Offaly primary schools ready for Ireland’s Ultimate Spelling Contest

Ryan Tubridy has launched the 2013 Eason Spelling Bee, Ireland’s Ultimate Spelling Contest, in association with RTÉ 2fm’s Tubridy.

Ryan Tubridy has launched the 2013 Eason Spelling Bee, Ireland’s Ultimate Spelling Contest, in association with RTÉ 2fm’s Tubridy.

Speaking at the launch, which sees the 2013 events officially open for entries, Ryan confessed to being ‘completely astounded by the spelling ability’ of the Ireland’s children.

Eason, Ireland’s largest book retailer is expecting entries to be buzzing in from every corner of Ireland as it prepares to deliver the ultimate spelling contest, making it bigger and better than ever before.

Open to 5th and 6th Class students from National Schools in the Republic of Ireland and Primary 7 students in Northern Ireland, entries will be buzzing in from all 32 counties to take part in Ireland’s most popular spelling contest with a prize fund of books worth more than €20,000 up for grabs for the winning schools.

Over 450 schools registered to take part in the 2012 Eason Spelling Bee with Tubridy, culminating in the All-Ireland Final in June at RTE HQ where Liam O’Lionaird, from Gaelscoil Osrai, Co. Kilkenny was announced the winner, after successfully completing rounds that included spelling words such as Bathysphere, Bibliography and Archetypal to name but a few.

Competing against Liam was Jillian Razon, from Durrow NS, Tullamore, claimed Offaly’s county title and went on to represent Co. Offaly in the provincial heats.

Schools from all counties in Ireland can register to take part in the 2013 Eason Spelling Bee with Tubridy at Each school will put forward one student to take part in the County Finals competing to be the County Winner. The winners from each county will then take part in the provincial finals with the 4 provincial winners competing in the All-Ireland Final in June. Closing date for entries is Friday, 11thJanuary 2013.

Speaking at the launch, David Field, Group Head of Marketing and Retail Development, Eason, said: ”We’re delighted to declare the 2013 Eason Spelling Bee officially open for entries. The nationwide competition continues to get bigger and better and we’re thrilled to have the support of RTÉ 2fm’s Tubridy Show once again. We received a huge response from schools from all counties of Ireland last year and we hope to attract even more entries this year. The Spelling Bee is one of many Eason initiatives in support of child literacy. Just earlier this year we launched our Get into Reading campaign, which is aimed at improving literacy amongst children. We’re aiming to promote reading to young children and encouraging adults to read to young children. As part of this campaign, we host a Story Time event each Saturday morning at 11am in every Eason store in the country, where our staff read a specially selected children’s book to children and adults alike, so thousands of people can enjoy the same book at the same time in over 60 different locations.’’

Speaking about RTÉ 2fm’s partnership with the Eason Spelling Bee, Ryan Tubridy said, ”Last year I was completely astounded by the spelling ability of the kids who took part in the Eason Spelling Bee. It’s such a worthwhile but fun initiative and we at 2fm are delighted to be a part of it. We had such a great week in June travelling the length and breadth of country for the provincial finals and can’t wait to do it all again in 2013.”