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Major quizzing before Christmas

November 25, 2014 in Quizzes

Sorry everyone, I’m still not back in the swing of blogging. However, I do want to keep you all connected with the major events of the Irish Quiz Organisation’s calendar.

Our next event is a biggie.  We’re hosting a satellite event of the British Open.  It will take place on Saturday, December 6th, in the Addison Lodge, Dublin.  For more info, please visit quizireland.ie.

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The day will also feature a social quiz, featuring ad-hoc teams made up on the day, with questions set by a very special quizmaster – namely me.  🙂

Upcoming quiz plans

March 7, 2014 in IQO, Quizzes

identify-the-flagsHi all. I’m afraid my life outside quizzing is still affecting my ability to (find the time to) post articles here on the site.

However, I am still managing to find the time to attend the odd quiz. Things would really be bad if I couldn’t do that.

In fact I have a few events coming up in the next few days. Tonight I will take part in a table quiz in aid of the IHCPT, a children’s charity, which is being held in the Dalton Inn in Claremorris. It’s down for 8pm so come on in too if you’re about.

Tomorrow (Saturday) will see the the IQO host their first big event of 2014. The 2014 Irish Open will take place in The Addison Lodge, Dublin. A full day of quizzing, featuring team, individual and social quizzes, it is open to all and all are welcome. For more information, check out the event page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/232690113582313/.

I’m afraid the Movies Quiz, previously announced for next Monday night in The King’s Head in Galway has been postponed. The next big quiz in the Galway venue will be the third annual Galway Food Festival Quiz, which will take place on the night of the Easter Monday public holiday. I better get preparing.

As it happens, I will be hosting a quiz next week. On Friday next, I’ll be asking the questions at a quiz in aid of the primary school I attended in my youth. That should be fun!

Right, now for a few questions to keep you interested. I was at a quiz (for the school attended by my daughter) on Wednesday night. I just turned up on my own and was recruited by a team of three ladies who had a spare seat at their table.
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Getting back to quizzing

February 18, 2014 in Quizzes

LatinQuarterQuiz

January was quite the month, what with the documentary and an ensuing newspaper article, both detailing my involvement in quizzes.

Since then, alas, I haven’t had much time to think about quizzes as my mother became seriously ill a few weeks back. She’s still in hospital but is recovering, I’m glad to report.

Before that, I had agreed to once again become the quizmaster for a series of quizzes in The King’s Head bar in Galway. Now that mum is on the mend, I will be able to follow through and that commitment and host as planned. Which is a good job, as the first one is scheduled for tomorrow night.

Here is the upcoming calendar of quizzes, hosted by yours truly:

  • February 19th: Galway Latin Quarter Quiz (“GK”: both general and Galway knowledge)
  • March 10th: Oscars 2014 Movie Quiz
  • April 21st: Third annual Galway Food Festival Quiz
  • May 19th: World Cup Finals Quiz

Don’t forget either the two IQO-run quiz events which are scheduled for the next few weeks. This Friday the IQO teams up with SVP for a charity quiz and, on March 8th, the second annual Irish Quizzing Open will take place. Both of these events will take place in the ‘Wembley’ of Irish quizzing, the Addison Lodge in Dublin.

Thankfully the rest of the group have taken care of all the organising for these events which means a double win for me as I’ll get to take part in both of them. Thanks folks!

My day as a BIFFO

October 7, 2013 in IQO, Quizzes

sad-clownAs outlined in my post from last Friday, I had to both achieve something spectacular on Saturday and hope for a bit of a miracle in the performances of my rivals for the Irish A team.

Alas, it was not to be. As Larry Gogan says regularly (and Kevin Jones said very rarely on Saturday), the questions in this month’s Hot-100 quiz didn’t suit me. I found it quite hard and puffed and panted my way to 49/100. As it turned out, everyone else found it hard too and that number was good enough for second in the room, behind the aforementioned Mr Jones.

However, even before we’d heard from the other venues I knew that I hadn’t done enough. The top Irish score was already at least the 55 scored by Kevin, so the best ranking score I could have received was (49/55) x 100 = 89. As outlined on Friday, I needed something in the mid-90s to improve my fifth-place ranking.

So it’s the B1 team and the Aspirational Cup for me. That will be fun in a different, lower pressure kind of way. If the A team do well, and I am seriously optimistic, I’ll have no shame in saying “I’m with those guys!”*
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Behold! Some quizzing

July 16, 2013 in Housekeeping, IQO, Quizzes

desert-oasisI don’t know about where you live but round here (west of the Shannon) it is most definitely quizzing off-season.

What is a quiz addict to do? I guess you take your quizzing fun where you can. For instance, I am hosting a quiz this Friday evening. Ok, it’s vicarious quizzing for yours truly but at least it will get me out of the house my brain into quiz mode.

It might also be good for you, if you live in the Galway area. The quiz is in aid of the Solstice Arts Group, which is based in Headford. It will take place in Campbell’s Tavern, Cloughanover (which is on Headford end of the Galway-Headford Road) and kicks off at 8.30pm. Expect a wide selection of arty questions. 😉

If you don’t live around Galway though, fear not. Ireland’s two largest cities now have a central information point for quizzes in their area. The Irish Quiz Organisation has created two new Facebook pages to co-ordinate and promote quizzes in Dublin and Cork. Presuming you’re already a member of Facebook you can check them out at the following addresses: www.facebook.com/TableQuizzesInDublin / www.facebook.com/TableQuizzesInCork. These are just the first two such pages – other regions will be given their own pages in the near future.

Finally, good news for fans of After the Fact. The show’s third series will begin with a live broadcast on Friday, August 9th, at 8pm, as part of the Claremorris Community Radio Broadcastathon. I’ll post more about the show as that date approaches.

Post-Olympics good news glow

August 14, 2012 in Housekeeping, Interactive

Welcome back all. Or rather, welcome back to myself, as I’ve returned from my holidays on the lovely Iveragh Peninsula.  And it was lovely, the weather was fine.  Alas, the tv reception wasn’t so good so I missed a lot of the Olympics.  Still, that gave me the excuse to actually go outside and enjoy the scenery.

I’ve returned to a couple of pieces of good news. Firstly, this site right here has been long-listed for the 2012 Irish Blog Awards!  Thanks so much to all of you who took the time to send in a nomination.

Secondly, we now have a date for the IQO‘s first provincial Quiz Grand Prix.  It will take place in The Clarendon Bar, Derry, on Saturday 29th September.  I’ll have more info for you on the event as they get decided on.  Right now, I can say that there will be singles and team quizzes and that all are welcome!  I’ll keep you all up-to-date here on the site over the next few weeks.

In other news, this year’s European Quizzing Championships will take place in Tartu, Estonia, from the 9th to 11th of November.  If you’d like to find out more about the event check out eqc2012.kilb.ee/index.php/en/.  Again, there’ll be more info here, as we get closer to the event.

Finally, in the wake of the brilliant 2012 Summer Olympics in London, I’ve created a little Olympics-themed quiz for you all to try out.  It’ll get your brains back into action as the Quizpocalypse comes to an end.  Roll on September! Click ‘Read the rest…’ to do the quiz.

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