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Olympiad Bronze for Rockwell student

Published 5 months ago 16th May 2022 by Jamie O’Flaherty

On Friday May 7th it was announced that Rory Flannigan from Johnswell in Kilkenny had won a Bronze Medal in the Winter International Challenge for Economics.

Rory Flannigan from Johnswell in Kilkenny had won a Bronze Medal in the Winter International Challenge for Economics.

This competition is run by the International Economics Olympiad.

Rory took on third level students throughout the world in this prestigious competition and was part of a team from Rockwell College that were chosen to represent Ireland in this competition.

Contestants had three tasks, firstly to sit an economics exam based primarily on behavioural economics. Task two consisted on a team event where they prepared a business case study on how to make out a successful marketing campaign for an environmentally sustainable business of their choice. Finally, students got to play the Financial Literacy Game where Rory managed a portfolio of stocks and shares.
When announcing the award Christian Benos of the University of Athens remarked ‘Rory is our youngest award recipient to receive a medal. Rory has shown a deep understanding of contemporary economics and is one to watch out for in the future.’

Photographed are Rockwell students Amy Egan (Dromcondra), Roisin Dunphy (Clonmel), Finnian Grace (Toomevara), Don Wallace (Cashel), Conor Hennessey (Cahir) and Rory Flannagan Johnswell, Kilkenny.

That was not however Rory’s only success as last February Rory was part of the Rockwell College team that finished in 4th place in the Generation Euro Competition run in conjunction between the Irish Central Band and the European Central Bank. There was further good news for Rory and the team when they were invited First Round of the Irish Economics Olympiad on Saturday.

His teacher Pat Egan reflected on Rory’s quiet determination and ability to lead and to problem solve while also remaining extremely humble despite his success.

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