Wednesday, March 18, 2015

SHE’S still only in primary school, but talented Alicia Premkumar from Carlow is already off to Trinity College!

The 12-year-old last week attended an international history conference at the famed university, where she addressed the provost of Trinity College on her award-winning project on famed Carlow scientist John Tyndall.

A sixth-class pupil at Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Alicia is the only child of Stan and Carole Premkumar from Castlewood Gardens, Carlow. Alicia’s trip to Trinity started when she established an environmental group in her school, which led to her interest and research on John Tyndall.

This study led Alicia to make contact with Carlow museum curator Dermot Mulligan, who suggested that she enter her John Tyndall project in a local history competition, which she duly won!

This led to the publication of an article by Alicia on the topic in the recent edition of Carloviana and, in turn, admiration among historians and scientists alike!

As part of her project, Alicia met Dr Norman McMillan, a senior physics lecturer at IT Carlow and a leading authority on John Tyndall, who has been an enormous support to Alicia.

“Dr McMillan has been fantastic to her and so much support,” explained Alicia’s mum Carole. “She just really enjoys it and loves going up to her little work station at home, where she loves to read books and research scientists,” said her proud mum Carole.

Launch of Carloviana by the Carlow Historical and Archaeological

Alicia addressed Trinity on Tyndall, his life and legacy and impressed all with her keen interest at such a young age.

But it isn’t all just about the books for accomplished Alicia, in fact, this week not only is she addressing academics in Trinity College, she’s also performing to hundreds in the George Bernard Shaw Theatre, playing the part of Dorothy in the local production of The Wizard of Oz.

“I don’t know how she does it, but she takes it all in her stride,” smiled Carole.

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By Suzanne PEnder
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