President of DCU launches ‘CloudCORE’ the first Academic Cloud Research Centre in DCU

CloudCORE LaunchPictured from left to right:  Mr. Jim Dowling, Dean, Faculty of Engineering & Computing, Prof. Brian McCraith, President, DCU, Prof. Mike Scot, Head of School, School of Computing, Mr. Ray Walshe, Director, CloudCORE.

The School of Computing, in conjunction with various collaborators are delighted to launch CloudCORE Research Group Centre in DCU.  Cloud Computing promises huge benefits to all users of Information Technology from individuals to the largest corporate users.

Cloud computing facilitates on-demand network access to a shared pool of computer resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) in a fast and cost effective manner.

It is a major evolving industry that will revolutionise how business and public sector organisations run their operations and deliver products and services.  If Ireland acts now, Cloud Computing will deliver much needed competitiveness and jobs for the Irish economy.  Cloud Computing makes Information Technology a low operating cost rather than an expensive capital investment.  This will help small firms in all parts of the economy to grow and could lead to the formation of 2,000 new small and medium enterprises.  It also has the potential to transform how children and students are educated in Ireland.

DCU Graduate Introduces Children as Young as age Six to Programming

Noel King, a graduate from the School of Computing in conjunction with Google has become involved in a non-profit program called Coder Dojo.   Centres have been set up in Dublin, Cork and Limerick to teach children how to program from the age of 6.  It is an all year round program which runs every Saturday from 11 to 5 in Google HQ on Barrow Street and it is open to all children with no barriers to entry i.e. they don't charge anything and don't require kids to bring laptops.  Some really strong developers from Ireland and Multinational companies are there teaching the skills.  

Noel said "I believe if we can teach over 100 children a year programming skills it should lead to a increase in IT related courses, stronger undergraduates entering university and thus providing better candidates to companies in the medium term.  We started last week in Google's HQ with HTML and are planning to teach them HTML, Web Development, C, Objective C and Java.  I am very excited by this program and really feel it has the potential to lay a strong foundation to encourage IT talent at a young age in this country".  

If you are interested in helping out or if you know any parent or child who has a passion for computing and want to learn more, the progam's website is:


1000’s of vacancies in 600+ Irish Software Companies!

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As Ireland struggles under the continued economic crisis and with unemployment at 14.3% (approx 470,284 people), you would expect all sectors of business to reduce the numbers of their employees. However, IT businesses and more so, Irish IT businesses are aggressively hiring with many companies expanding their operations here in Ireland.

4th Year Computing Graduate wins IBM Laptop

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Following on from the hugely successful Final Year Projects Expo 2011.  James Flynn and Brendan Murray of IBM Ireland announced Graham Rhodes, 4th Year student from the BSc. in Computer Applications as the winner of a high spec laptop for the best use of Opensource in his project.  Graham is one of the many recent graduates who were offered employment or job interviews with many IT companies.

Recent reports show a significant rise in job opportunities in the ICT sector and a shortfall of graduates to fill the vacancies. Ireland has created 5,000 jobs in the technology sector since 2010 and employers expect more opportunities for software engineers in the future.  

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