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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.

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.


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


In 2018, three students qualified for the National Final:

Malachi Hannon

Fiachra O’Farrell

Cormac Donnelly

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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