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Team Tír na nÓg with Dylan Mac Gabhann, Tara Nic Giolla Seanáin and Katie Ní Chléire, are the inaugural champions of the Coláiste Oiriall Spelling Bee with a final team score of 114 points. The final was held in the Garage Theatre last Monday. The second placed team was Tuatha De Danann with Laura Ní Dhroma, Tiarnán Ó Roideáin and Dylan Ó Dufaigh and they accumulated a final score of 82 points.

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The overall individual Spelling Bee was the speller who has accumulated the highest points’ score throughout the contest. The individual title went to Tara Ní Ghiolla Seanáin who scored 57 points personally, followed by Katie Ní Chléire who scored 37 points. Both Tara and Katie were also on the winning team. The third individual place went to Laura Ní Dhroma, 1st Year student on the running-up team, Team Tuatha De Danann. Laura consistently selected a medium word and consistently scores three points with correct spellings. She was perhaps wise not to tackle the more challenging hard words.

Coláiste Oiriall Individual Spelling Bee championColáiste Oiriall Individual Spelling Bee champion

Five teams of three spellers on each team, drawn from the 1st Year, 2nd Year and 3rd Year students will took part in the contest. The remaining teams were: Team Cú Chulainn with Colm Ó Ruanaidh, Zach Ó Mealláin and Inza Nic Canna; Team Fionn Mac Cumhaill with Oisin de Paor, Aoife Ní Dhufaigh and Jake Mac Giolla Bhríde and Team Clann Lir with Jamie Mac Cearáin, Alison Nic Giolla Bhríde and Caolán Ó Máirtín

Individual winner, Tara Ní Ghiolla Seanáin from rang Noirín in 2nd Year, spelt nine hard words correctly, seven of them in successive rounds. Many congratulations to Tara and Team Tír na nÓg. The words in the hard section included: preponderance, capricious, unanimous, intransigence, surveillance, luxuriant, serendipity, embalmed, incredulous, venomous, ubiquitous, physicality

Each speller selected an easy word for one point, a medium word for three points or a hard word for five points. Before the spellers began to spell they were allowed to ask the pronouncer to use the word in a sentence and for a word in the hard category they were allowed to ask for the dictionary definition. Spellers had to spell the words orally and the use of pens/pencils and paper were not be permitted.

Coláiste Oiriall thanks Easons for their assistance in running the competition. The school adapted the very successful primary school format for second level.Pic 1 - an fhoireann a bhuaigh

 

 

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The Spelling Bee individual champion: Brendan Ó Dufaigh, Príomhoide presents Tara Ní Ghiolla Seanáin with her award