Launched: 2013

Organisers: Robotics Ireland , St. Gerald’s College , PDST & Colmac Robotics

Sponsors: Robotics Ireland & Science Foundation Ireland

Contact: Declan Askin, St. Gerald’s College


The Irish Junior Mini Sumo Tournament is the first robotics tournament of its kind in the EU for second level students. The competition is the brain child of Declan Askin, Head of the Technology Dept. at St. Gerald’s College in Castlebar.

“Sumo robotics competitions are a feature of Universities throughout the world. In Ireland, the third level Universities have a mini sumo robot competition run by Robotics Ireland. All of the best students from Trinity, UCD, UCC all fighting it out, building Mini Sumo robots. So I thought to myself, well, why should only third level students build Mini Sumos?”

The 2014 tournament saw over twice as many entries as the first year from students all over the country and planning has already begun for Mini Sumo 2015!