Spelling Bee 2017: Roscommon, Leitrim, Sligo

By Maeve Ward
In Headlines
Mar 13th, 2017

The Spelling Bee Team headed out West for the first time this year and we were excited to see who would be crowned the county champions of Roscommon, Leitrim & Sligo.  For an update on each of this past week’s competitions please read below.


The Abbey Hotel in Roscommon was the venue for the county’s 2017 final. We had a great turnout of 23 magnificent spellers who were all eager to claim this year’s Roscommon county crown.


After some amazing spelling it was Grace Holmes from St. Mary’s Primary School in Strokestown who beat out the competition to be named our Roscommon champion. Grace will now go on to represent her county in the Connacht final in May.


The Spelling Bee Team travelled to the Landmark Hotel in Carrick – On – Shannon to crown this year’s Leitrim Spelling Bee champion. We were delighted to welcome 7 magnificent spellers to the Landmark, who were accompanied by their magnificent fans.

The audience were treated to some excellent spelling and were all in awe when Eileen Maguire from St. Brigid’s NS, Drumcong rose to the top of the pile to be crowned this year’s Leitrim champion. Eileen will now go on to represent Leitrim in the Connacht final.


The Spelling Bee Team received a very warm welcome to Rathcormac NS, the host school for our Sligo County final. The staff and pupils were extremely helpful and really made all 18 spellers feel at home. When the action began the fans were treated to a master-class in spelling, we really did witness some magnificent efforts.

In the end it was Fionn Mac Giolla Mairtin from Gaelscoil Chnoc na Re who came out on top to claim the title of Sligo county champion 2017. Fionn will now go on to represent his county in the Connacht 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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