Spelling Bee 2018: Ulster Final

By Tina Zafeiri
In Headlines
May 30th, 2018

Our second Provincial Final took the Eason Spelling Bee team to Ulster.  The competition took place in our Eason Store, Donegall Place, Belfast.  Eight superb spellers went head to head to be crowned the Ulster Champion with a stunning backdrop of our children’s book department. We were joined by Rebecca McKinney and the Cool FM/Downtown Radio team. The Ulster final was very tense with just over 12 rounds of spellings.

Here is a look at all eight of our brilliant spellers pictured with Rebecca McKinney.

Pictured above are (L-R):

1st Row

Jack McBride – Kilmacrennan National School, Donegal

Rebecca McKinney – Cool FM

Luc Tolan – St.Malachy’s Primary School, Kilclief, Down

Boann Verens – Monaghan Model School, Monaghan

2nd Row

Carol McKnight – Sacred Heart Primary School, Tyrone

Sinead Brolly – St.Canice’s Primary School, Derry

Tom McKnight – Poyntzpass Primary School, Armagh

Aoibhin Mulvey – Ballynarry National School, Cavan

Brandon Beattie – St.Mary’s Primary School, Teemore, Fermanagh

The competition kicked off just after 11 am and 8 spellers spelt it out against each.  After 12 rounds of spelling, Jack McBride from Kilmacrennan National School, Donegal was named the Ulster Spelling Bee Champion 2018.  Jack will now go on to represent his school, county and province in the All-Ireland Final on June 14th.

Ulster Final winner Jack McBride pictured above with Rebecca McKinney, Cool FM and Gerard McGinn, Eason Store Manager, Belfast.

Leinster Winning Word: Hippopotamus

Definition: A very large massive gregarious artiodactyl mammal.

The excitement continues as the Spelling Bee Team move on to their next Provincial Finals. Make sure to keep up to date with all the buzz on Today FM and Cool FM!

Upcoming Provincial Finals:

The dates and locations for the upcoming Provincial Finals are outlined below. If you have any questions relating to your Provincial Final you can contact us at spellingbee@easons.com.


Spelling Bee 2018 – Schedule

Province Date Time Venue
Munster 07/06/2018 11 am Eason, Patricks Street, Cork
All-Ireland 14/06/2018 11 am The Helix, DCU, Collins Avenue, Whitehall, Dublin 9

Ulster Final 2018

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