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Battle Of Wits Regional Final 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 occasions, Marist College, Athlone claimed first place, whilst St. Finian’s Mullingar took second spot after a tense 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.‌



Battle of Wits Winners 2017 Marist College

 Winners from the Marist College Athlone

battle of Wits third place st finians

Team from St Finians, Mullingar

Battle of Wits second place Heywood College

Heywood Community College team

Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 14/12/2016