Launch of 2017 All Ireland Schools Quiz
Media Release: 15 November 2016
25,000 children prepare to show off their brain power for 26th All Ireland Credit Union Schools’ Quiz
25,000 budding geniuses across Ireland are getting ready to show off their brain power for the 26th All Ireland Credit Union Schools’ Quiz. Every year, primary schools across the country compete in the hugely popular event, which culminates in the national finals on Sunday April 2nd in Dublin’s RDS. This year a grand total of €4,000 is up for grabs for the winning schools.
Two knock-out stages will take place at local and regional level with the first round taking place the final weekend in January, and the second stage taking place in early March. 100 teams will then make it through to the grand final; one of the most exciting events in the annual primary school calendar. Popular television and radio personality Aidan Power will show no mercy with the questions as he takes up the mantle as this year’s Quiz Master.
Volunteers from more than 300 credit unions run the quiz every year. Questions will cover a wide range of topic's including geography, history, music, literature and sport. A core focus of the quiz is to encourage learning in a teamwork setting for school children.
Speaking about this year’s event, President of the Irish League of Credit Unions Brian McCrory said “We have an overwhelming response from schools to our annual quiz each year and participation rates again this year are extremely strong. We see the quiz as an enjoyable and fun way to nurture an environment of collaboration among our school children. Each year the national final is a very exciting event, and is a great way to show children the importance of teamwork in achieving success. We wish all those competing at local and regional level the very best of luck and once again look forward to seeing the finalists at the RDS in April.”
The quiz is divided into two sections; Competition A for children up to 11 years and Competition B for children between 11 and 13 years. The winning teams at the national finals will receive €1,250 per school, with the runner up teams in each category receiving €750 for their schools, adding up to a fantastic prize fund of €4,000. Local and regional winners will also receive a range of prizes.
Registration for the 2017 Schools Quiz is now open. Schools and children interested in participating can find registration forms in their local credit union, while more information is available on www.schoolsquiz.ie.
About the All-Ireland Schools’ Quiz
- Local quiz winners go through to the regional final, and the regional winners and runners-up will compete for the national titles on 2ND April 2017.
- Local winners will receive prizes from their local credit union.
- Regional winners will also receive prizes and their schools will receive cheques or a cash prize.
- The national winners and runners-up receive a silver salver, significant personal prizes for each team, and their schools are each awarded a substantial cheque.
- Every team competing receives a special certificate marking their achievement.