Maggie Gough Competition


The Maggie Gough Competition is an online competition which tests the problem solving skills of Junior and Senior Cycle students. It is named after the first known Irish woman to receive a PhD in Mathematics – Maggie Gough (Sr Mary de Lellis Gough). More info can be read here

The winning design of the trophy was by Ava Murray from Gallen Community School.

Below are links to the inaugural competition questions which you can use with your own students. It is important that you click ‘Duplicate It”. This will duplicate the form and you can use it as your own.  The questions are self correcting and you will be able to see your student’s responses.

2023 English                       2023 Irish

A full analysis of the Maggie Gough competition, 2023 can be found below.


  • There were 18,794 entries from 215 schools across the country.
  • 464 were completed through Irish.
  • Four students achieved the maximum 20 points.
  • A total of 55 achieved 16 or higher.
  • The mean was 5.38 and the standard deviation was 2.81.
    While the scores seem quite low, the competition is meant to challenge students and get them to think. It was particularly challenging for 2nd year students with a mean of 4.37 and a standard deviation of 2.19.

Maggie Gough Summary 2023