Lucan student to represent Ireland at problem solving competition

by Kim O Leary

A student from Lucan Community College will go on to represent his country this summer in an international problem-solving competition.

David Wright from Lucan Community College got fourth place in the 2021 ADAPT All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) and has secured one of four places on the team representing Ireland at the International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL) this summer.

Speaking to the Dublin Gazette this week, David’s proud mum Clare Wright said that he is looking forward to the competition this Summer.

“I’m so proud of David and his achievement, delighted for him. Wish him and all the team the very best of luck in July and the hope they enjoy the experience,” she said.  

Joining David on the IOL team are Justin Cunningham, who is the overall AILO Champion, from Patrician Secondary School Newbridge, Oscar Despard from Sandford Park School who got second place and Natalia Timulakova from Holy Faith Clontarf who got third place.

 Megan Boland from Ursuline Secondary School Thurles, Tipperary is the AILO Junior Champion this year as well as placing 7th overall.

The National Final saw the students tackle some of the toughest puzzles in logic and  linguistics in little-known languages from all over the globe.

The final, and the Preliminary Round in January, were both held online remotely due to the pandemic.

Depending on government restrictions etc., AILO is aiming to run the International competition papers remotely from Dublin City University during the week 19-23 July.  

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