Thousands of Galway pupils take part in world biggest maths festival

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Almost fifteen thousand primary and secondary level students from County Galway took part in the world’s largest festival of Maths recently.

Around 400,000 people in total took part in Maths Week Ireland events making it the biggest Maths Week Ireland to date.

Mid-week Maths Week events stretched from Dublin to Belfast, across to Donegal and down to Kerry, Waterford and everywhere in between.

One of the many highlights of the week was the presentation of the third annual Maths Week Ireland Award to Prof Anthony O’Farrell and Dr Fiacre Ó Caibre of Maynooth University who founded the Hamilton Walk in 1990 and together have established it as an annual event.

Sheila Donegan, Co-Founder of Maths Week, said: “The success of Maths Week 2018 is a great credit to teachers and pupils around the island who organised fantastic events in schools.

“Thanks also to the partners who presented events across the island. It is estimated that almost 2 million people have engaged with Maths Week over the past thirteen years, helping them to have a more positive attitude towards maths.

“This is supporting interest in STEM related careers among our young people and numeracy in society generally

“The week is a true partnership of people working together for a common aim – a very important aim – to promote mathematics for all. We are already looking forward to next year’s Maths Week in October 2019.”

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