Irish Team Set Off to Compete at International Linguistics Olympiad in Bulgaria

25 July 2023

Ireland’s top four secondary school decoders are representing their country at the International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL) in Bulgaria this week.

The Irish Team is comprised of Naoise Sheridan (18) from Tullamore College, Offaly, Finn Wallace (18) from CBC Monkstown, Paddy Clancy (17) from St Vincent’s Castleknock and Megan Boland (18) from Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles, Tipperary. 

The team qualified for the event through winning the ADAPT All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) in March. This is Finn’s second time making the international team. Megan Boland, who was previously AILO Junior Champion in 2021 said, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to be a part of the team that is representing Ireland in Bulgaria this year. Competing in the national olympiad has been a great experience and I look forward to our trip”.

The team will be competing against 200 top linguistic problem-solvers from all over the world in a 6-hour individual and 4-hour team competition during the week in Bulgaria.

We wish them the best of luck!

The All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) is run by ADAPT, the SFI Research Centre for AI-Driven Digital Content Technology, at the School of Computing, Dublin City University. 

Photo: (L-R) Paddy Clancy, Megan Boland, Finn Wallace and Naoise Sheridan