Rory O’Connell from Annaduff NS was yesterday named as the winner of the Connacht Provincial Spelling Bee 2018. The much-anticipated final took place in the G Hotel in Galway yesterday and Rory came out on top, taking first place against four talented young Bees with the word, Capitulate.
Rory will now move forward to compete in the All-Ireland Eason Spelling Bee final in the Helix in Dublin on Thursday, June 14.
The 12-year-old gained victory over his rivals from schools in Galway, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo. Speaking about his win, the sixth class student said, “I love reading the Harry Potter series and I’m delighted to have won – I can’t wait for the final in June.”
The Eason Spelling Bee encourages children throughout the country to practice their spelling, to read more and strives to instill greater confidence when it comes to literacy and spelling, from a young age.
Brendan Corbett, Group Head of Marketing at Eason, said; “We are thrilled to see the continued success of the Eason Spelling Bee over the past eight years. The children and their schools should be extremely proud to represent their counties in this hugely talented competition. It is remarkable to see the level of exceptional spelling from individuals across the country and the continued support from teachers and schools who contribute to this exciting competition every year.”
Today FM’s Alison Curtis commented, “The standard of spellers is really amazing and it is brilliant to see how dedicated each participant is to this competition. This initiative is both a great day out for the schools but it is also hugely important to developing reading and literacy skills among children.”
Each year the competition begins with registered schools hosting their own in-school Bee competitions, to find their school champion. From there, the Eason Spelling Bee team hits the road to host the County Final Bees, which then leads to four Provincial Finals.
The winning school will receive a collection of books for their library to the value of €7,500. The Spelling Bee winner will be awarded books worth €500 and the prestigious title of the 2018 Eason Spelling Bee champion.
Keep up-to-date with all the 2018 Spelling Bee news on www.easons.com/spellingbee.