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Ryan Tubridy now knows about the World Quizzing Championship

May 31, 2012 in Culture, IQO

This morning I was lucky enough to be invited on to Ryan Tubridy’s radio show on 2fm.  Ryan chatted with me about the upcoming Irish heat of the World Quizzing Championship, which will take place in Buccaneer’s Rugby Club, Athlone, on this Saturday, June 2nd.

You can listen to that segment right here:

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I’d like to thank the Academy…

May 30, 2012 in Quiz Show

After the Fact, the quiz show I hosted on Claremorris Community Radio last Winter (you know, the one I plugged mercilessly on this site!) can now officially be referred to as an award-winning production!

At their annual awards bash last weekend, Craol (the umbrella organisation for the community radio stations of Ireland), awarded After the Fact a merit award in the ‘Specialist Speech’ category.

In their official adjudication, the judges commended the programme, stating that “the presenters obviously have a great rapport, and the production values make for a very listenable show.”

As the host of the show, I’d like to thank everyone who took part over the 28 shows especially, of course, the two regular captains Andrew Newman and Marcella Connolly. We’d best get cracking on series 2!

If’d you like to listen back to any of the 28 award-winning episodes, feel free to check out the show page or subscribe via iTunes.

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Family ties: answers

May 25, 2012 in Quizzes

Here are the answers to the great picture round I posted on Wednesday in the Family ties article.

Click on the read the rest link to have a look.

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Family ties

May 23, 2012 in Quizzes

This site has been a bit quiet over the past fortnight as I’ve been busy focusing on the organisation of the Irish heat of the World Quiz Championship.  Have I mentioned that, by-the-way?  😉

The table quizzes continue, of course, and I was in action myself on Thursday night last.  I had taken notes of the questions we missed but, right now, I can’t find them.

So, in the meantime, here is a nice idea for a picture round as faced by my mate Ger on Tuesday night last, in Gilligan’s of Claremorris.

The premise is simple.  Page 1 features 12 pictures of some famous people.  Page 2 features 12 pictures of some famous and some not-so-famous faces.  The thing is, the 12 on page 2 are each the offspring of one of the folks on page 1.  So, as well as identifying the 24 faces, you have to say who is the related to who. It’s a great round, one I’d have been proud of myself.

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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:

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.

A local quiz… answers

May 10, 2012 in Quizzes

Below you will find the answers to the picture questions I published in A local quiz for local people.

Before that though, I just want to highlight a question from last Friday that I didn’t think of on Tuesday.  It could be the worst question I’ve ever heard, in terms of phrasing anyway.  Here it is:

“Who did Enda Kenny climb Croagh Patrick with last weekend?”

Do you know the answer? As it happens, we actually got a point for this one but only by getting inside the brains of the question setter to figure out who they were on about. I think we would have been within our rights to have answered John O’Mahoney, Michael Ring, John Delaney, Mayo Rose Dervla Kenny or any one of the several hundred people who climbed the mountain on Saturday, April 28th.  However, the answer they sought was Giovanni Trapattoni.

Now, on with the answers.

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A local quiz for local people

May 8, 2012 in Interactive, Quizzes

Friday night’s quizzing adventure took me to the town of Kilmaine in Mayo, along with friend Ger.  Due to a miscommunication regarding a funeral, that was our team.  But that’s a story for another day.

My wife’s people hail from Kilmaine and their name is Murphy.  That’s all I knew about Kilmaine before Friday night – the place is full of Murphys.  My lack of knowledge of other facts pertinent to Kilmaine would prove costly before the night was out though.

Firstly, we struggled to find the quiz.  “Where’s it on?” I asked Ger, as we arrived in the town.

“Murphy’s” he said.  That sounded plausible.

So, into Murphy’s Bar we went, only to find the place practically empty, just two patrons, the barman and the Late Late Show on in the corner.

“Is there a quiz on here tonight?” we asked.

“No.  It’s in the other Murphy’s – up the street there.”

Anyway, when we eventually found it, the quiz itself consisted of five rounds of 20 questions.  This is a nice idea, it certainly speeds the quiz up.  However, when one of those rounds is a ‘local’ round, it doubles the pain for those who live outside of five miles from the venue. Why publicize the quiz to the ‘outside world’ if you’re going to rig it in favour of your friends?

Some of the questions in this local round were beauts. Here’s a few I jotted down (Hint: the answer to at least one of these is Murphy):

  • What does the name Kilmaine mean?
  • When was the Kilmaine GAA club founded?
  • What team did they play in their first ever match?
  • Who went in goal for the girls’ U-15 soccer team when they won the Mayo title via a penalty shoot-out this year?
  • Who played the postman in the recent production of the play The Real McCoy in Kilmaine parish hall?
  • Who won this year’s Kilmaine Strictly Come Dancing?
  • Which bog is being cleaned this weekend as part of Kilmaine’s Tidy Towns?

Oh yes, a question starting with the words “which bog…”

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World Quiz day timetable

May 5, 2012 in IQO

As announced on Facebook last evening, the Irish heat of the World Quizzing Championship now has a home. It will take place in The Bounty, which is the clubhouse at Buccaneers Rugby Club, Ahtlone, Co. Westmeath, on Saturday, June 2nd.

This is a solo quizzing event and is run along the lines of a day during the Junior or Leaving Certificates. Albeit, a short day at the Leaving Cert, as the two papers are only one hour long each.

Here’s the timetable for the day’s events:

  • 11am: Paper 1
  • 12 noon: Correction of paper 1
  • 12.30pm: Lunch
  • 1.30pm: Paper 2
  • 2.30pm: Correction of paper 2
  • 3pm: Results and presentation of local awards*
  • 3.30pm: Innaugural meeting of the Irish Quiz Organisation

For more information on how the event is run, please read my report on last year’s event or visit the International Quizzing Association’s site

It costs €5 per person to enter and all are welcome.  Please book your place in advance though as we have to print out a copy of the two papers for each competitor.  You can do so via email at


* We will have small awards for the best result in the venue in the various categories.  For more info, check out the worldquizzing site.