Ballinasloe student wins national accounting competition

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Left to right: Adam O'Reilly, Student Recruitment CPA Ireland and Dylan Donnelly 1st Year BA in Accounting student

Ballinasloe student Dylan Donnelly has won first place in a national accounting competition hosted by CPA Ireland and gamification application Quitch.

Seventeen colleges across the island of Ireland took part in the ten-week competition, with a range of theory-based accounting questions released to participants on Quitch each week.

Participants could monitor their progress under their avatar name and see their score on a leader board along with the other participants.

Dylan, a student at Technological University of the Shannon, Athlone took first place with a total of 88,619 points.

Trevor Prendergast, Head of Department, Accounting and Business Computing at TUS Athlone Campus said that they are thrilled at Dylan’s achievement which was “particularly noteworthy as he is in his first year of studies of the BA in Accounting here in TUS, Athlone campus.”

“Dylan was also competing against more experienced students in other universities, some in their final year and studying on Masters programmes.

“We are delighted that Dylan availed of this opportunity with CPA Ireland and Quitch to showcase his accounting abilities on the national stage. On behalf of the lecturing team I would like to say a massive congratulations to Dylan.”

Grainne Oats, CEO of Quitch, congratulated Dylan, the other winners and everyone who participated in this exciting competition.

“We were delighted to partner with CPA Ireland and provide students with a platform where they could use game-based techniques to answer theory-based accounting questions.

“There were brilliant results in the competition and we would like to congratulate everyone who took part.”

Gillian Peters, Director of Business Development at CPA Ireland, added: “CPA Ireland were delighted to partner with Quitch to bring the inaugural National Accounting Competition to accountancy and finance students on the island of Ireland.

“As an Accountancy Body, we are focused on innovation and we were excited to bring a new gamified learning platform to the students. Congratulations to Dylan on this great achievement.”