Schools Quiz 2008 Winners Announced

Media Release: 06 April 2008

(Media Release: 6th April 2008)

  • Winners Beat 97 Teams From All Over Ireland
  • Over 25,000 Children Entered This Year’s Quiz — Now In It’s 17th Year
  • Ireland’s Biggest Quiz Helps Credit Unions Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Apr. 06, 2008 — St. Peter’s National School, Dundalk, Co. Louth (Competition A, Under 11’s) and Doolin National School, Co. Clare (Competition B, Under 13’s) today (6th April 2008) won the All Ireland Finals of the Credit Unions Schools Quiz held in the Main Hall of Dublin?s RDS.

Brian Ormond — host of RTE’s popular YOU’RE A STAR programme ? was once again Quiz Master for the tense and action-packed two and a half hour Final this Sunday afternoon.

97 other teams also qualified from all over Ireland for the final stage of this, the 17th Credit Unions Schools Quiz competition: the winning schools beat off determined challenges to take their All-Ireland titles in the Under-11 and Under-13 competitions.

Uel Adair (President, Irish League of Credit Unions) presented the winning teams with their Team trophies and individual prizes ? and their schools with substantial cheques.

Competition A (children under 11): Winning Team members of Competition A each received a Sony PSP and commemorative Salver, while their School received €1,270 and the Credit Unions Schools Quiz cup.

Competition B (children 11 ? 13): Winning Team members of Competition B each received a Sony PSP and commemorative Salver, while their School received €1,270 and the Credit Unions Schools Quiz cup.

Runners-Up in Competition A were Scoil Mainistreach, Celbridge, Co. Kildare.

Joint Runners-Up in Competition B were Cloonakilla National School, Athlone and Scoil Chaitriona Senior, Galway.

Runners-Up Team Members in both competitions each received a portable DVD player and commemorative Salver while their Schools each received €635 cash.

Every Finalist also received a Special Certificate marking their achievement (and a fun gift bag filled with goodies).

Speaking at the presentation of prizes, Uel Adair said "It’s always exciting for us in the credit union movement to see an event like this. Here are two great teams of young people from Louth and Clare who have shown that hard work and a great team spirit can triumph when it matters".

He added "Since the credit union movement was started in Ireland 50 years ago by a group of committed community activists, its commitment to community growth and development has been clear. Being owned and run for the benefit of members and their communities, credit unions love to encourage children and young people especially to develop to their fullest potential".

"That’s one of the reasons that credit unions are, by far, the largest providers of social finance in Ireland with over €750m loaned out for such purposes" Uel Adair said. "We also continue to invest in our communities in a variety of other ways — with education being an important aspect which we support through grants and special low-interest loans" he added.

"This very successful 17th All Ireland Credit Unions Schools Quiz is continuing evidence of our ongoing community commitment in that area" he said.

Credit Unions Schools Quiz — 17 Years Investing In Children’s Growth By Credit Unions And Volunteers

Uel Adair (President, ILCU) congratulated the winners - and all the finalists - on their dedication and achievements. "For the past 17 years, we have organised and funded our Quiz to help stimulate children’s natural curiosity about the world around them as well as encouraging them to develop their research, socialising and team-working skills" he said.

Started in 1958, the credit union movement in Ireland has now grown to almost 3.0 million members, North and South. It is Ireland’s successful, member-owned, not-for-profit, co-operative financial services organisation.

"Credit unions have become a vital provider of financial services in Ireland over the past 50 years and we will continue to prosper because our members — ordinary people in communities all over Ireland — rely on us for the valuable and trustworthy service we provide. Credit unions will continue to respond to the changing needs of our members in the years ahead" Uel Adair concluded.

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