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Maths Newsletter


We wish all the students starting the Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate in the South and students preparing for their A-levels  and GCSEs in the North the very best of luck!

Exams of course bring the good weather and primary schools may be interested in some of the outdoor maths activities we have here.

We have more resources and activities for teachers to do with their pupils on our website.

There are also a lot of Maths events taking place all over the Island, for details, see the “What’s on Section”. This month also we pay our respects to Douglas Buchanan a part of our team and hearts who passed away recently.


Don’t forget to put the Maths Week dates 12-20 October 2024 in your plans for next term.


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If you have any questions be sure to drop us an email at [email protected]

We’d love to hear from you,

Eoin Gill

In this issue:

  • Spotlight: Douglas Buchanan

  • What's On -Events This Month

  • News



It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Douglas Buchanan last month after a short illness bravely borne.

Douglas contributed 93 “Maths beyond the Textbooks” pieces to this newsletter. The wisdom of a lifetime of teaching was evident in his writing;  containing useful advice, sharing interesting ideas and posing perplexing puzzles.

Douglas was born and educated in Zimbabwe and taught there for seven years before arriving in England in 1981. He taught at Eagle House School for 29 years and retired in July 2010. After retirement, he continued his involvement with mathematics traveling around Britain hosting his popular DCBeagle challenges. He came to Maths Week Ireland in 2012 and was an important part of Maths Week each year since, traveling to all parts of the island over the years including Dublin, Mallow, Dundalk, Letterkenny, Derry~Londonderry, Belfast, Cavan, Galway, Sligo, Athlone, Thurles, Maynooth, Waterford, Carlow, Kildare. Douglas also visited many special schools. He met each audience with enthusiasm and was always very patient and encouraging.   

Douglas was a keen rambler and was involved in a lot of volunteer work. He will have had a lasting effect on thousands of young people and their teachers.  He will be sadly missed at Maths Week Ireland.

If anyone who met Douglas through Maths Week would like to share memories they would be welcome for our tribute page.

Mathematician of the Month

Whats On

Coming Up: July

The Primary Mathematics Curriculum - The ‘How’ and the ‘What’

Sligo - Sligo Education Centre on 01-07-2024

Kilkenny-School of the Holy Spirit, Kilkenny (R95 DV56) on 01-07-2024

Monaghan-St. Anne's NS, Bailieborough,on 01-07-2024

Clare-Ennis CBS on 01-07-2024

Athlone-SummerEducate Together N.S., Tullamore on 01-07-2024

Limerick-Limerick Education Support Centre on 01-07-2024 09:30

DublinWest-Scoil Mhuire Junior School, D15 F293 on 01-07-2024

Mayo-Áras Inis Gluaire on 01-07-2024

Navan-Navan Education Centre on 01-07-2024

Galway-Scoil Einde BNS, Dr Mannix Road, Salthill on 01-07-2024

Cork- Cork Education Support Centre on 01-07-2024


Summer Course 2024: Explorers Education Programme: Exploring Ireland’s Seashore through Science, Maths, Geography, English and Art

Marine Institute01-07-2024 Galway

For Your Calenders


Maths Beyond the Textbook


In Memory of Douglas our friend, guide and prolific supplier of maths wisdom, limericks and brainteasers.



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