Bruiser are raising funds on Indiegogo to support their ten day Summer School that provides 14 year olds and over training in physical theatre. Generous funders get the perk of co-writing a brand new song with Duke Special!While I’d come across the notion of spelling bees before seeing the play, I’d always written them off as an American invention and had never seen one run in Northern Ireland.
As part of their ongoing literacy initiatives, Easons are running spelling bees in every county of Ireland, with the county heat finalists being brought together for provincial finals and then the all-Ireland final in June. You can follow the full results on Eason’s website. Some of the results from the Ulster provincial heats are already in:
- Armagh – Ryce McClatchey from Millington Primary School
- Derry – Tara O’Boyle from St. Brigid’s Primary School in Mayogall (won after a closely-fought tie-break)
- Donegal – Jamie Griffin from St. Bridget’s N.S. in Convoy
- Cavan – Adam Kelly from Killygarry N.S (Adam has form as a runner up in the 2012 All-Ireland final)
- Tyrone – James Rice from St. Patrick’s Primary School in Dungannon
- Fermanagh – Caitlin Waterson from St. Mary’s Primary School in Teemore
- Monaghan – Monday 27 May
- Antrim – Wednesday 29 May
- Down – Thursday 30 May
The All-Ireland final is on Friday June 21.
Best of luck to all the spellers. Rather you than me!
more common Irish/British –ise endings.
Disclosure - this post was triggered by an Easons Spelling Bee dictionary arriving on the doorstep a few weeks ago along with the 2013 Rules for running a bee. The mini-bees that have been conducted around our dinner table threaten to reveal my over-reliance on the spell-checker.