Last week, on Wednesday 4th May 2022, the efforts made by students in the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) 2022 were celebrated at the competition’s award ceremony held at the ADAPT SFI Research Centre in Trinity College Dublin. The awards were presented by ADAPT Director Prof. Vincent Wade and the ceremony was moderated by Dr. Cara Greene, Research Outreach Coordinator and National Coordinator of ADAPT AILO.
Eoin Boushel was named AILO Champion 2022 and will represent Ireland in this summer’s International Linguistics Olympiad on the Isle of Man. Joining Eoin on the team are Finn Wallace (CBC Monkstown), Justin Cunningham (Patrician Secondary School Newbridge) and Arthur McKeever (Methodist College Belfast).
The four students came through from the top 100 linguistic problem-solvers at the National final of AILO in Dublin City University (DCU) in March. The Junior Champion is Turlagh McDaid from St Columba’s Comprehensive in Glenties, Donegal. Finn O’Toole from St. Vincent’s Castleknock was awarded second place. Niamh Armstrong from Meánscoil Gharman, Enniscorthy was awarded third place and Louise Wade from Salesian Secondary College in Limerick was awarded 4th place in the Junior competition.
This year, for the first time, there was a joint winner of the team competition round. The joint winners were Gonzaga College (Henry Li, Seán Radcliffe, Cormac Hannon, Jacques Murphy), a team made up of two from CBC Monkstown (Finn Wallace, Hugh O’Connor) and Eoin Boushel (Belvedere College) and Cathal Ó hÓbáin (Sutton Park School).
Well done to all the students who took part in AILO this year and special thanks to all the teachers involved!
AILO is run by ADAPT, the world-leading SFI Research Centre for AI-Driven Digital Content Technology. The contest challenges secondary school students to apply logic and reasoning skills to solve complex puzzles in unfamiliar languages.
Photographer: Paul Sharp
Photo Details (L- R): Prof. Vincent Wade, Dr Cara Greene (Irish co-team leader) and the Irish International Linguistics Olympiad team 2022 Eoin Boushel (Belvedere College), Justin Cunningham (Patrician Secondary School Newbridge), Finn Wallace (CBC Monkstown) and Arthur McKeever (Methodist College Belfast).