UL Graduate Makes History at James Dyson Awards

University of Limerick graduate Cathal Redmond has been placed joint runner-up at the 2015 annual James Dyson Awards.

The 26-year-old designed an underwater apparatus called Express Dive which allows divers to dive faster and to breath underwater for up to two minutes.

Redmond, who is originally from Bunclody in Co. Wexford is the first ever Irish student to have won the international award, beating off 700 other applicants from all around the world.

Not only will Cathal go down in history, he will also receive €7,000 to further develop his idea.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be a global runner-up in the James Dyson Award,” Redmond told

“The support I’ve received over these past months since I was shortlisted has been phenomenal, and I just want to thank everybody who has helped get me here, I couldn’t have done it without them.”

“Since winning the Irish leg of the Award and talking to different people, I’ve seen there is a huge appetite for Express Dive — I’m going to spend the money developing the safety testing and getting it ready to sell!”

Redmond, who studied Product Design and Technology at the University of Limerick is now hoping to bring his invention to the market.

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