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Maguire, Ciara

Republic of Ireland

Ciara was originally born in the UK in London but she grew up in the village of Holy Cross in County Tipperary, Republic of Ireland. Both of her parents are Irish and after working and living in London for 20 years they wanted to bring their children (a boy and a girl) up in Ireland. Ciara attended the local primary school in the village of Ballycahil. She went on to the Ursuline secondary school Thurles. She believes that this school had a holistic approach to education as they encouraged public speaking, music, sport etc. Ciara has embraced this ethos and as a result was introduced to the Soroptimist International and their public speaking competition for young girls.

Ciara is now attending college and is entering her third year. She will be specialising in physics and astrophysics. The purity of physics appeals to Ciara as physics strives to explain fundamental mechanisms that is to explain the world through the language of maths. She sees this as the building blocks to everything. Despite its complexity and challenges, she feel that she has chosen the right career path to fulfill her curiosity. Recently, Ciara has been awarded the Intel's "Women in Technology Scholarship". This was awarded to 5 female students from Irish universities who have been studying STEM subjects – i.e. Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

During her free time Ciara often participates in college activities. The charity based societies like St. Vincent de Paul carry out a weekly soup run for the homeless in Dublin and Ciara tries to help with this as often as possible. For hobbies, Ciara has a keen interest in cooking and baking. She enjoys traveling to learn and experience new cultures. Fitness is also a key aspect in Ciara's life, she swims and cycles often.