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Tipperary Student Wins Bronze In Taipei

r-tynanNineteen-year-old Mr Richard Tynan, a student from the Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co Tipperary, took a bronze medal at the prestigious International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in Taipei, Taiwan last week.

The 26th International Olympiad in Informatics was held in Taipei, Taiwan, from the 13th to 20th of July 2014 and this event annually represents the pinnacle of computer programming at secondary-school level with over 311 students from 82 countries attending this year’s event; their mission to solve six complex algorithmic problems over a two day period. Algorithms are used for calculation, data processing, and automated reasoning.

Previously Richard, a native of Portarlington, Co. Laois, had taken first place in the Senior Individual Technology Section for his project ‘Advanced Modelling and Infilling Algorithms for 3d Printing’ at this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Competition.

He also won the Analog Devices Technology Award, for the student who showed outstanding achievement in technology, winning an all expenses trip to San Francisco, Silicon Valley and to Stanford University.

Mr Gary Conway who led this year’s Irish delegation in Taipei, is delighted with Richard’s win of Ireland’s first IOI medal in five years.

Richard has now been invited to study computer science at the University of Cambridge in England.

St. Patrick’s College Thurles – Irish Summer Camp

An Irish Summer Camp, ‘Bí Réidh’ (Translation ‘Be Ready’) will be held this summer here in St. Patrick’s College in Thurles.

Two weekly camps will run from 28th July1st August and from 11th August15th August. These camps will be non residential and will run from 9.00am to 6.00pm each day.

The aim of Bí Réidh is to prepare students for the certificate examinations held in Irish, and will include the development of aural and oral skills using enjoyable and innovative methods while at the same time cultivating a love of our Irish language.

This is a total immersion programme encouraging both the understanding and also the use of the Irish language in a wide variety of social settings and fun activities.

Note Course Dates
Course A – 28th JULY – 1st AUGUST 2014 – for current first and second year students.
Course B – 11th AUGUST – 15th AUGUST 2014 – for current transition and fifth year students.

Venue: As stated St Patrick’s College, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Time: 9.00am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday. Do keep in mind that ‘Bí Réidh’ is a non-residential course.
Course Fee: €150 per pupil per week (inclusive).

Ursuline Convent Fittest School Girls In Ireland

ursuline crestIts official; Ireland’s fittest girls in 2014 are students attending the Ursuline Secondary School, based here in Thurles, Co Tipperary.

A total of 13,067 students (7,242 boys and 5,825 girls) from 26 counties across Ireland successfully completed the Aviva Health’s Schools’ Fitness Challenge for 2014.

Not only were improvements in fitness observed amongst participating students after the relatively short period of exercise intervention, but the results show that boys are now 45% fitter than girls compared to 60% fitter last year, meaning that girls are closing the gap in fitness levels compared to boys.

It should be noted that students who completed the Schools’ Fitness Challenge experienced, on average, almost a 19% improvement in their fitness levels.

For schools not as yet taking part, note, further information is available on Aviva Health’s Schools’ Fitness Challenge 2014 and to view participation & fitness maps for all Irish counties, please click Here.

Tipperary College Student Wins Gold

A Tipperary student joined forces with his Dublin colleague to take gold at the gala final of the 2014 competition, held in the Smock Alley Theatre Dublin this week.

The project “Don’t Lose Sleep Over Where You’ll Wake Up,” by DCU students Mr Sam Pearson from Roscrea, Co Tipperary and Miss Aisling Sinclair from Dublin, was championed by Miss Caroline Twohig.

Their campaign which reached audiences of over 165,000 on Facebook and also included a number of elements, including a website, interactive drinks calculator, animation piece and viral video, focused on the real-life consequences arising from excessive alcohol consumption. Their extensive marketing and PR campaign supporting the project resulted in significant coverage across all social media in recent months earning them the gold prize of €3,000 for their efforts and skill.

Perhaps the video above is worth remembering, under the heading “Stay Safe,” when we are out and about enjoying this Bank Holiday Weekend!

The competition which is organised by, saw seven teams short-listed in the competition, each receiving up to €2,000 each to implement their proposed campaigns.

Thurles April 2014 Unemployment CSO Figures

Dole QueueUnemployment levels in Tipperary have fallen for a third month in a row, due mainly to emigration and job seekers moving to reside in Dublin, while actively in search of possible work, their files thus moved to Dublin Unemployment offices for the time being.

Latest CSO figures for Tipperary mirror a drop in overall numbers for the county, but also show unemployment increases in towns such as Nenagh and Roscrea where dole queues have risen by 9 and 25 persons respectively, during the month of April 2014 alone.

These new Live-Register CSO figures however show that over a hundred fewer people signed on in the whole county last month with the biggest decrease indicated in the South of the county; however these reduced unemployment figures do not take into account those who have signed off to return to further education, despite no Government support or financial assistance.

Today’s county breakdown of CSO Unemployment figures calculate that there remains 6,800 unemployed people in North Tipperary and a further 8,400 in South Tipperary; some 15,200 people in total, latter now all receiving some form of unemployment benefit.

Thurles saw what appears to be a significant, yet very deceiving monthly drop to the Live Register of unemployed persons; with a reduction of 48 persons, of which three we are aware have returned, financially unaided, to further education and some 24 have accepted emigrated. It is estimate that most of the remaining 21 others have accepted National Internship Placement Schemes, latter still paid by the taxpayer, but not entered in CSO figures as therefore currently remaining unemployed.

The towns of Cahir and Tipperary Town itself collectively show their Live Register figures for April were only reduced by 4 persons in total for both towns.

Indications on the horizon, also show that neither Taoiseach Mr Enda Kenny nor the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr Richard Bruton are expected to visit this area, announcing new employment, in the near future. As for reigning politicians both in North and South Tipperary – best forget it, for surely they have forgotten Tipperary.

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