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CnmB QUIZ Heats 2019

8th Feb 2019


 Tyrone and Ulster Quiz: 2019



        A great sense of anticipation and excitement was felt in our local primary schools this week, as Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Thír Eoghain organised a series of quiz heats across the county. Having already had very successful tournaments for Indoor Camogie, Hurling, 4-Wall Handball and Gaelic Football, these heats were designed to find Tyrone’s top brain boxes.

This year we had almost 50 schools competing against each other.

The format of the quiz saw 60 points up for grabs over 10 rounds of 6.

The pupils faced questions on an array of subjects – predominantly Irish based – including: Geography; History; Sport; Music and Famous Irish Faces. A number of questions based on the school curriculum were also asked. Five of our local schools kindly agreed to act as host for the quiz competition, and we thank them sincerely. They were as follows:

Primate Dixon P.S, Coalisland; St. Conor’s P.S, Omagh; Edendork P.S;

St. Colmcille’s P.S, Carrickmore and St. Mary’s P.S. Ballygawley.

          In order to qualify from the Tyrone heats to the Ulster Final, schools had to secure scores that would rank amongst the top two in the county (from all five heats). The level of scoring across the county was extremely high again this year. The pupils showed a tremendous general knowledge about Ireland and all things Irish. Indeed, such was the extraordinary standard of correct answers, it soon became apparent that scores beyond 85% were required for teams to be successful.

As things transpired, one school managed a score of 53 out of 60. The team who recorded this terrific total were St. Colmcille’s P.S. Carrickmore.

Two schools hit the 52 points mark: St. Ronan’s Recarson and St. Teresa’s P.S. Loughmacrory. The tie-breaker (nearest to…) resolved matters in favour of St. Teresa’s. Very hard luck St. Ronan’s.

Therefore, we had our two Tyrone qualifiers. Taking their schools to the Ulster Final in The Hillgrove Hotel, Co. Monaghan, on Thursday 14 March are Master Gormley (C’more) and Master Gallagher (LMC), respectively.

Everyone associated with Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Thír Eoghain wishes our Tyrone representatives all the very best in their dual quest for the Tyrone Shield – awarded to our county’s highest scoring team in the Ulster Quiz Final (currently held by St. Colmcille’s P.S. Carrickmore) and, of course, the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Ulster Primary School Quiz Title 2019. Ádh mór oraibh!