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New Irish Supercomputer Could Be Named After Ellen

A competition to name Ireland’s new national supercomputer has been launched and Ellen Hutchins is one of six names in the hat.  ‘The competition looks to shine a light on a shortlist of six pioneering Irish scientists and to educate young students about their lives and achievements’, says the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) which is running the competition launched this week by Minister Richard Bruton, Minister for Education & Skills.  School students are being encouraged to vote for a candidate accompanied by a short essay, poster or video to support their choice.

See above for launch of the schools website.

To enter the competition, visit

The deadline for entries is 12:00pm Friday 20th April.

Photo Credits: ICHEC

New Ellen Hutchins Heritage Trail

Team Ellen, of the Ellen Hutchins Festival, and Abarta Heritage have been busy this winter completing work on an exciting project, the Ellen Hutchins Heritage Trail. The results of the hard work have paid off, and the Trail Leaflet and Audio Guide are now available free to anyone interested in following in Ellen’s footsteps and hearing her story partly in her own words.

The Trail takes you round, at your pace and times of your choosing, to nine significant sites to Ellen’s story, round the shores and islands of Bantry Bay and into its neighbouring woodlands, heathland and mountains. An episode of Ellen’s story is linked to each site, written in the leaflet and enhanced by the Audio Guide, which has actors reading extracts of letters as well telling more of Ellen’s story.

The project was made possible by funding from the Heritage Council and FLAG South (Fisheries Local Action Group).

See the Heritage Trail page in the menu above for links to both leaflet (online copy) and the Audio Guide.