Cordal’s Link to South Korea’s International Linguistics Olympiad

Páidí Walsh being awarded his Irish Mathematical Olympiad Diploma by Dr. Gordon Lessells in Aula Maxima, UCC at the end of May of this year.

Ballybay Community College in Co. Monaghan has had a student from the Kingscourt, Co. Cavan part of its catchment area selected as one of only four students on the Irish team to compete in the International Linguistics Olympiad this week in South Korea.

Son of Cordal Native

Páidí Walsh is a son of Cordal native, John Walsh and his wife Ciara O’Rourke – a native of Navan, Co. Meath and he’s a grandson of Eileen and the late Georgie Walsh, Árd na gCreach, Cordal.

The four top students in the individual category of the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad are selected to represent Ireland at the International Linguistics Olympiad.

Four Strong Irish Team

The four members of the 2019 team representing Ireland in South Korea this week are:

Laura Cosgrave, Midleton College, Cork; Keelan James Daye, Sandford Park, Dublin; Flynn Ryan Rathmore, Grammar School, Belfast and Páidí Walsh, Ballybay Community College, Monaghan.

The International Linguistics Olympiad attracts talented young decoders from around the globe  and they pit their wits against each other in the hope of becoming world champions.

Páidí Walsh’s tutor at Ballybay Community College is teacher, Martin Molloy.

Social and Cultural Events

The week-long Olympiad comprises of individual and team contests and students enjoy an active programme of social and cultural events.

Events in South Korea, where over 30 countries will compete, are ongoing this week and will continue until Friday.

Also Honoured in Irish Mathematical Olympiad

Páidí Walsh also excels in the field of mathematics and he was among the recipients of ‘Roll of Honour’ diplomas earlier this summer as winners of the 32nd Irish Mathematical Olympiad.

He and his fellow high achievers were celebrated in a special ceremony down south in the famed and hallowed Aula Maxima in University College Cork.

Good luck to Páidí in South Korea this week from all on the Cordal and Castleisland branches of his particular tree.

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