THE ‘ULTIMATE’ SCHOOLS QUIZ RETURNS!

Media Release: 22 October 2010

THE ‘ULTIMATE’ SCHOOLS QUIZ RETURNS!

IRISH LEAGUE OF CREDIT UNIONS LAUNCHES 2011

ALL –IRELAND SCHOOLS QUIZ 

BIG BROTHER’S BRIAN DOWLING NAMED QUIZ MASTER!!

 

(22nd October 2010) ‘Ultimate Big Brother’ champion Brian Dowling today joins the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) to launch the 2011 All - Ireland Schools Quiz.

The annual event, now in its 20th year, has become the highlight of the school calendar, attracting over 25,000 participants in over 300 venues throughout the 32 counties. Dowling launched the event and will return in April 2011as Quiz Master for the national finals that will take place in the RDS.

The Quiz will be run throughout the winter months in communities all over Ireland by volunteers from over 500 ILCU affiliated credit unions.

With the aim of encouraging teamwork among young school children under the age of 13, the questions for the Quiz are compiled by primary school teachers and will cover topics such as geography, history, music, literature and sport.

The quiz consists of two knock out stages at local and regional level and culminates in a National Final Day in Dublin in early April 2010 where 100 qualifying teams compete.

Speaking at the 2011 Quiz Launch, President of the ILCU Mark Bailey said: “We wholeheartedly support the development of young people in communities all over Ireland.  We are delighted to be here again marking the 20th Anniversary of the ‘Schools Quiz’ and to launch the 2011 event which is set to be our biggest yet.”

 He added: “I want to say a big thank you to our volunteers from credit unions nationwide who work incredibly hard to make sure this event is a success year on year. The purpose of the credit union movement is more than merely providing financial services and this is a very important event for the credit union movement. This is a way for children around Ireland to have lots of fun while learning the importance of team work in achieving success.”

This year’s Quiz Master Brian Dowling said: “So excited to be back home in Ireland and to be part of this event. It is going to be loads of fun for kids around the country over the next couple of months. I will be back in April and I am really looking forward to an exciting, nail biting final at the RDS next year!”

Registration for the 2011 Schools Quiz is now open, for registration forms or further information, contact your local credit union or visit the ILCU website at www.creditunion.ie

Teams must submit their entry on the official entry form by Monday 18th January, 2011 to their local credit union.      

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