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!

A special word of thanks to Soundstore


A special word of thanks to Soundstore for very kindly donating some MicroSD cards to CoderDojo Clonakilty for use in our Intel Galileo projects!!


Soundstore also have great offers and if you mention you are from CoderDojo Clonakilty they will give you a special deal on your purchases and not only computer related purchases!!!

Alternatively you can contact the store directly on 021-4343377 and ask for Fergal Lowney (general manager) or indeed any member of staff could deal with a query.For more information make sure to check out

Quality Hotel Clonakilty & CoderDojo – a perfect combination!

What a wonderful endorsement we received from the Quality Hotel in Clonakilty this week. We are incredibly fortunate to have the Quality Hotel as our venue each week for CoderDojo and we are immensely grateful to David Henry, Irene O’Callaghan and all the team at the Quality for their continued support.

“The Quality hotel is in a winning location. Clonakilty is Ireland’s first fair-trade town, a tidy town and a European Destination of Excellence. More than this, it is unique for pursuing quirky initiatives and unique festivals with a community spirit that is unrivalled.

When the local CoderDojo group came to the hotel to convince us to provide them with a meeting room facility once a week, we were intrigued. Coder what? “Lots of young people writing code”. Right…hmmm…well…that sounds lovely???

So a bit of research later, we were a little more intrigued but convinced and we decided let’s give it a try.
Now two years later, we welcome the familiar sight of young children and adults arriving on a Friday evening, laptops in hand. They bring a vibe to the hotel, a slightly crazy sort of buzz that something exciting is happening!

Mums and Dads chat over a cup of coffee while watching, still slightly mesmerised, as their kids make it look so easy, writing code and completing projects that are so clever, so cool.

The CoderDojo team have produced our Christmas ecard, given us brilliant exposure on twitter and other social media channels and we are now working together to develop an app for the hotel to promote our special offers. On a Friday evening when the CoderDojo meeting is done, some families enjoy a meal in the hotel and the discussions and creativity continue. Our hotel tagline is “We’re big on the little things” and CoderDojo couldn’t be a truer ambassador of this.”


On behalf of all the CoderDojo kids, mentors and parents that attend CoderDojo each week at the Quality Hotel we would like to say THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

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!!


Many coders are very interested in MineCraft and sometimes it’s a challenge to get the kids to code instead of play MineCraft during sessions.  We had heard that some people were doing MineCraft modding sessions and then I found out about ScriptCraft by Walter Higgins, who had attended and mentored at Dojos in Cork City.

ScriptCraft is a Minecraft Mod that lets you extend Minecraft using the Javascript Programming Language. ScriptCraft makes modding Minecraft easier. It includes a logo-like “Drone” object that can be used to build complex buildings, roads, villages, even entire cities. It also includes many other features that make modding Minecraft easier.

Get started at

The Young Person’s Guide to Programming in Minecraft is a very easy step by step guide to setting up and using ScripCraft.