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Brickin' it ... Dubs take top slot in Lego Euro contest

A TEAM of students will represent Ireland at a European design competition in Germany after beating 300 competitors.

Students from Citywide Education Youth Centre in Tallaght wowed judges with their personally designed robot and their "outstanding" senior solutions project which saw them develop an app that reminds the elderly of their appointments and to take their tablets.

Other designs included a phone alert system in the event of a fall, an adapted mobile for the elderly, a portable step and a buzzer to find lost walking canes.

The designs were displayed at the 2013 First Lego League Championship in Galway where 28 teams took part.

The group said they were over the moon to be going to the European Finals in May.

Speaking about their app, Jakub Palusinski (13) from Tallaght, said: "It doesn't exist in the market and we've made it very simple so it's easy to use."

Daire Hennessy (14) from Tallaght said: "We're just so proud to be representing the country."

The winning team went head-to-head with a French group in the final event.

The Parisian group invented a phone alert system for elderly people, focusing specifically on those with osteoporosis.

Students at St Gerard's in Castlebar, Co Mayo, won the project award for their invention, a step aid to assist the elderly.

Bernard Kirk, director of The Galway Education Centre, said: "We have had teams competing successfully all over Europe as well as Asia and America."

ccrawford@herald.ie