International Linguistics Olympiad

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


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The International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL) sees talented young decoders from more than 30 nations pit their wits against each other in the hope of becoming world champions. The week-long Olympiad comprises individual and team contests and students enjoy an active programme of social and cultural events.

IOL 2022

The 4 members of the Irish team for July 2022 going to the Isle of Man are:
  • Eoin Boushel Belvedere College, Dublin
  • Finn Wallace CBC Monkstown, Dublin
  • Justin Cunningham Patrician Secondary School, Kildare
  • Arthur McKeever Methodist College Belfast, Antrim

IOL 2021

IOL 2021 took place online remotely from Ventspils in Latvia.

This year, the 4 members of the team proudly representing Ireland remotely from Dublin City University in July were:

  • Justin Cunningham, Patrician Secondary School
  • Oscar Despard, Sandford Park School
  • Natalia Timulakova, Holy Faith Clontarf
  • David Wright, Lucan Community College

IOL 2020, due to be held in Latvia, was postponed due the pandemic.

IOL 2019

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IOL 2019 took place in Yongin, South Korea 29th July – 2nd August 2019.

This year, the 4 members of the team proudly representing Ireland in Korea in July were:

  • Laura Cosgrave, Midleton College Cork
  • Keelan James Daye,  Sandford Park Dublin
  • Flynn Ryan Rathmore, Grammar School Belfast
  • Páidí Walsh, Ballybay Community College Monaghan
“When I entered the Linguistics Olympiad, I never dreamed that I’d make it to the international round in China, but I’m so thankful that I did. The problems themselves were engaging and challenging, and I hugely enjoyed myself. It’s been a life-changing experience, and I’ve met people I hope to remain great friends with!”Jane D’Altuin, Gaelcholaiste Chiarrai, Kerry
“This competition has granted me an amazing opportunity to represent my country, and has really improved my problem-solving skills. After the International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL) 2013 in Manchester last year, I spent months dreaming about Beijing and IOL 2014. To get the chance to do this all over again was simply unbelievable.”Daniel Herlihy, Douglas Community School, Cork

IOL 2018

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IOL 2018 took place in Prague, Czechia from 26th to 30th July 2018.

Representing Ireland were:

  • Leo Doherty, Lumen Christi (Derry)
  • Eimear Kyle, St Finian’s College (Mullingar, Westmeath)
  • Lucy Dornan, St. Andrew’s College (Blackrock, Dublin)
  • Daniel Quigley, Belfast Royal Academy (Belfast, Antrim)
  • Philip Krause, Ashton School (Blackrock Cork)

IOL 2017

IOL 2017 took place in Dublin, Ireland from 31st July to 4th August.

Representing Ireland were:

  • Philip Krause, Ashton Blackrock Cork
  • Eimear Kyle, St Finian’s College, Mullingar
  • Marco Stango, Newtown School Waterford
  • Tom McAlinden, Aquinas Grammar, Belfast, Co Antrim
  • Padraig Sheehy, Gonzaga College SJ, Dublin
  • Tristan I’Anson-Sparks, Methodist College Belfast
  • Cian O’Hara, Holy Family Community School, Rathcoole Dublin
  • Daniel Quigley, Belfast Royal Academy, Belfast

IOL 2016

IOL 2016 took place in Mysore, India from 25-29 July 2016.

Representing Ireland were:

  • Claire O’Connor, St Louis’ High School, Rathmines, Dublin
  • Dónal Farren, St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny, Co Donegal
  • Pádraig Sheehy, Gonzaga College, Dublin
  • Richard Neville, St Andrew’s College, Booterstown, Dublin

IOL 2015

IOL 2015 took place in Bulgaria from 20-24 July 2015.

Representing Ireland were:

  • Luke Gardiner, Gonzaga College, Dublin
  • Shmuel Barron, Sutton Park School, Dublin
  • Ethan Hamman, Newpark Comprehensive, Dublin
  • Niamh Lynch, Loreto College Letterkenny, Donegal.

IOL 2014

IOL 2014 took place at the Beijing Language and Culture University in Beijing, China in July 2014.

Representing Ireland were:

  • Luke Gardiner, Gonzaga College, Dublin
  • Matthew Nixon, Aquinas Grammar School, Co. Antrim
  • Jane D’Altuin, Gaelcholaiste Chiarraí, Co. Kerry
  • Daniel Herlihy, Douglas Community School, Cork

IOL 2013

IOL 2013 took place in Manchester, England in July 2013.

Representing Ireland were:

  • Matthew O’Dwyer, Gonzaga College, Dublin
  • Daniel Herlihy, Douglas Community School, Cork
  • Eleanor McSweeney, St. Joseph of Cluny, Dublin
  • Imogen Grumley Traynor, St.Kilian’s Deutsche Schule Dublin

IOL 2012

IOL 2012 took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia in July 2012.

Representing Ireland were:

  • Dale Walmsley, Wellington College Belfast
  • Aidan Marnane, St. Francis College Cork
  • Diarmaid Wingfield, Newtown School Waterford
  • Imogen Grumley Traynor, St.Kilian’s Deutsche Schule Dublin

IOL 2011

IOL 2011 was hosted by the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA in July 2011.

Representing Ireland were:

  • Medhb Campbell, Methodist College, Belfast
  • Declan Manning, Ballincollig Community School, Cork
  • Niamh Dhondt, Loreto Secondary School, Kilkenny
  • Alec Fair, Methodist College, Belfast

IOL 2010

IOL 2010 took place in Sweden.

Representing Ireland were:

  • Emma Carrigan, Mount Temple Comprehensive School, Dublin
  • Imogen Grumley-Traynor, St Kilian’s Deutsche Schule, Dublin
  • Cormac Manning, Ballincollig Community School, Cork
  • Ellie Cameron, Antrim Grammar School

IOL 2009

Ireland first competed at IOL 2009, when the competition was held in Wrocław, Poland.

Representing Ireland were:

  • Kieran Fleming, St Caimin’s Community School, Shannon, Co Clare
  • Ruadhan Treacy, Newtown School, Waterford
  • Stephen Ennis, Newtown School, Waterford
  • Aislinn McGuire, Mount Temple School, Dublin