Children Sought for National Knowledge Quiz

NO FEE  PIC MAXWELLS/JULIEN BEHAL Ava O’Brien (10) and Joshua O’Toole (9) show off their brain power for the launch of the 2017 All Ireland Credit Union Schools’ Quiz in the reading room of Dublin’s National Library. 25,000 children from across the country are preparing to take part in the event. Registration is now open at participating credit unions. For more info see Pic Maxwells/Julien Behal No Fee

Ava O’Brien (10) and Joshua O’Toole (9) at the launch of the 2017 All Ireland Credit Union Schools’ Quiz.
Photo by Maxwells/Julien Behal.

The 26th All Ireland Credit Union Schools’ Quiz will see 25,000 children from primary schools across the country showing off their knowledge.

The event will culminate in the national finals at the RDS on Sunday April 2nd.

There will be two knock-out stages taking place at a local and regional level, with the first taking place in the final weekend of January and the second in early March. 100 teams will then progress to the grand final.

Television and radio personality Aidan Power will fill the role of Quiz Master, with questions covering a wide range of topics including geography, history, music, literature and sport. The primary focus of the quiz is to encourage school children to learn within an environment of teamwork.

President of the Irish League of Credit Unions Brian McCrory spoke ahead of the event:

“We have an overwhelming response from schools to our annual quiz each year and participation rates again this year are extremely strong. We see the quiz as an enjoyable and fun way to nurture an environment of collaboration among our school children. Each year the national final is a very exciting event, and is a great way to show children the importance of teamwork in achieving success. We wish all those competing at local and regional level the very best of luck and once again look forward to seeing the finalists at the RDS in April.”

The quiz is divided into two sections, with Competition A being for children up to the age of 11 and Competition B for children between 11 and 13. The national finals will see the winning teams receiving €1250 per school, with the runner-up teams getting €750 for their schools, adding up to the grand total of €4,000. There will also be prizes given to local and regional winners.

Registration for the quiz is now open and registration forms are available in your local credit union. More information can be found at this webpage.

By Kevin Carney