it was frightening when they were standing at the side of the stage waiting to go on, but it was easier once they started the presentation that they had prepared.

Their impressive presentation earned them a standing ovation and many of the delegates came up to them afterwards to congratulate them and ask about their project.

The boys are now also through to the final of a Minecraft competition which takes place in Dublin on June 18.