Clonakilty CoderDojo EXPO – An event celebrating a very bright future for 60+ young coders

On the 8th May CoderDojo Clonakilty hosted its 3rd EXPO at the Quality Hotel to celebrate the achievements of all the kids who have been attending CoderDojo and allow them the opportunity to showcase their projects, games, apps, websites, robotics and much more to their friends, families and special guests. It was also an opportunity to celebrate CoderDojo Clonakilty’s 3rd Birthday.

Over 65 Young Coders were in attendance and presented their projects ranging from lots of great Scratch games and animations, Lusitania and Fashion/Self-esteem websites  amongst others, an electronic home-made guitar, a human Makey-Makey circuit and 3D Modelling/Printing.


One of our special guests for the evening was Con McCarthy from the European Space Agency who was very impressed with the energy and enthusiasm of all the young coders in the room and spoke to all the kids about his experiences working in the ESA. His audience were clearly mesmerised by his tales and the seed was planted for a number of potential space engineers that evening.  Con stressed the importance of pursuing STEM subjects for their futures and the benefits CoderDojo provides to our local community.


Our Mayor of Clonakilty Colette Twomey was also in attendance and presented a number of awards on the evening. Colette was clearly delighted with what she saw at the EXPO and was impressed with the technical knowledge and ability of such a young group of people. Colette was also very happy to see a number of very capable young girls involved at CoderDojo and highlighted the importance of continuing to attract more girls to CoderDojo and to Science and Technology in general.

As well as celebrating the achievements of the children, the night was also about thanking those that make CoderDojo possible each week —David Henry, Irene O’Callaghan and all the staff at the Quality Hotel for providing a great space for the Dojo each week, Trevor Kingston of HighResolution who kindly provides all our printing including the 3D variety and of course the mentors who provide their valuable time free of charge each week.


The event, sponsored by SouthWestern, was also an opportunity to show more local businesses and IT professionals what CoderDojo is about in an effort to urge more to participate as mentors and in other support roles. The USB bands were sponsored by SouthWestern who were represented by Peadar Murphy on the evening. Peadar is also looking forward to recruiting a number of our CoderDojo graduates in the future.

Click here to view more photos from the event – GALLERY

CoderDojo Clonakilty is taking a break for the Summer.  Sessions will start back in early September at the Quality Hotel. Notifications will be sent to schools and mailing list. In the meantime keep an eye on For more information contact


Meet the Maker – Kate O’Donovan

Earlier this year Clonakilty CoderDojo was one of 5 Dojo’s in Ireland selected to pilot the newly released Galileo Gen 2, the latest in a family of Arduino*-certified development boards based on Intel® architecture. 16 year old Kate O’Donovan was one of our enthusiasts who represented Clonakilty CoderDojo at the Dublin Maker event which took place in Trinity College Dublin on July 26th. Here is a great interview with Kate compiled by Michelle Molly of Intel Corporate Affairs.


Meet the Maker – Kate O’Donovan

It has to be said that Clonakilty CoderDojo is immensely proud of Kate and what she has achieved and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate her on the outstanding work she has done.

We would like to take this opportunity also to thank Intel for giving CoderDojo the opportunity to participate in such an exciting and inspiring project and inviting us to be involved at the Dublin Maker event this year. We are looking forward to our new season at CoderDojo Clonakilty and continuing our work with the Galileo to see what other ideas it may bring and inspire. The future is very bright!!

CoderDojo Clonakilty will resume at the Quality Hotel on Friday 12th September at 6:30pm. Registration will commence at 9:30am on Saturday 6th September at

If you have any questions or would like to get involved in mentoring please contact us at
We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

Ronan’s experience at the CoolestProjects 2014

Ronan showing his medal and certificate

Ronan showing his medal and certificate

This year Ronan Coakley had an extremely busy year coding at CoderDojo. He represented Clonakilty at the National Scratch Finals where he won the award for Best Animation for his amazing project Catch the Fly .

Ronan speaking to Will Goodbody from RTE at the National Scratch Finals

Ronan speaking to Will Goodbody from RTE at the National Scratch Finals

Soon after he attended the CoolestProjects at DCU in Dublin. He documents his experience at the CoolestProjects here.


My name is Ronan. I am nine years old. I went to the Helix with my game CATCH THE FLY 2, for the Coolest Projects Awards on the 7th of May.
First I had to register my project. After that I set up my game in a large room. About one and a half hours later, a judge came to me. I told her all about my game that I had made. When the judge left, I went over to see Kate and how she had got on with her Galileo board.

Ronan showing his project at the CoolestProjects

Ronan showing his project at the CoolestProjects

At five o’ clock, we went to the Awards ceremony. First up on stage, was the Scratch contestants. There were ninety five Scratch projects which was the biggest category. I was one of these.

I received my yellow belt for entering the competition. I was delighted with this. I sadly did not win.

I lifted the Liam MacCarthy Cup which was borrowed for a few hours from the GAA Dublin Museum and was on show in the Helix. It was very heavy and it was HUGE!! I was over the moon to lift the Liam MacCarthy Cup.

Ronan lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup. His other passion is GAA!!

Ronan lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup. His other passion is GAA!!

The next day I attended a few talks with my Mum. One talk was about making my own App.

I am delighted with myself for going to the Coolest Projects. I have already started my next game for the Coolest Projects 2015.

Ronan hanging out with the CoolestProject winners and their milk carton robot from Italy!

Ronan hanging out with the CoolestProject winners and their milk carton robot from Italy!

Thank you Ronan for your story! On behalf of CoderDojo Clonakilty we would like to congratulate Ronan on his great year so far at CoderDojo and also congratulate all the ninjas who have achieved so much this year. We hope you are all enjoying your Summer holidays and look forward to seeing you back at the Quality Hotel for CoderDojo 2014/2015 in September. Watch this space for more updates.

CoderDojo Clonakilty & Scratch Competition National Finals 2014


It has been a very busy year so far at CoderDojo Clonakilty. A number of our young coders have entered the National Scratch Competition while others continue to work on their CoolestProjects. Not to mention lots of great stuff going on with the #intelgalileo projects. Watch this space.

We would just like to say congratulations to all those from Clonakilty who entered the 2014 Scratch Competition. Thank you for all your hard work and for your highly creative and wonderful Scratch project submissions.

25 projects out of 960 entries from all over Ireland were selected to proceed to the National Finals and by all accounts the standard of Scratch projects created this year was exceptionally high.

We are delighted to announce that 2 projects were selected from Clonakilty CoderDojo this year – “Yoy Snakes” by Tom O’Donovan in the Junior Infants to 1st Class Category and “Catch the Fly” by Ronan Coakley in the 2nd Class to 4th Class Category.

The finals will take place in the Printworks conference centre in Dublin Castle next Friday and we would like to take this opportunity to say well done to Tom and Ronan and wish them the very best of luck!

Certificates will be awarded to all students that entered the competition so congrats to everyone including mentors and parents who helped in any way on any of the projects!!

CoderDojo Clonakilty will resume on Friday 9th May (Register at ).

Look forward to seeing you all soon!

CoderDojo Coolest Projects

Message below from Noel King of DCU CoderDojo:

CoderDojo are delighted to announce the Coolest Projects Awards will be taking place in Dublin City University on the weekend of the 7th and 8th of June. We currently have a great team working on planning and creating this event and are delighted to see this event expanded to European dojos this year.

The event is all about the members and is a celebration of what they have created in CoderDojo over the last year. So we would love to see dojos from all over Ireland and Europe come together and showcase the members great projects.

For European dojos interested in attending please fill in the following form.

Members can register at

We are really looking for to the Coolest Projects Awards and hope you will be able to join us.

Our email address is and twitter @coolestprojects

Of course we in Clonakilty would love to be a part of this. We already have some individuals and teams working on their projects so it will be awesome to attend the CoolestProjects in June! Watch this space!!

2014 ICS Scratch Competition

Scratch_LogoThe Irish Computer Society’s annual Scratch Competition is accepting entries up until 7th March 2014.  The finals will be held in Dublin Castle on May 2nd 2014.

You must enter through an organisation that has registered for the competition.  Kids from the Clonakilty Dojo should let Margaret know if they have a project to enter or if they want help with their projects.  Parents can email Margaret at  Click here to read more about the competition.