Originally Posted by Indiego
Why is my school so **** and never tells me about any of these thing -__-
Care to elaborate? Never heard of it :L
It is similar to the Science Olympiad, but without the stupid age limit. You just have to be still be in the senior cycle of second level education (4th Year and up).
The Irish Math Olympiad used run enrichment classes in various colleges around Ireland(UCC, UCD, UL, NUIG, NUIM) from January onwards preparing students for Olympiad level maths. These were open for anyone to attend and then there was a test in May to decide the top 6 in the country to go onto the International Math Olympiad(2010 was Kazakhstan, 2011 was Amsterdam, 2012 will be Argentina AFAIK).
This year they have introduced a system where students must achieve suitable results in a testing stage before attending the enrichment classes. Your school should have been noted about this at some stage as Round1 testing was meant to have taken place 14th to 18th November.
Link to IrMO website
where you can find out more.
It mightn't be too late yet as the enrichment classes don't start in Limerick until Jan 19th anyway. I presume other colleges are the same so you may still be allowed in. I was just talking to a friend, a girl who'll be going to the Limerick one, and she said she wasn't even asked to take a Round#1 test, that her teacher put her through based on her JC experience and results so you might be okay.
If you can, I'd advise doing it. I did it in TY and while it is a lot of work at times, and you will probably find yourself out of your depth for large chucks of it, it will stop your brain from completely seizing up during the year. And you tend to make friends with like minded people there as well as you will find others who genuinely have an interest in Mathematics and Academics.
If you have any other questions, shoot!