Credit Union quiz is hotly contested
The winners and runners-up of the local round will go through to the chapter final
Enniscorthy Credit Union has held its heat of this year's annual credit union school's quiz and it proved to be a hotly contested event.
The local round of the quiz - which this year celebrates its 28th anniversary - was held in the Riverside Park Hotel.
One of the most popular initiatives in the credit union it attracts a lot of interest from local schools each year and this time around was no different with 29 schools entering through 56 different teams.
They were welcomed to the event by the Chairman of Enniscorthy Credit Union, Nick Cosgrave, who thanked the teachers and parents for organising the teams and getting them to the venue.
Mr Cosgrave highlighted the fact that for the local organisation the quiz is more than just a promotional event.
'One of our operating principles refers to social responsibility and contributing to the education of our members and potential members,' said Mr Cosgrave.
'With this event we are encouraging local children to work together and see what they are capable of achieving as part of a team,' he added.
As an acknowledgement to the parents and teachers there was also a raffle on the night for two €50 prizes which were won by Catherine Nolan and Sophie Fielding.
Mr Cosgrave thanked the volunteers who corrected answers, kept scores and acted as quiz assistants collecting answer sheets. He also thanked the staff of the Riverside Park Hotel for their help on the day.
The quizmaster was Liam Waters who had everyone under starter's orders at 3 p.m.
There were two sections on the day; one for under-11s and one for under-13s.
A spokesperson for the organisers commented to this newspaper: 'As Enniscorthy Credit Union had more than 20 schools represented in the schools quiz this year both the winner and the runner-up in each [category] is sent forward to the next level of the quiz - Chapter level - which will be held in early March.'
The winning teams at chapter level will go through to the Grand Final which will be held in the RDS, Dublin, on Sunday, April 7.
Caim National School won its way to the grand final in the under 13 section last year for Enniscorthy Credit Union and everyone is hoping for even more success this year.
The spokesperson said the quality of answering and the knowledge of the contestants was very impressive this year and resulted in tie-breaks being used to decide 2nd, 3rd and 4th places in the U13 quiz. A tie-break also decided 4th place in the U11 category.
Following a very close competition the overall winners were composed of: Under-11: 1st - Murrintown National School; 2nd - Patrick's NS, Crossabeg; 3rd - St Joseph's NS, Bree; 4th - Marshalstown NS; Under 13:
1st - St Senan's Primary School, Enniscorthy; 2nd - Oylegate NS; 3rd - St Joseph's NS, Donard; 4th - Scoil Mochua, Oulart.
Mr Cosgrave, thanked all of the teams for competing and he wished the winners and runners-up the best of luck at the chapter level of the competition.