Spelling Bee 2018: Mayo, Galway, Clare & Limerick

By Giacomo Iotti
In Headlines
Apr 19th, 2018

Our Spelling Bee Team began their week in Connaught. As everyone arrived back to school after their Easter Break, our team began their week in Mayo. Four county finals took place this week between Mayo, Galway, Clare and Limerick. The spellers all battled it out against each other to become the County Spelling Bee winner. The team were really looking forward to seeing what was in store for them in these four competitions. Check out all the details from their time on the road below and find out which of our superb spellers were crowned Mayo, Galway, Clare and Limerick Spelling Bee County champions.


Our first competition of the week kicked off in Castlebar. There were 25 spellers who went head to head at the County Final on Monday. The final was hosted by St Patrick’s Boys National School in Castlebar.

Spelling Bee Mayo 2018

The winner was Shane Fleming from Lisaniska National School. Shane is in 6th class, 12 years old and is always reading. His favourite authors are Derek Landy and Philip Pullman. Shane will now go on to represent the County in the Regional Final in May.

Spelling Bee Mayo 2018 Winner


On April 10th our team were in Galway for our second biggest county final of the competition to date this year. 42 spellers from across the county spelt it out against each other to become the Galway champion.

Spelling Bee 2018 Group Photo

Our Galway Spelling Bee winner was Holly Shaughnessy from Crumlin National School, Ballyglunin, Tuam. Holly’s favourite author is JK Rowling. She will now move on to represent the county in the Regional Final in May.

Spelling Bee 2018 Galway Winner


Our third competition of the week was held in Ennis Co.Clare.  The competition was hosted by Ennis National School, Ashline. The atmosphere was great in the school and a great competition began at 11 am. 15 spellers took part in the competition.

Spelling Bee 2018 Group Photo

Our Clare County Spelling Bee winner was Hannah Moroney from Convent Primary School, Killaloe. Hannah loves reading and her favourite author is Rick Riordan. Hannah will now go on to represent the county in the Munster Final in May.

Spelling Bee 2018 Winner Clare


For the final County Final in Munster the team were in Limerick.  Here our competition was hosted by JFK Memorial School.  The atmosphere filled the hall and a great competition kicked off shortly after 11 am.  The standard was great. 20 spellers from across the county battled against each other to be named the Limerick County Champion.

Spelling Bee 2018 Limerick Group Photo

Peadar O Cearmada from An Mhodhscoil was our winning Bee. Peadar was presented with his County Spelling Bee medal and certificate by Nora Shine, Manager of Eason Crescent Shopping Centre.  Peadar is an avid reader and has just finished ‘How to train your dragon’ for the sixth time.  Peadar will now go on to represent the county in the Munster Final in May.

Peadar O Cearmada ‘Limerick Winner’ pictured with Nora Shine, Manager of Eason Crescent Shopping Centre.

Spelling Bee 2018 – Schedule

County Day Date Location
Wicklow Tue 17th Apr S.N. Phadraig Naofa, Avoca
Dublin Wed 18th April Red Cow Hotel
Kilkenny Thu 19th April Scoil Iognaid de Ris, Stephen’s St., Kilkenny
Meath Mon 23rd Apr St. Paul’s NS, Ratoath
Cavan Tue 24th April Farnham National School, Drumelis, Cavan
Fermanagh Wed 25th April Enniskillen Integrated Primary School, Drumcoo, Eniskillen, Fermanagh
Tyrone Thu 26th April Sacred Heart Primary School, Tattyreagh Glebe, Omagh
Louth Mon 30th April Dundalk Grammar Junior School, the Crescent, Dundalk
Down Tue 1st May St. Colmcilles Primary School, 68a Glebetown Drive,Downpatrick, BT30 6PZ
Armagh Wed 2nd May Poyntzpass Primary School, Tandragee Road, Poyntzpass
Antrim Thu 3rd May Templepatrick Primary. 5 Lylehill Road, Templepatrick
Monaghan Tue 8th May Scoil Naomh Pádriag Corracrin, Emyvale, Monaghan
Derry Wed 9th May St.Columbas P.S, 3 Agivey Rd, Kilrea, Coleraine BT51 5UT
Donegal Thu 10th May Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Donegal
Longford Fri 11th May Stonepark N.S, Stoneprk, Co.Longford

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