Rath­coyle make it four-in-a-row in Trath na gCeist af­ter tie-break

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Trath na gCeist

The an­nual Cu­mann na mBun­scol Trath na gCeist was held last Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 26 at 7.30 p.m. in the Brock­agh Cen­tre in Laragh. Al­though the turnout wasn’t as good as pre­vi­ous years a great night was had by all.

The schools that at­tended were Scoil Naomh Iosaf, Balt­in­glass, St. Brigid’s, Grey­stones, two teams from St. An­thony’s, Kil­coole, Rath­coyle, Ash­ford, Val­ley­mount, Donard, three teams from Bless­ing­ton and two teams from St. Cro­nan’s in Bray. Rath­coyle were de­fend­ing their ti­tle which they have now won for three years in suc­ces­sion and were go­ing for four-in-arow!

There were ten rounds of ten ques­tions with great va­ri­ety across the board: Iden­tify the Ir­ish face, GAA knowl­edge, county spon­sors, name the county man­ager, gen­eral GAA, iden­tify the county player, true/false, gen­eral GAA, Wick­low club ana­grams and all about Ire­land. The level of an­swer­ing was most im­pres­sive and all teams ac­counted for them­selves very well.

At the end of 10 rounds Rath­coyle and Bless­ing­ton Team 1 were tied on 93 each in first place. Both teams only got sevem ques­tions wrong each in the en­tire quiz! Th­ese GAA quiz wiz kids went neck-and-neck in a tie breaker and un­be­liev­ably they both got all five ques­tions right again to lead to an­other tie breaker! Amaz­ingly af­ter a sec­ond tie breaker Rath­coyle emerged win­ners for the fourth year in a row with Bless­ing­ton an un­be­liev­ably close sec­ond. Balt­in­glass Team 1 were in third place on 85, fol­lowed closely by St. An­thony’s Team 1 on 84 and Bless­ing­ton Team 2 on 83.

Jim O’Rior­dan, Chair­man of Cu­mann na mBun­scol, Cill Mhan­tain pre­sented the prizes to the win­ners. In first place was Rath­coyle: Shane O’Toole (capt.), Padraig O’Toole, Padraig Byrne, Bryan Kar­ney and Dar­ragh Byrne (sub). They were ac­com­pa­nied on the night by their teacher Tri­ona Byrne.

In sec­ond place the Bless­ing­ton team: Joe Brod­er­ick, Seán McCro­han, Jonathon Devoy and Ellen Quinn. And in third place was Balt­in­glass: Adam McHugh, Char­lie Dempsey, Seán Ga­han and Ciaran Ger­maine.

A most en­joy­able night was had by all and re­fresh­ments were pro­vided for all chil­dren as well as some ex­cel­lent spot prizes. The venue of the Brock­agh Cen­tre was per­fect and thanks to all in­volved in its prepa­ra­tion. Michael Sar­gent did the hon­ours as quiz mas­ter on the night and en­ter­tained all the teams and crowd well with lots of sport­ing knowl­edge – thanks Michael!

Thanks to Seán Stakelum who pre­pared the quiz and was there on the night to cor­rect. Also thanks to Jim O’Rior­dan, Anne Marie McKenna, Dave Barry, Aine Quinn and Pamela McDer­mott who all helped out. Most im­por­tantly thanks to all the chil­dren who at­tended and dis­played such a won­der­ful knowl­edge of our na­tional games!

Na­tional AGM

The Na­tional AGM will take place in the Mar­riott Ho­tel on this Satur­day; March 6th at 11:00 a.m.

Fix­tures

Al­lianz Boys Foot­ball League Fix­tures (Week beginning March 1)

Divi­sion 1: Kil­macanogue v St. Pat’s, Wick­low; St. Cro­nan’s v St. Lau­rence’s; Scoil Chualann - free Divi­sion 2: North: Kil­coole v St. Peter’s Divi­sion 2: South: Round­wood v Rath­new; Ash­ford v Ark­low; Gaelscoil an Inbhir Mhóir v New­town

■ Match re­ports/pho­tos to be sent to Pamela McDer­mott 5thclassstan­tho­nys@gmail.com Keep re­ports com­ing in, would love to see some re­ports from the play­ers them­selves!

The Rath­coyle team who won Trath na gCeist for the fourth year in a row.

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