Wednesday 7th December saw battle commence 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 winners of the Battle of Wits 2016.
Participants had already triumphed within their schools, won their place in the county finals and were all prepared to pitch their wits against each other to win the title.
On the day it was teams from the following schools representing their counties: Mean Scoil Mhuire, Longford, Marist College, Athlone, Colaiste Choilm, Tullamore, Lanesboro Community College, Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon, St. Joseph’s Rochfortbridge St. Mary’s Secondary School, Edenderry, Our Lady’s Bower, Athlone, Mountrath Community School, Co. Laois, Sacred Heart Secondary School, Tullamore, Heywood Community School, Co. Laois.
At the end, St Joseph’s, Rochfortbridge claimed first place, whilst Colaiste Choilm took second and Heywood Community School took third place. Making the winning presentations, Mayor of Athlone Municipal District, Councillor John Dolan paid tribute to the students who took part and also to the support given by their teachers and their parents
This is the third 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 competition was also supported by the Europe Direct initiative which is based in Mountmellick Library. Europe Direct aims to raise awareness, provoke debate and provide information on the European Union.
Cllr. John Dolan, Mayor of Athlone Muncipal District with the winning team from St Josephs Rochfortbridge which included : Ben, Conor, Aisling and Ruairi along with their teacher.
Coliaste Choilm teachers and team members including Aivan, Jack, Mark and Éanna who came 2nd, receiving their prizes from Cllr. John Dolan, Mayor of Athlone Muncipal District and Librarians Gearoid O’Brien and Martina Needham.
Librarians Jackie McIntyre, Suzanne Carroll and Cllr. John Dolan, Mayor of Athlone Muncipal District with teachers and members of Heywood CS team including Michael, Caoimhe, Adam and Maggie who won 3rd place.
Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 14/12/2016