DCU honour pioneer Kay

News Donegal woman one of the six original programmers of first general-purpose electronic digital computer

DCU honour pioneer Kay
Eamonn McFaddeneditorial@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

Dublin City University will re-name their campus computer building after a pioneering Donegal woman who was one of the world's first programmers.

They will rename it after Creeslough born Kay McNulty.

Born Kathleen "Kay" McNulty(pictured right) in 1921 she was one of the six original programmers of the first general-purpose electronic digital computer.

The news was announced recently at Europe’s largest science, technology and arts festival “Inspirefest” held in Dublin .

A spokesperson for DCU said their campus buildings had previously been designated simply by letters but now they are being named after pioneers in their respective fields.

“We wanted to have a balance of male and female who would have had a good connection with Ireland so Kay McNulty was one of the people selected for our L Building, which is our computer building,” they explained.

Kim Tighe from Lifford, a solutions leader with Hewlett Packard Enterprises based in Galway was at the Inspirefest event when the announcement was made and says she felt “super proud” of the news.

“It is so important to celebrate the accomplishments of amazing women like her. It is so important to have role models. If you can’t see it, you can’t be it and everyone needs to see what is possible,” Kim stated.

Kay McNulty and her family moved to Philadelphia in 1924 where she went on to enjoy a long career in mathematics and programming. She passed away in 2006.