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The Linguistics Olympiad allows you test your mind on puzzles in logic, language and linguistics.  It’s a problem solving challenge.  You will be afforded the opportunity of developing strategies to solve complex problems in unfamiliar languages from around the world.  No prior knowledge of either linguistics or foreign languages is required. See full brochure here. If you are interested in taking part in AILO, talk to Mr Lynch.


Jacques Murphy, Henry Li, Seán Radcliffe and Cormac Hannon have won the AILO team contest for Gonzaga. Here they are in Trinity College last week collecting their trophy from Prof Vincent Wade.

Thanks to Mr Lynch for all his work with the AILO team.


The national final of the All-Ireland Linguistics Olympiad was held in DCU on Wednesday. Congratulations to the nine Gonzaga students who qualified to take part: Jacques Murphy, Henry Li, Seán Radcliffe, MacDara Hickey, Cormac Hannon, Bill Brennan, Conall Mooney, Leo Estevez Neill, and Eoghan Mac Muiris. AILO challenges secondary school students to develop their own strategies for solving problems in unfamiliar languages.


Five students qualified for the final exam of the All-Ireland Linguistics Competition, which took place in March. The results were as follows:


Cormac Hannon (3D) 3rd placed Junior & 28th overall in Ireland

Seán Radcliffe (3C) 5th placed Junior & 41st overall in Ireland

Jacques Murphy (5D) 15th in Ireland Henry Li (5D) 29th in Ireland

Daniel Kelly (6D) 81st in Ireland


Thanks to Mr Lynch and all the teachers who facilitated the students sitting the exams during class time and thanks especially to Ms Nevin who did all the organization up to January.

AILO 2020

As with so many other events the National Finals of the 2020 AILO was impacted by Covid-19 and took place online.  Unfortunately due to illness only two of the College's four contestants were able to participate.  Cormac Donnelly (Class of 2020) achieved an honourable mention in the senior category and Sean Radcliffe (now 3C) was awarded a gold medal in the junior category.  Congratulations to both.

AILO 2019

Well done to Seán Radcliffe, Henry Li and Jacques Murphy on progressing to the National Final of the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad 2019.


AILO 2018

In 2018, three students qualified for the National Final:

Malachi Hannon

Fiachra O’Farrell

Cormac Donnelly

AILO 2017

Well done to all of the Gonzaga participants in AILO 2017.

Some 4000 students across the country signed up for the challenge, 1306 took part in round one, 100 qualified for the National Final.

Padraig Sheehy achieved 5th place nationally represented Ireland at the International Olympiad in July.

Ronan Kirby finished in 35th place.

In the U16 category, Cormac Donnelly achieved 6th place nationally, Henry Li 15th place, and Rory Collins 19th.


Again well done to all.


Past participants from Gonzaga College have represented Ireland in England (2013),  China (2014), Bulgaria (2015) and India (2016).





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