A five-year-old budding artist from Tuam was among the big winners at this year’s Doodle 4 Google competition. Cian Mangan from Cloghan’s Hill National School, Tuam, was the winner of the Group 1 category (ages 4-6) of this sixth annual Google contest.
Cian was up against the competition’s 74 other finalists and won the most public votes of any entry in his age category.
Five year old Cian was presented with his award at a special prize-giving ceremony in Google’s EMEA headquarters in Dublin last week by professional Google doodler, Katy Wu.
Katy, who travelled especially from Google’s offices in Mountain View, also announced the overall winner as Kelly McCabe, an eight year old student from Dublin.
As well as being named top Doodler, Kelly was presented with a Chromebook and a €5,000 scholarship towards her further studies while her school will also receive a €10,000 technology grant from Google, with her teacher, Teresa Lea, also winning a Chromebook.
The theme of this year’s event was ‘My Adventure’. Cian’s winning doodle, entitled ‘Diving for Fun Under the Sea’ was inspired by his love all things that happen under the sea and uses sharks and shipwrecks to give the iconic Google logo a creative twist.
Speaking at the ceremony, professional Google doodler Katy Wu said she was blown away by the talent and creativity shown by the entries.
“What I was also impressed by was the level of enthusiasm for the competition in Ireland. We run Doodle 4 Google in many countries across the world but number and quality of the entries from Irish students was outstanding,” said Katy.
“This is the sixth year of the competition and I continue to be overwhelmed each year by the level of public interest shown. This year we recorded over 120,000 public votes from people voting for their favourite doodle. I would like to express a big thank you to those that voted, the teachers and parents involved, and most especially the 2,390 students who entered,” said John Herlihy, head of Google in Ireland.
A panel of judges including legendary Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick, creator of the iconic red and black 1968 Che Guevara poster, chose the 75 finalists for the public vote.
Over 120,000 votes were registered with the highest number of votes in each class group making it through to the overall finals.
You can view all the finalists’ doodles on www.google.ie/doodle4google
Galway medtech firm awarded €3.6m to develop revolutionary stroke treatment
A Galway medical device company is working with a consortium to help develop disruptive technology in the treatment of stroke – after it was awarded awarded €3.6m in funding.
Ceroflo is partnered on the project with manufacturing firm Advant Medical and the Medical and Engineering Technologies (MET) Centre at Atlantic Technological University (ATU).
Cereflo secured the funding on foot of its development of a revolutionary new type of stent technology that promises to be vastly more effective than existing treatments to treat Intracranial Atherosclerotic Disease (ICAD), a leading cause of stroke.
Up to 50% of strokes are caused by a build-up of plaque in an artery in the brain known as Intra-Cranial Atherosclerotic Disease (ICAD).
Pharmaceutical therapies aimed at reducing the stroke rate are currently deemed the most effective form of treatment for the condition but more than 20% of patients with significant ICAD still suffer recurring stroke within twelve months.
Technological solutions have so far proved sub-optimal, leaving this large population of patients with the ongoing risk of devastating strokes.
The Ceroflo SubMax Stent represents a game-changer in the treatment of ICAD as its shape and structure has been developed to suit the unique challenges of this disease.
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Galway Science and Technology Festival’s breaks new record
More than 22,000 people attended last Sunday’s Galway Science and Technology Festival exhibition in the University of Galway – breaking all previous records.
Celebrating 25 years of STEM Education, the exhibition was the opening event for the two week annual Galway Science and Technology Festival, which is the largest event of its kind in Europe. It showcases Galway as the MedTech capital of Europe and a growing IT Hub, bringing science and technology to over 35,000 students in schools across Galway city and county. This year there will be over 200 STEM demonstrations, shows and workshops in 140 primary schools and 40 post-primary schools.
The exhibition was a hive of activity with 25 shows and hands-on workshops and over 80 demonstrations and interactive exhibitions created by sponsor companies and agencies, universities and schools. Families enjoyed 3D astronomy shows and learned how to extract DNA from a banana , saw parasites in VR, drove Valeos self-driving car using a mobile phone, visited the Teddy Bear hospital and the ever popular Doctor Bug introduced tarantulas, snakes and lizards to very excited children and much, much more. Medtronic’s Junior Hospital team engaged with families at their fantastic interactive series of stands in the Human Biology Building. Sue McGrath entertained with the Devastatingly Dramatic Climate Show and new to the Festival is Braintastic with their Non-Sense show exploring our senses.
The 2022 Galway Science & Technology Person of the Year Award was presented to Dr Enda O’Connell, Senior Technical Officer at University of Galway and Founding Director of ReelLIFE Science, a science video competition for schools and youth organisations in Ireland and N. Ireland, celebrating its tenth year, the competition encourages young people to engage with STEM, while developing their creativity and communication skills.
To mark the 25th year of the Festival, a special presentation was made to the Treacy Family in commemoration of the late Noel Treacy, Founding Patron of the Galway Science & Technology Festival. Mr Treacy continued to be a strong advocate for the Festival over the 25 years and his presence was greatly missed this year.
Anne Murray, Festival Manager said: “We were delighted to be back on campus at the University of Galway to celebrate and learn about the world around us. The attendance on the day reflected the value that families and the public place on this unique event and we were so glad to be able to honour the memory of the late Noel Treacy who always said it started with an idea”.
Development Commission appoints Interim CEO
The Western Development Commission has announced the appointment of Allan Mulrooney as its Interim Chief Executive. This follows the departure of Tomás Ó Síocháin from the organisation after four years at the helm.
The agency said following the Board’s decision to appoint Allan as acting Interim CEO, that it will continue to work in all key areas of activity.
Sligo native Allan Mulrooney currently holds the role of Head of Communications and Atlantic Economic Corridor Development as a member of the management team having joined in 2019. Allan has led on new initiatives including ConnectedHubs.ie, WesternJobs.ie, a full rebrand for the organisation and it’s More To Life digital campaign. Before his role in the WDC Allan worked with IDA Ireland and before this he worked with eir in Dublin.
He will commence his role in December when Tomás Ó Síocháin takes up his new position as CEO of Údarás na Gaeltachta. A competitive process to appoint a permanent CEO is expected to get underway in early 2023.
Following the announcement, Allan Mulrooney described it as an honour to accept the position on an interim basis.
“Our mission will not change, and I look forward to working with my colleagues across the wider WDC team and the Department of Rural and Community Development. It is vital that we continue to stimulate businesses, support innovation, build new partnerships and foster a vibrant ecosystem across the region at this critical time,” he said.
Tomás Ó Síocháin, who made the announcement, referenced the drive and experience that Allan will bring to the role.
“Allan brings a wealth of experience to this role, particularly in the ongoing and planned work of the WDC and already has an excellent working relationships with key regional and national stakeholders in the regional development sector,” he said.