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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:  That’s not compulsory though; you can simply pay on the day should you choose.

I hope to see you all there!

And now for something completely different…

May 21, 2013 in Culture


Which famous Communist would win in a quiz about football and popular culture?  The Monty Python team find out.

If you’re in Ennis this Thursday…

May 14, 2013 in Quizzes

Ennis quiz

It’s a busy week of quiz hosting for yours truly!  Here’s my second gig, this time in Ennis, Co. Clare.  If you’re in that part of the world, please come on in and support this worthy cause.

If you’re at a loose end in Galway…

May 13, 2013 in Quizzes


I’ll just leave this here…

Quizzing, at C level

May 10, 2013 in Quizzes

A final guest blog on the 2013 Celtic Nations Championship.  Today, Ger Slattery tells us what it was like to be on the Irish C team in Edinburgh.

The edge of New Zealand's largest lake

The edge of New Zealand’s largest lake

I was delighted to take part in the inaugural Celtic Tri-Nations Quiz. It was a nice, yet humbling, experience. To be in the presence of, and compete against, some of the World’s top quizzers was obviously a thrill for an amateur, not-so-experienced quizzer like myself. I achieved my main aim – not to be completely out of my depth, though it’s fair to say that I justified my place in the Ireland C team!

Arriving in to Edinburgh on Thursday night, after making the long trip from County Mayo, I spent my first day walking the streets, checking out some of the many sights of that beautiful city. After indulging in so much culture, I proceeded to that other important part of Scottish culture – the pubs!

The Ireland C team (Michelle Coyne, John O’Sullivan, Derek Cray and mé féin) started brightly, when the quizzing actually began on the Saturday morning. In the end we lost out narrowly to Scotland (whether it was Scotland A, B or C, nobody could ever be sure as they kept switching team members throughout the weekend – rather disconcerting for the opposition… but anyway!).

One of the categories I was glad our team picked (at the time!) was ‘New Zealand’. “Great”, thought I. I like all things New Zealand, especially since a lovely 3-week holiday there in 2008, and if it’s physical geography questions that come up, then I’m happier still! Lo and behold, three geography questions they were!

  1. What is the largest lake in New Zealand?  Yep, knew that! Click for answer
  2. What is the name of the mountain range in New Zealand that is one of only two mountain ranges in the World that run from north to south? “The Southern Alps”, suggested Derek. It was a decent guess, but the answer is [Click here]. And yes, I did see them on my travels, but hey, I don’t always bring my compass with me!
  3. Name the most south-westerly city in NZ…  Blank faces all round. In my defence, I didn’t pass through [Click to find out] on my travels (and, yes, it’s a city apparently!).

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A new departure (well, section)

May 7, 2013 in Culture, Housekeeping, Quizzes

departure-signOver the course of the weekend, I’ve made a few changes to the layout of this, very humble, site. now has an international section, which will host details of past and future international quizzing events and provide links and resoruces for anyone interested in venturing into the world of cross-border quizzes.

The first major addition to this section is a page all about the recent Celtic Nations quizzing championship. The page features results, standings, how the scoring system worked and an archive of (a lot of) the questions asked during this inaugural event. Thank you to everyone who contributed the information here, especially the question setters, and Welsh legend David Edwards, who compiled the scores.

In the debit column, I have demoted the site’s interactive quiz rankings. Changes to the system the site uses resulted in an annoying bug (or perhaps it was intentional?) which provided quiz participants with zero feedback after doing a set of questions.

Besides, Irish quizzing now has its own rankings system, in which anyone can take part. If you’d like to give that a go, you can find out more on the Irish Quiz Organisation’s web site.

Attack of the Killer Bs

May 3, 2013 in Quizzes

As always, I welcome guest posts here on the site, especially if covering things I missed.  Today, question writer, Presidential advisor, future TV star and, most importantly, member of the Irish quiz team, Paddy Duffy takes us through his experiences at last weekend’s Celtic Nations Quizzing event in Edinburgh.

bee_movie_109In one form or other, I’ve been quizzing for about 18 years. I’ve done GAA table quizzes in pubs with a disconcerting amount of other 10 year olds, I’ve done gameshow-style events for youth work residentials, I’ve done inter-faculty competitions and I’ve written the odd question for television.

So when my old friends and collective quiz Obi-Wans (John Nolan, Mike and Michelle Coyne) started talking about going international, I was all over it like acetylsalicylic acid in H20.

So several months after essentially being a lone ranger at Hot 100 events, I thought the Celtic Nations in Edinburgh would be a good way to test myself against the great minds of the islands and flex the old world ranking in a team for the glory of the country.  You know, take that No. 32-in-the-world ranking out for a spin to see what it could do. It turns out though that this keen mind was less Sherlock Holmes and more Maxwell Smart. Hubris will always get you in the end. Hubris, and Barry off Eggheads.
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