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Ceisteanna do mhuintir na hÉireann

February 21, 2012 in Interactive, Quizzes

A few weeks back, I mentioned my intention to take part in the Scór national quiz.  As a warm up, I was invited by the same organiser, Hugh, to take part in an Irish language equivalent.

This Trath na gCeist was organised by the Roscommon County GAA Board and took place in its main headquarters on Wednesday night last.  Tables representing 11 Roscommon GAA clubs took part.  Format-wise, it was just a table quiz in which the questions were called out ‘as Gaeilge’.

On the whole, I can say two things:

  1. My Irish isn’t half as bad as I thought it was.  Throughout the course of the night, only one question completely stumped me and, in that case, it was only one word that caused the problem.
  2. My knowledge of Ireland isn’t deep enough.  This is a funny one, given Dave’s article from before Christmas, but, as you’ll see from the questions below, this quiz featured 80 questions that were all about Ireland and NOTHING ELSE.

Our team, Éire Óg, featured myself, Hugh and two other guys, Seamus and Justin.  It was a very entertaining group to be part of.  However, we didn’t translate this good team dynamic into a podium finish.  This was a shame as there were trophies on offer for the first three teams. Actual trophies!

Our 62/80 was a good enough score – good enough, in fact, for fifth. It was nowhere near the top three though, who finished on 69, 70 and 71 points respectively.  They now go on to represent Roscommon in the Connacht round of competition. AND they get those trophies!

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Rhode Island Red

November 17, 2008 in Quizzes

Rocky - Not a hen

Rocky - Not a hen

Last Friday night, along with my mrs and two of our two friends, David and Rena, I took part in a table quiz organised by the Social Club of our local county council.  David used to work in said council.

The quiz took place in a (very brightly lit) back room of the Queens Hotel, Ennis.  It wasn’t a very big room, which was handy for the host, who had to shout out the questions.  Obviously someone had forgotten to book an amplifier!

All in all, we had a fun night.  For almost the entire time, my only bug bear would have been standard of questions.  Almost all were far too easy, apart from maybe one in each round, which would be damn near impossible.  Perhaps this was to make up for the preceding questions?  Consider: our team were two points behind the leaders a half-time (5 rounds).  At the start of the final round (9, weirdly) we were still two points behind the leaders – almost everyone had gotten straight 10s for rounds 6 through 8!

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