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World Quizzing Championship: this Saturday

May 27, 2013 in Grand Prix, Quizzes

Dublin Marked on MapSaturday next, June 1st, is the date for this year’s World Quizzing Championships.  This event takes place in 36 countries during the course of the day, with the results in the many venues being sent back to the International Quizzing Association for collation.  The new world champion will then be announced in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Following last year’s successful Athlone event, the IQO will once again host a World Championship heat here in Ireland.

A full day of quizzing will take place in the Addison Lodge, Botanic Road, Dublin. Here is the timetable for the day’s events:

11:00-11:30 Registration
11:30-12:30 World Championship Paper 1
12:30-13:00 Correcting Paper 1
13:00-13:45 Break for lunch
13:45-14:45 World Championship Paper 2
14:45-15:15 Correction Paper 2
15:30-17:00 Fun social team quiz (questions by yours truly)

These events will then be followed by the AGM of Irish Quiz Organisation and some informal team v team quizzing.

It promises to be a great day and all are welcome!  Admission for the full day is just €10.  If you’d like to take part, you can register in advance via this page: wqc2013.eventbrite.ie.  That’s not compulsory though; you can simply pay on the day should you choose.

I hope to see you all there!

Come and have a go

August 22, 2012 in Quiz Show, Quizzes

You probably ought to be able to at least name these three before you try the Championship Challenge.

Do you know your GAA facts? Would you like to win tickets to go to the All-Ireland semi-finals or even the finals themselves?  If so, you probably should give the Championship Challenge, which is running on Eircom’s GAA-based Experience More, site a go.

It’s a simple, quick-fire quiz in which you have to attempt to answer five questions in as short a time as possible.  Get 3/5 right and you’re entered into a weekly draw.  Get all five right and you’re in with a shot of topping one of the site’s four leaderboards (one for each province) which will entitle you to some fancy-shmancy corporate tickets to one of the All-Ireland finals.

To be honest, you’d have to be living under a stone to have missed this quiz, given the amount of promotion it’s received throughout the Summer, on tv and radio.  Sure, give it a go.  It’ll be one way for a Galway hurling fan to get a ticket.

In other challenging news, I’d like to wish Stephen Dodding, our surrogate Irishman (during last year’s European Quiz Championship in Bruges), all the best for his appearance on first episode of the new series of Only Connect.  Yes, I know, he’s already done the show so wishing him well doesn’t make too much sense but, still, let’s hope there’s nothing too embarassing on the tape!

Never mind me – I’m probably just jealous that he got to meet Victoria Coren.  Anyway, the show airs on Monday next, August 27, at 8.30pm on BBC Four.  You should watch it.

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After the ball

June 3, 2012 in IQO, Quizzes

The 2012 World Quizzing Championship is over for another year.  Or rather, the questions in the World Quizzing Championship are over but, like last Thursday’s referendum, the counting is still going on one day later.

The counting at our Irish heat, which took place in Buccaneers Rugby Club in Athlone yesterday morning, took significantly less time.  Admittedly, we did only have 19 competitors as opposed to the 1,600-odd (in 13 languages) that the International Quiz Association have to deal with.

On the day, the plaudits went to well-known Dublin quizzer, Lorcan Duff who scored best in Athlone with 120 points.  Yours truly was second on 114, a slight improvement on the 111 I scored in last year’s event.  As this rate, I’ll be in contention for the World Title in about 24 years!

Getting back to this year, David Fay (Dublin) finished third whilst Paddy Duffy (Belfast) was the best-placed* quizzer in the 30-and-under category and Senan Murphy (Ballina) was victorius in the 60-and-over division.  Alas we had no competitors in the 20-and-under and 70-and-over sections.

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World Quiz Championships info

May 10, 2012 in IQO

Click here for information on the Irish heat of the World Quizzing Championship, which takes place in Athlone on June 2nd: tablequiz.net/wqc/

Update (May 28th): For those travelling by car, as luck would have it Exit 4 (J10) off the motorway is closed for works until June 8th.  Please allow an extra 10/15 mins journey time.

Update (May 30th): Tomorrow morning (May 31st), I will be speaking on Ryan Tubridy’s 2fm radio show about the World Quizzing Championship heat.

Update (May 31st): Would you like to try your hand at some questions from last year’s championship? Click here to see a selection of 40 questions.  I’ll post the answers tomorrow.

Very busy week ahead

November 1, 2011 in Housekeeping

What a week I have ahead. Ok, thanks to the Public Holiday, it starts on a Tuesday but that will only result in it being even more crammed with stuff for me to do.

First off, I’m the host of tonight’s quiz in Gilligan’s, Claremorris.  As usual, the regular Tuesday night quiz kicks off around 10.30pm.  Please come on in if you’re anywhere near. I promise at least one round on Hallowe’en! 🙂

Tomorrow evening, I’ll be in the Claremorris Community Radio studios to record this week’s episode of After the Fact, our weekly quiz show that combines QI with Sesame Street.  Normally, as I’m sure you know, we do the show live on Thursday evenings at 7pm.  However, this week we can’t as I’m away.

Where will I be?  I’m part of the Irish team going to the European Quizzing Championship, which takes place in Bruges, Belgium, over this weekend.  If you’d like to find out more about the competition, please check out www.eqc2011.be. Of course, I’ll endevour to keep you all up-to-date on how the Irish team is getting on, right here on the site throughout the weekend.

It’s all very exciting but I do feel like I’ll be quite tired come next Monday!

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