Fourteen year old developer Cormac Kinsella has launched a free Irish Language App called “Focal.ie”. The App has been developed for both iOS & Android and is compatible with both smartphones and tablets.
Cormac is a 2nd year student at Colaiste Lú, Dundalk and one of Ireland’s youngest App developers. A regular attendee at the Drogheda Coder Dojo for the past 3 years, he has now developed and collaborated on several Apps.
Cormac was invited to be one of the 12 founding members of the recently founded Digital Youth Council of Ireland, part of a Europe-wide initiative whose objective is to encourage coding opportunities for all students and provide a platform for them to influence the National Digital Strategy.
The App allows a user to rapidly translate any word from Irish to English or English to Irish by accessing the resources of www.focal.ie, the National Terminology Database for Irish. Cormac has developed the App to access the database directly without requiring a web browser and without advertising links, thus reducing the number of keystrokes required and delivering fast response times. He hopes that anyone studying Irish or helping with homework will find it useful.
Since being published the App has already been downloaded over 500 times on Android and iOS.