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Friday 19 July 2019

Shane (12) is Ireland's youngest chief exec with on-line smart library

TWELVE-YEAR-OLD Shane Curran has become Ireland's youngest chief executive with the launch of his new software business Libramatic.

The techno-wizard from Rathmines in Dublin has created a system which allows librarians to manage their book loaning and return system by simply scanning the book's ISBN code with a smartphone camera.

It's Shane's first technology company but the primary school student has been honing his IT skills since the age of six when he taught himself computer programming and created several websites.

Shane says he came up with his latest idea after watching his school spend a lot of money on a library system where all the book details had to be typed in.

With Libramatic, the librarian can simply scan in the book and "the service finds the book's information online and stores this in the library's database so that the book can be loaned out and returned".

Libramatic was launched at the Dublin Beta start-up event which allows young entrepreneurs to demonstrate their product and talk to investors.

Coder

Speaking at the launch, Shane said his system had a global audience and could be used by schools, public libraries and people with home libraries.

The young coder has been "playing computer games since I was about four or five and I decided to make a few websites.

"I taught myself HTML so I could make a cheat website for the Club Penguin game."

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