15 June 2019


Adam Cunningham

A self-confessed ‘creative coder’, 14-year-old Adam has been passionate about code since joining his local CoderDojo in Athenry six years ago.

Quite the computer whizz, he loves coding his own games, has won awards at Dublin’s ESB Creative Tech Fest and Galway’s Tech Féile, and even teaches like-minded pals at his school’s lunchtime Computer Club. Not limited to virtuosity behind a keyboard, Adam has also been playing classical guitar since the age of six, has enjoyed Taekwon-Do since age seven, has a mind for chess and is a native Gaeilgeoir – Phew!

Read more about Adam:

“My name is Adam Cunningham and I’m 14 years old. I live in Athenry, Co. Galway, with my parents and younger sister Katelyn. I’m a second-year student at Coláiste an Eachréidh, an all-Irish secondary school here in Athenry, and I did my primary education at GaelScoil Riada in Athenry – meaning my entire education has been through the medium of Irish.

I have several interests and hobbies which I enjoy doing in my free time. I have been taking classical guitar lessons since I was six years old and I am a member of the Senior Guitar Orchestra in the Athenry Music School. We play a number of concerts each year, most notably our annual Mega Concert and annual Guitar Festival Concert. We have performed for Ryan Tubridy as part of the RTÉ Big Music Week, and we have also performed with John Spillane as part of the TG4 programme ‘Spillane an Fánaí’.

Another one of my hobbies is the Korean martial art of Taekwon-Do. I’ve been a member of the Galway Taekwon-Do School since the age of seven. I am the holder of a green belt with blue stripe, and I hope to obtain my blue belt at my next grading. I’ve competed in several national competitions with some success. Recently, I won a silver medal in the patterns competition at the ITF Ireland Cup 2019, which took place in Cork.

I also enjoy a game of chess and I’m a member of the chess club at my school. Recently, I was on the chess team that represented our school at a team tournament in Galway. We placed fourth out of more than 20 competing schools.

However, my true passion lies with coding and all things I.T. related. I have been attending our local CoderDojo here in Athenry for the past six years. From it, I have gained a lot of experience using Scratch, Unity and my all-time favourite, JavaScript and I enjoy coding my own games. Recently, I entered and attended the ESB Creative Tech Fest and Tech Féile competitions held in Dublin and Galway, respectively. I won the ‘Duais Chruthaitheachta’ award at Tech Fest after entering with a game called ‘Cubby an Ciúb’ and the ‘Códóir is Fearr’ award at Tech Féile with two other games. I’m also a member of the Computer Club in my school which is held at lunchtime, where I am involved with teaching JavaScript to some of the club members.”