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Battle of Wits 2017

Over the past few weeks Transition Year students from across the Midlands have battled their wits, first against school mates, then against their counties. On Wednesday 6th December the final battle was decided as teams of Transition Year students from the four Midlands counties of Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath gathered in a test of general knowledge for the chance to become the Regional winners of the Battle of Wits 2017.

On the day Longford was represented by Mercy Secondary, Ballymahon, St. Mel's College, and Scoil Mhuire, Longford. Westmeath by St Finian's College, Mullingar, Marist College Athlone, and Mercy Secondary Kilbeggan. St. Mary’s Edenderry, Sacred Heart Tullamore, and Killina represented Offaly and fighting for Laois was Heywood Community School, Clonaslee College, andScoil Chriost Rí

After a very tight battle, which saw the lead swap on many occations, Marist College, Athlone claimed first place, whilst St. Finian’s Mullingar took second spot after a tie-break with Heywood Community School who took third place for a second year in a row. Making the winning presentations, Mayor of Athlone Municipal District, Councillor Aengus O’Rourke paid tribute to the students who took part and also to the support given by their teachers and their parents. 

This is the fourth year of the competition, designed by the Children’s Services teams of the Libraries in Longford, Laois, Offaly and Westmeath. The quiz was an opportunity for libraries in each county, both to engage with the Transition Year students in their locality and also to develop partnerships with other libraries on a regional basis. 

The event has proven so successful that it is hoped to expand into at least 3 more counties next year.

To view photos from this year's Battle of Wits please visit our facebook page.

Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 13/12/2017