Congratulations to all 400 finalists who took part in the grand final of the All Ireland Schools Quiz on Sunday, April 2nd. A fantastic afternoon was enjoyed by all at the RDS Arena in Dublin. After 12 nail-biting rounds, Donard National School, Co. Wexford, representing Enniscorthy Credit Union, and Kilmacrennan National School Co. Donegal, representing Letterkenny Credit Union, were crowned the national winners of the Under 11 Years category and the 11-13 Years category respectively.
At next year's Schools Quiz we're hoping to have local schools at the finals and then who knows what might happen! We would like to congratulate all the teams that took part this year and we look forward to seeing more teams next year. A huge thanks to all the teachers and volunteers that made the quiz possible.
The hotly contested event attracted more than 25,000 participants this year. The local and regional knockout rounds were organised by volunteers from 400 ILCU affiliated credit unions, and took place in over 300 venues throughout the 32 counties over the winter months.
The 400 school-children who made it through the first gruelling rounds to Sunday’s grand final forgot the nerves for a few hours when our Credit Union Youth Ambassadors, Gary and Paul O’Donovan brothers arrived. The Olympic silver medallists, who are fronting the ILCU’s ‘Inspiring the Next Generation’ social media campaign, joined in with some of the pre-Quiz fun and games and took to the stage to have some words of encouragement with the Quiz teams before the questioning began.
This year’s Quizmaster was radio and television personality Aidan Power, who was a big hit with the children and spectators alike.
What the ILCU President Had To Say
Speaking at the event, ILCU President Brian McCrory said “Every school child who participated in all rounds of the Credit Union Schools Quiz this year should be hugely proud of their achievement. I would like to congratulate each and every one of them, along with their teachers and parents, for the time they dedicated and the effort they demonstrated. A special word of congratulations must be given to all of the 100 finalist teams today. Making it to the national final takes a huge amount of effort and they should all be extremely proud. The competition was fiercely fought in the end and our two winning teams are extremely deserving of the title. I hope all of the children here today enjoyed the event as much as those of us spectating did.”
Mr McCrory continued “For 26 years now the ILCU has run the Schools Quiz because we see it as an important way of nurturing and developing children’s social, research and team-work skills and abilities. The numbers taking part in the quiz each year is a testament to its continued popularity in communities throughout Ireland."
How The Questions Are Made
The questions for the All Ireland Schools Quiz are compiled each year by primary school teachers and cover topics such as geography, history, music, literature and sport. The event is a popular fixture on the annual school's calendar and aims to encourage and develop teamwork and collaboration between schoolchildren.