Spelling Bee 2017 kicks off!

By Maeve Ward
In Headlines
Feb 17th, 2017

The Eason Spelling Bee 2017 kicked off on February 14th and we are so excited to be travelling across the country again in search of the 2017 Eason Spelling Bee champion. We are delighted to partner with The Dermot & Dave Show on Today FM and continue our partnership with Cool FM & Downtown Radio in Northern Ireland.

This year’s competition promises to be fantastic with over 1,000 schools from all 32 counties already registered to take part. Who will take the crown as the Eason Spelling Bee 2017 Champion? It’s time to find out! You can check back regularly here on Eason Edition where you can keep up with all of the competitions as they happen.

The locations and dates for the upcoming County Finals can be found below and will be updated regularly. If you have any questions regarding the Spelling Bee competition you can contact us at spellingbee@easons.com.

Laois and Wicklow

The Spelling Bee team visited Laois and Wicklow on the 14th & 15th February to kick off the first week of the Eason Spelling Bee 2017.  For an update on each event please read below.

Laois Spelling Bee

We headed to County Laois for the first Spelling Bee of the competition. It was held in The Heath National School, Raheenahoran, Portlaoise where we were warmly welcomed 11 spellers who competed in a fantastic first event. The level of spelling was very high and was a great sign for the first competition of the year.

Paddy Bergin, from Scoil Mhuire, Abbeyleix, rose to the challenge and was crowned the County Laois Spelling Bee champion. Paddy will now go on to represent Laois in the Leinster final.

Wicklow Spelling Bee

Next up was Wicklow. We headed to Carysfort National School, Knockenrahan, Arklow, where 23 brilliant spellers competed for the Wicklow County crown. There was no stopping these competitors as they gave it their all and gave the audience plenty to cheer about.

Our winner was Brian O’Hara from St. Patrick’s National School, Avoca who grabbed the title of the Wicklow County Final champion. Brian will now go on to represent Wicklow in the Leinster final.

Eason Spelling Bee 2017 Schedule

County Date Location
Laois Tuesday 14th Feb The Heath NS, Raheenahoran, Portlaoise
Wicklow Wednesday 15th Feb Carysfort National School, Knockenrahan, Arklow
Roscommon Tuesday 28th Feb Abbey Hotel, Galway Road, Roscommon
Leitrim Wednesday 1st March The Landmark Hotel, Shannon Lodge,Townparks, Carrick- On- Shannon
Sligo Thursday 2nd March Rathcormac N.S.Rathcormac, Drumcliff, Sligo
Longford Monday 6th March St. Mary’s National School, Hill Street, Drumlish
Westmeath Tuesday 7th March St. Mary’s National School, Grace Park Road, Athlone
Offaly Wednesday 8th March Tullamore Educate Together National School, Collins Lane, Tullamore
Kildare Thursday 9th March St. Laurence’s NS, Crookstown, Ballitore, Athy
Carlow Monday 13th March Bennekerry National School, Bennekerry
Wexford Tuesday 14th March Bunscoil Loreto, St. Michael’s Road, Gorey
Waterford Wednesday 15th March St. Ursula’s Primary School, Ursuline Convent, Ballytruckle, Waterford
Tipperary Thursday 16th March St John the Baptist BNS, Old Road, Cashel
Kerry Tuesday 21st March CBS Primary, Clounalour, Tralee
Cork Wednesday 22nd March Rochestown Park Hotel, Rochestown Road, Douglas
Limerick Thursday 23rd March JFK Memorial School Limerick.
Kilkenny Monday 27th March Bunscoil McAuley Rice, Callan, Co. Kilkenny
Dublin Wednesday 29th March Red Cow Inn, Naas Road, Dublin 22
Meath Thursday 30th March St. Paul’s NS, Ratoath
Galway Tuesday 4th April The Salthill Hotel, The Promenade, Galway City
Mayo Wednesday 5th April Scoil Naomh Aingeal, The Lawn, Castlebar
Clare Thursday 6th April Scoil na Maighdine Mhuire, Newmarket on Fergus
Cavan Tuesday 25th April Farnham N.S, Drumellis, Cavan
Fermanagh Wednesday 26th April Enniskillen Integrated Primary School, Drumcoo, Enniskillen
Tyrone Thursday 27th April Sacred Heart Primary School, 6 Letfern Avenue, Tattyreagh, Omagh
Monaghan Wednesday 3rd May Scoil Naomh Pádraig, Corracrin, Emyvale
Antrim Thursday 4th May Templepatrick Primary School, 5 Lylehill Road, Templepatrick
Armagh Tuesday 9th May Carrick Primary School, Sloan Avenue, Lurgan
Derry Wednesday 10th May Termoncanice Primary School, Rathbrady Road, Limavady
Donegal Thursday 11th May Radisson Blu Hotel, Paddy Harte Road, Letterkenny
Louth Tuesday 16th May TBC
Down Wednesday 17th May TBC
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