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LIT Thurles Students Scoop Awards At Games Fleadh 2016

Three LIT Thurles students have been recognised for their achievements in game design and development at Games Fleadh 2016, an all-island games design and development competition for third-level students.

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Winning LIT Thurles Students; David Morton, Samantha Marah and Samuel MacSweeney at Thurles Games Fleadh 2016.

Supported by Microsoft Ireland, EA Games, Ubisoft and the Irish Computer Society, the 13th annual Games Fleadh event took place on March 9th on LIT’s Thurles campus which is home to the B.Sc in Computing in Games Design and Development.

Event organisers reported their busiest year yet with over 29 teams taking part in various game design and development competitions. The entries were viewed, played and tested by over 400 members of the general public who attended the event.

A stellar cast of judges reviewed the entries and scored the students on their creations. The judges included John Romero the creator of Doom, representatives from EA Games and Snozbot.

David Morton, a 4th year LIT student, won ‘Best in Game Play’ and ‘Best Windows Phone Game’ for his game ‘Pirates vs Aliens’. Samantha Marah and Samuel MacSweeney, both 2nd year students, were awarded ‘Best in Original Digital Art’ and ‘Best in Original Story’ for their game ‘Pixel Pirate Defense’.

Speaking about Games Fleadh 2016, event organiser and lecturer at LIT’s Game Design and Development degree in Thurles Dr. Liam Noonan said, “Games Fleadh was a fantastic event and it showcased the emerging Irish game design and development talent out there. We were delighted with the achievements of our Games Design and Development students.”

Visit www.gamesfleadh.ie for more.

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Death Of Nano Quinlan, Cabra, Thurles,

With-sincere-sympathyIt was with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Tuesday 9th February 2016, of Mrs Nano Quinlan (née Egan), Eldergrove, Cabra, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs  Quinlan passed away peacefully in the loving care of St Vincent’s Private Hospital Dublin. Her passing is most deeply regretted by her loving husband Michael, her son Tom, daughters Aoife and Deirdre, son-in-law Dermot, daughter-in-law Mary, partner James, grandchildren Sam, Rachel, Sarah, Diarmuid and Conor, brothers Rev Fr John, Tom and Pat, sisters Mary, Lena, Anna, Margaret and Bridget, nephews and nieces, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs  Quinlan will repose at her residence in Eldergrove, Cabra, Thurles, this Wednesday, 10th February, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm, before arriving at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles at 12:30pm on Thursday 11th February.

Requiem Mass will take place at 1:15pm with burial immediately afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Note: House private on Thursday please. Family flowers only. Donations if desired to Suir Haven, Thurles.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Irish Gaming Industry Under Spotlight In Thurles Tipperary

Ireland’s growing status as a location for digital games research and development will be highlighted tomorrow (11/3/2015) when three of the biggest names in the industry participate in Games Fleadh 2015.

gamesLIT Tipperary, whose alumni have worked on some of gaming’s biggest titles including Call of Duty, StarCraft and Guitar Hero, will host Ireland’s largest gaming event at its campus in Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Games Fleadh will feature games development and research talks by prolific American games designers and developers Brenda and John Romero and Electronic Arts (EA) Chief Operating Officer Bryan Neider,  who will also assist in the judging process for the various undergraduate competitions involving third levels students and games developers from all over the island of Ireland.

Bryan Neider is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Electronic Arts (EA), which is responsible for producing some of the best-selling video game titles of all time including The Sims, FIFA, Battlefield and Madden NFL.

Brenda and John Romero have each more than 30 years experience working in the gaming industry, over 150 game titles such as DOOM and Quake to their credit, dozens of awards and have collectively founded nine game companies.

Supported by Microsoft Ireland, EA Games and the Irish Computer Society, the 12th annual Games Fleadh will feature the ‘Direct X’ Endless Runner challenge, Robocode and the Game Studio ‘Endless Runner’ competition, the winners and runners up of which will present their games to Brenda and John Romero and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) Greenlight Committee.

Games Fleadh presents a fantastic opportunity for students to create a prototype game, meet people from industry and make a name for themselves within the Irish game sector,” said Dr. Liam Noonan, Lecturer at LIT’s Game Design and Development degree in Thurles at the launch of Games Fleadh 2015.

“In terms of career development, participating in this competition is invaluable as students are adding to their portfolio of creative content and networking with students from other colleges and people from the games industry. It is these up and coming game developers and their innovative ideas that will act as the catalyst for job creation in the Irish game development sector,” added Dr. Noonan.

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LIT Thurles Showcases Irish Gaming Industry

Leading gaming experts including Head of EA to participate in LIT/Microsoft Ireland event in Thurles.

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Shannon Mostert and Ciara Bull from Nenagh, Co Tipperary

Some of the biggest names in the gaming industry will gather at the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) campus here in Thurles later this month to participate in Games Fleadh 2015, an all-island games design and development competition for third-level students.

LIT Tipperary, whose alumni have worked on some of gaming’s biggest titles including ‘Call of Duty’, ‘StarCraft’ and ‘Guitar Hero’, has announced it will host Ireland’s largest gaming event on Wednesday March 11th.

Supported by Microsoft Ireland, EA Games and the Irish Computer Society, the 12th annual Games Fleadh will feature the ‘Direct X’ Endless Runner challenge, Robocode and the Game Studio ‘Endless Runner’ competition, the winners and runners up of which will present their games to Brenda and John Romero and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) Greenlight Committee.

Games Fleadh 2015 – Open to the public for free

Brenda and John Romero have each more than 30 years experience working in the gaming industry, over 150 game titles such as DOOM and Quake to their credit, dozens of awards and have collectively founded nine game companies.

Games Fleadh will also feature games development and research talks by industry veterans such as Bryan Neider who will assist in the judging process for the various under graduate competitions. Neider is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Electronic Arts (EA) labels, which collectively are responsible for producing some of the bestselling video game titles of all time including The Sims, FIFA, Battlefield and Madden NFL.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for students to create a prototype game, meet people from industry and make a name for themselves within the Irish game sector,” said Dr. Liam Noonan, Lecturer at LIT’s Game Design and Development degree in Thurles at the launch of Games Fleadh 2015.

“In terms of career development, participating in this competition is invaluable as students are adding to their portfolio of creative content and networking with students from other colleges and people from the games industry. It is these up and coming game developers and their innovative ideas that will act as the catalyst for job creation in the Irish game development sector,” added Dr. Noonan.

According to Dr. Noonan: “We were delighted and privileged to work with the Fulbright U.S. Specialist Award scholar Brenda Romero and her husband John back in September in our Thurles campus and they were very supportive of our Games Fleadh initiative. They suggested that the 2015 theme should be Endless Runner as this would allow students flexibility in designing either a 2D or 3D game.”

Commenting about Games Fleadh 2015, Brenda and John Romero said: “We are really excited to be involved in Games Fleadh this year. Having travelled all over Ireland and met hundreds of students and game developers, we know how much talent the country has and are looking forward to seeing this year’s results.”

Speaking ahead of his visit to Ireland, Mr. Bryan Neider stated: “I am looking forward to meeting the games design and development students at LIT Games Fleadh 2015, discussing their “Endless Runner” games and sharing our experiences at EA Games in the design and development of future titles.”

Stephen Howell, Academic Engagement Manager, Microsoft Ireland commented: “Microsoft is delighted to be on board sponsoring the Games Fleadh once again in 2015. We have demonstrated our commitment to the competition over the long term as it represents a fantastic opportunity to shine a spotlight on the immense third level games design talent in this country. It also plays a unique role in promoting knowledge-sharing, with international experts taking part and the latest research in the field up for discussion.”

Games Fleadh 2015 is open to the public for free. Online registration is available at www.gamesfleadh.ie.

For more visit www.twitter.com/gamesfleadh or search Twitter #gamesfleadh.

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Full Fibre Broadband Facilities For Rural Tipperary

Some 79 rural Tipperary towns and villages are to be connected to a new state-subsidised fibre broadband service that will cost up to €1bn to build. Announcing this welcome news and major investment, North Tipperary Labour Minister for State Alan Kelly has stated that this is a significant development for the rural and remote areas of county Tipperary.

Areas in the hinterland of Thurles who are expected to benefit from this exciting development will include; Ballingarry (South),  Ballinure,  Ballycahill, Boherlahan,  Bouladuff, Castleleiney, Clonoulty, Coalbrook, The Commons, Dovea, Drom, Drumbane, Dualla, Goold’s Cross, Horse & Jockey, Killea, Lisheen, Loughmore, Moyne, New Birmingham, Rossmore, Templetouhy, and Upperchurch, to name but a few.

Minister Kelly spoke of the project to Thurles.info yesterday, while attending at the launch of the new and exciting Derrynaflan developed tourism trail held in the Horse & Jockey Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Derrynaflan Trail

Representatives from Littleton Development Association, Holycross Community Network, Slieveardagh Rural Development, Upperchurch Development, South Tipperary Development, Hidden Tipperary, together with senior political representatives who attended at the launch of the new “Derrynaflan Trail” tourism project yesterday.

Construction is expected to begin next year and close to 1,100 small rural towns and villages across Ireland will now gain access to fibre broadband for the very first time.

Mr Kelly said the Government was committing to some €512m funding to this project, with hundreds of millions in matching investment expected from tender-winning broadband operators. The money is being made available through €6.8bn from the Strategic Investment Fund, formerly known as the National Pension Reserve Fund, and the European Investment Bank and the plan would require final approval from the European Commission.

“This upgrading now signals this Government’s intention to subsidise/upgrade rural broadband, thus reversing an unacceptable growing divide between urban and rural Ireland,” Minister Kelly stated.

Nationally the plan envisages 900,000 of Ireland’s estimated 2.3 million premises gaining access to the new fibre network. This will be dominated by a target list of 1,100 small towns and villages that are identified as having no other high-speed broadband service available.

The list of these 1,100 small towns was the result of a mapping exercise conducted by the Government and both this list and mapping exercise could still be further expanded. “It should be noted that anywhere that industry is currently providing a high-speed service, same will not be included in our current rural areas to now be expanded and if infrastructure such as railway lines etc. could be further utilised to help distribute required fibre lines, the slow work of having to dig new trenches could be avoided,” Mr Kelly continued.

Mr Kelly said it had not yet decided whether the tender would initially seek one overall partner or whether it could be divided into separate tenders, based on regions.

This overall rural fibre broadband project is set to be complete by 2016 at the latest and will be welcomed particularly by small struggling rural businesses in Tipperary.

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