The INEC was filled to capacity on Sunday 29th of January where 71 primary school teams from all over South Kerry participated in the annual Killarney Credit Union School Quiz.
St Olivers School, Killarney emerged victorious in the Under 11 category with Gaelscoil Faithleann in 2nd place. Two teams from St John’s National School, Kenmare came first and second in the Under 13 age category. All four teams will go on to represent Killarney Credit Union in the Chapter competition on March 5th in Ballyroe Hotel Tralee.
This year, over 280 primary school pupils participated in the quiz from 25 schools all over South Kerry. Killarney Credit Union has been hosting the school quiz for over 20 years.
In the Under 11 category, first place went to St Olivers National School represented by Leo O’Riordan, Fionn Twomey, Emma Quirke and Ewan Marshall. Second place went to Gaelscoil Faithleann with team members Imogen Ní Chearbhaill Cheallaigh, Nathan Ó Cróinín, Dearbhla Ní Chonnail and Ellis Ní Chonraoí. Third place was awarded to Presentation Monastery Boys and the team members were Sean Looney Mccarthy, Piotr Mika, Fionn O’Callaghan and Norman O’Connor.
In the U13 section first place went to St Johns NS, Kenmare represented by Laura Stauch, Daithí O Shea, Eoghan Downing and Ronan Deasy. Second place also went to St Johns Kenmare represented by Sean James Hickey, Darcy O’Shea, Fergus McCarthy and Alice O’Connor. Similar to the U11 quiz third place in this competition also went to Presentation Monastery Boys School Killarney represented by Fionn O’Connor, Samir Khan, Luke Brennan and Hammad Atiq.
Joy Clifford Vaughan thanked all schools that took part on the day. She said “The event was even more special due to the absence since 2020.” Joy also stated “I would like to acknowledge the long distances that many schools had to travel on the day and thank them for participating in the quiz. Lastly we would also like to acknowledge the staff, management and volunteers who helped out on the day also in correcting, stewarding and adjudication.”
Karena McCarthy, Marketing Officer, Killarney Credit Union said “We would like thank all those that participated in the quiz this year. We would also like to thank the pupils, and also the parents and teachers who prepared the teams and attended on the day. The standard was very impressive.”
Each of the winners received trophies and a perpetual cup was given to the first placed winning national schools.
The first and second placed winning teams in each category will go on to represent their school at Chapter 23 Kerry and West Limerick Regional Quiz on Sunday 5th March 2022 in Ballyroe House Hotel.
Gaelscoil Faithleann: Imogen Ní Chearbhaill Cheallaigh, Nathan Ó Cróinín, Dearbhla Ní Chonnail and Ellis Ní Chonraoí.
St Olivers National School - Leo O’Riordan, Fionn Twomey, Emma Quirke and Ewan Marshall.
Presentation Monastery Boys U13 team Sean Looney Mccarthy, Piotr Mika, Fionn O’Callaghan and Norman O’Connor. U11 team Fionn O’Connor, Samir Khan, Luke Brennan and Hammad Atiq.
Johns NS, Kenmare 1st place Laura Stauch, Daithí O Shea, Eoghan Downing and Ronan Deasy. Second place team Sean James Hickey, Darcy O’Shea, Fergus McCarthy and Alice O’Connor.