Roscrea Credit Union hosted it’s much anticipated annual school's quiz recently. Once again the quiz attracted a massive turnout with teams from Roscrea and it’s neighbouring parishes and villages all taking part.
The competition was broken into two categories A & B representing two different age groups. The woman in the hot seat posing the questions was Mai Phelan and the eventual winners of the two categories came from Dromakeenan National School. Both teams can be very proud of their achievements.
The A Category winners representing Dromakeenan National School were Luke Watkins, Caoimhe Dooley, Leanne Pardy-Power, and Saoirse Lalor. The runners up were Shinrone National School and they were represented by Eoin Egan, Dylan Dockery, Cian Wakefield, and Hazel Young.
Winners of the B Category were Dromakeenan National School and representing their team was Kelly Feehan, Dearbhail Flynn, Eve Du Barry, and Abbey Feehan. The runners up were from Clonlisk National School and they were represented by Cian Mc Loughlin, Sean Liffy, Paul Cleary, and JJ O Brian.
All winners including the runners up were rewarded with assorted medals to commemorate their achievements as well as Credit Union vouchers and certificates.
The Credit Unions quiz is unique in that over 20,000 children under the age of thirteen, representing 32 counties and over 300 Credit Union's nationwide take part. This is the 23rd successive year that the Irish League of Credit Unions has run the quiz, which continues to grow in strength and popularity each year. The quiz is also unique in that Credit Unions from all 32 counties on the Island, participate, making the Credit Union Annual Schools Quiz a truly nationwide event. The winners of the local quiz go on to represent Roscrea at Chapter Level in the regional finals, and the winners and runners up of both categories at that stage progress even further to the national final to be held in April. The National Finals as one would expect are very competitive and each year over one hundred teams compete for All-Ireland glory. Prizes at National Level are quiet substantial with the winning school receiving a cash grant in addition to participants receiving certificates and prizes.
Roscrea Credit Union would like to express its sincere thanks to all the Credit Union staff and directors who sacrificed their Friday evening to lend their assistance to such an important occasion on the Credit Union calendar. Thanks to Louis Cooley in particular who had the most difficult job of keeping the scores and a big thank you to the Credit Union “Youth Officer” Tracy Hynes, who helped make the presentations at the end of the event with the Credit Union Chairman, Patsy Treacy. The Credit Union would also like to thank the Staff of the Racket Hall Hotel and would also like to take this opportunity to thank the pupils, parents, teachers and principals of the participating schools for helping the Credit Union make the quiz such a fantastic and worthwhile event.