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Pupils from two CLVEC's post-primary colleges selected by the CTY

Date: 05 May 2011

Friday April 8th marked National Gifted Education Awareness Day and it was also a day for celebration at Limerick’s all-Irish post-primary college, Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, with 10 of its pupils invited to the Centre for Talented Youth this year. Each year, DCU choose the top 5% of talented pupils in Ireland for this prestigious programme.


Pictured Left to Right: Ms. Maria Ní Ghóillidhe (Science & Physics Teacher), Ms. Ciara Ní Dhrisceoil (Science & Chemistry Teacher), Councillor Denis McCarthy (Chairperson, City of Limerick VEC), Aileen Nic Dhiarmada, Evan Cahill, Jamie Lane, Lucy McLoughlin, Aidan O' Mahony, Mark Gleeson, Eoin McLoughlin, Sarah Ryan-Murphy, Blake Ó Muireasáin, Shane Kelly, Ms. Eva Ní Chionnfhalaidh (Honours Maths & Applied Maths Teacher) Mr. Paul Patton (CEO, CIty of Limerick VEC), Donncha Ó Treasaigh (Príomhoide, Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh) - Missing from photograph are Evan O' Grady and Ciarán Sheehan.

Two pupils from St. Nessan's Community College were also selected by the Centre this year. Megan Ryan and Jenny O’Connor are both 3rd year pupils at St. Nessan's and this is the third year in a row that the girls have been selected.

The Irish Centre for Talented Youth (CTYI) is a national centre founded by Dublin City University in 1992. It aims to identify students aged 6-16 years with exceptional academic ability and to provide services for them, their parents and teachers.  Since 1992 thousands of students have taken part in annual Talent Searches by sitting an aptitude test. Applicants scoring highly on this test are offered places on all CTYI academic programmes. These include, summer residential/commuter programmes and on-line correspondence courses.

Over 30 subject areas are offered, including subjects as diverse as Archaeology, Philosophy, Engineering, Creative Writing and Computer Programming. These challenging courses are designed to provide heightened academic stimulation. They also provide an opportunity for students to meet other young people with similar interests. Fees are charged for these courses but some scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit/and or need. All Talent Search applicants, whether they qualify or not, are invited to special Discovery Days, which explore specific academic areas - such as Science and Technology.

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh’s Príomhoide, Donncha Ó Treasaigh stated that: “I am delighted that so many pupils attending Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh have been invited to the Centre for Talented Youth this year.”  He paid tribute to the outstanding encouragement and support from the pupils’ parents and the considerable work done at primary level in the pupils’ respective primary schools.

Also commenting on the great news, Paul Patton, CEO, City of Limerick VEC, said: “It was a great pleasure to meet some of the selected pupils at the Gaelcholáiste last Friday. I wish to convey my congratulations to them and their parents. Once again Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is being recognised for the significant role it plays in the ongoing educational development of its pupils through the medium of Irish. I also wish to congratulate Megan and Jenny from St. Nessan's Community College on their outstanding achievement being selected for a third consecutive year. ”