Limerick family’s joy as Darcy found safe and sound

first_imgNewsLocal NewsLimerick family’s joy as Darcy found safe and soundBy Editor – June 10, 2013 753 Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Advertisement Sadia Coptu and her brother Adeel with Darcy.A VERY special four-legged friend has been reunited with the Limerick family whose lives have been changed by his arrival in their home.Darcy, a two-year old black labrador who is an Autism assistance dog, went missing last week and was the focus of a huge search campaign to get him back to his heartbroken owner, nine-year old Sadia Coptu.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mallow-based charity Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland launched a social media campaign to locate him.Clare dog warden and ISPCA welfare officer, Frankie Coote rescued the dog from a derelict building, where he had gotten in but could not  get out again.“Everyone was involved – taxi drivers, gardai, the public. I kept my phone on all night. I would always try very hard to find any dog that is reported missing but everyone helped and pushed even harder because this dog was owned by a child with special needs”.Darcy went missing in Ennis last week when the family stopped at a garage for a coffee. “There was a very loud noise and he just bolted. He was on the lead but got such a fright he just took off,” Frankie explained.Sadia’s mother, Miriam said the Dooradoyle family were delighted that Darcy had been found safe.“The changes that we have seen with Sadia since the dog arrived have been very important for us. Before, going to the beach or just going for a walk was hell because Sadia has no sense of danger – she would just run off or run on to the road. Now she sticks closely to the dog.“She has become very attached to him. We give Darcy commands and she follows him. It means we can do things as a family”, Miriam said. First Irish death from Coronavirus Email WhatsApp Facebook No vaccines in Limerick yet Previous articleA tasty Limerick dish for Celebrity MasterchefNext articleFoul play ruled out after grandmother’s body found Editor center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Print Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended TAGSautism assistance dogDarcyfeaturedFrankie Cootefull-imageSadia Coptu Twitter Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLlast_img read more

St Patricks NS win battle of the bots at Limerick’s Analog…

first_imgSeveral Limerick charitable organisations welcome Lifeline Donation from Analog Devices Aj Walsh, Freya Wiegand and Vivienne O’Brien Roxboro National School at the 6th Annual Analog Devices Primary School Robotics Competition which took place in Limerick this weekend.  They were competing alongside over 100 primary school students who went to battle with their self-designed sumo wrestling robots in a competition designed to promote STEM. Pic True MediaSTUDENTS from St Patricks N.S Bruree wrestled their way to victory at the 6th Annual Analog Devices Primary School Robotics Competition which took place in Limerick this weekend.More than 100 primary school students to battle with their self-designed sumo wrestling robots in a competition designed to promote science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The hugely popular challenge attracted students from 32 primary schools across Limerick city and county and saw teams of 10 to 12-year-olds gather in Analog Devices on Saturday morning to build their own robots before entering the ring and pitting their robotic creations against each other sumo-style that afternoon.Teachers, parents, family and friends cheered on the children during the tense and dramatic knock-out rounds. Not just judged on their robot’s performance, the teams were also awarded points for teamwork as well as design and innovation.Pictured is Grace Weaver, Saint Patrick’s, National School, Bruree. Pic True MediaAfter a highly competitive finale, John Hayden, Grace Weaver and Jamie Heffernan from St Patricks N.S Bruree emerged as the 2020 Analog Devices Primary School Robotics Champions.  Gaelscoil Chaladh an Treoigh were runners up.Now in its sixth year, the event aims to promote STEM amongst primary schools’ students by giving them the opportunity to design, build and program their own robots.Due to the popularity of the challenge, the company is running a pilot with primary schools in the Analog Devices office in Cork this coming March.Brendan O’Dowd, GM Industrial Automation, Analog Devices said the event shows children that “science, technology, engineering and maths is fun and to encourage them to consider studying STEM subjects”.“Whether they realise it or not, today they have shown great initiative, teamwork and problem-solving skills while developing their STEM skills,” he said, adding, “Who knows what little spark these competitions will plant for their futures? But students who work as a team toward a common goal are developing the skills required in the future.”The day-long competition started with an Advanced Robotics Workshop where teams of 3 or 4 students designed and built their own innovative robots for a sumo wrestling style competition. In the afternoon, each team played 3 matches as part of the pool stages with the top 16 teams going forward to tense and exciting knock-out rounds where the final points were allocated. At the end of the Final, the team with the highest points was crowned the overall winners.John Hayden, Grace Weaver and Jamie Heffernan, students from Saint Patrick’s, National School, Bruree who wrestled their way to victory at the 6th Annual Analog Devices Primary School Robotics Competition which took place in Limerick this weekend. Pic True MediaThe competition was opened in December when Analog Devices invited all primary schools with more than 120 pupils in the Limerick city/county region to enter. Within six minutes of the registration process opening, all the places were filled.Each registered school then received a robotics workshop designed for 10 to 12-year-olds. Almost 950 students were taught the basics of robotics, and each student worked to design, build, and test their own robot in a team.The workshops were hosted by LearnIt on behalf of Analog Devices. Each team had to build a robot, using Lego Mindstorms technology and compete against each other for the school prize and to represent their school in the 2020 Analog Devices Primary Schools Robotics Final Competition.Mervyn Horgan from LearnIt commented said, “Technology has become central to so many parts of our everyday lives from how we communicate to health and from transport to food production.“This programme allows school-going children the opportunity to access and learn some of the basic principles behind all this technology in a fun environment and inspire them to continue with STEM subjects and be excited about the possibilities ahead’’. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick on Covid watch list WhatsApp Twitter Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TAGSAnalog DeviceseducationIrelandLimerick City and CountyNewsroboticsSTEM TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Previous articleWATCH: Neville cruises to 60m sprint national titleNext articleLimerick artists and creatives encouraged to apply for funding Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] center_img Email Advertisement Print Linkedin NewsEducationSt Patricks NS win battle of the bots at Limerick’s Analog Devices Primary School Robotics CompetitionBy Cian Reinhardt – March 2, 2020 676 Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 Facebooklast_img read more