BT Young Scientist Winner Unveiled as Parade Grand Marshal for Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival 2024

  • BT Young Scientist Winner, Seán O’Sullivan, Unveiled as Parade Grand Marshal for Limerick St Patrick’s Festival 2024. Photo: Piquant
Seán O’Sullivan “Honoured” to Lead St Patrick’s Day Parade in Limerick City

Limerick City and County Council are delighted to announce Limerick student Seán O’Sullivan as the Parade Grand Marshal for Limerick City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, part of the Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival 2024 weekend of celebration.

Seán made national headlines in January when his A.I related project VerifyMe secured him the top prize at the 60th BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE). 

The 17 year old is a 5th year student at Coláiste Chiaráin in Croom, where his father Ger O’Sullivan is School Principal. Seán’s project explored the development of a new artificial intelligence (A.I) detection system that uses past examples of an author's writing to detect if A.I was used to generate a piece of work. 

The theme of this year’s Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival is “Limerick: A Different Kind of Energy,” encapsulating the city and county’s constant evolution, where past and present combine to generate Limerick’s unique energy.  

Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Gerald Mitchell says Seán is an ideal choice to lead out Limerick’s main St. Patrick’s Day parade. 

“Seán’s win at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition gave the whole county a much needed lift in January and I’m delighted that Limerick will be able to collectively celebrate his achievement on St. Patrick’s Day. A.I is currently dominating the conversation in the technology sphere but there is certainly nothing artificial about Seán’s intelligence. He is a change maker and the personification of the different kind of energy that sets Limerick apart. I look forward to meeting this impressive young man on the parade route on March 17th.” 

Seán says he felt honoured by the invitation to be Limerick’s Parade Grand Marshal: 

“It's going to take a while for me to process this, but I'm honoured. I've been to the Saint Patrick's Day Festival many times and it's a celebration of everything that is Irish and I am forever grateful to be given this opportunity. While I'm going to be there representing as the BT Young Scientist of 2024, this will be so much more than myself. It’s my parents, it's the school that has nurtured this, it's a combination of everything up until this moment and I think that if anything, it will be a celebration of science in Ireland.”

Coláiste Chiaráin secured a number of wins at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2024, including Best School in the Republic of Ireland. 

“I believe that the publicity that it has given is incredible. It's highlighting everything that we champion as a school. Excellence in STEM, communication skills and just, embracing whatever a student has to offer,” said Seán.

Among the festival highlights are the traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, 17 March, and the 52nd Limerick International Band Championship on Monday, 18 March. 

Both parades will follow the same route as 2023, making their way down O’Connell Street before moving on to Henry Street and ending at Arthur’s Quay Park. 

A musical Jamboree at Arthur’s Quay Park following the International Band Championship parade is free to attend. 

Additional fringe events surrounding the parade and championship will be announced in the weeks to come. 

Limerick City and County Council is seeking participants for the Limerick City St. Patrick’s Day parade who can now register their interest: Sign Up Here

For further information visit: Limerick St. Patrick's Festival | Limerick.ie 

More details will be available in the coming weeks on Limerick.ie/StPatricksFestival and on Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

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