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LATEST UPDATE (12/11/2015)

Cathal has finished as the joint runner-up in the prestigious International James Dyson Awards for his ‘Express Dive’.   He competed against over 600 students from 20 countries and won €7,000 to help further develop his device.  He was featured on  the RTE 1 six & nine o’clock News on Monday, November 9th.

UPDATE:   Cathal is now in the top 20 competitors still left in the competition!     It is a great achievement to be in the last 20 of 600. 

CATHAL REDMOND of Brady’s Cross, Gurteen, Bunclody, is a past pupil of our school (2001 – 2007).   He has recently graduated from the University of Limerick with a degree in Product & Technology  Design and has just won the 2015 Irish James Dyson award for his ‘Express Dive’. 

119431_54_news_hub_112135_588x448Express Dive allows divers to breathe underwater for up to two minutes. Once the air supply begins to run out, the user simply resurfaces and holds a button to refill the one-litre tank. He got the idea while on  holiday in Cyprus.  Unlike traditional snorkels, Express Dive allows the user to dive to much greater depths as it has its own separate air tank. Meanwhile a full scuba kit can cost in the region of €3,000, as opposed to an estimated €400 for Cathal’s device.   As part of the award, he will receive €2,500 from the James Dyson Foundation and will proceed to the international stage of the James Dyson award. He will be competing against over 600 students from 20 countries for the grand prize of €37,500 to help further develop his device.

Cathal is the second eldest son of Mr. & Mrs. Matt & Paula Redmond.   Neal Redmond in Bríd III is Cathal’s brother and other members of the family who have gone through the school are Dean, Muireann & Bobby.

[Thanks to the TodayFM web site for most of the information in the above article]


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