Friday, April 03, 2015

Killiney Lions Club Quiz

Last evening I had the pleasure of acting as quiz master for the Killiney Lions Club fund raising quiz in aid of "My Canine Companion - Support Dogs for Children with Autism" held in the Rochestown Lodge Hotel. The event was very well attended and it raised a lot of money for a great cause. 

In acting as quiz master I also wrote all the questions. Following some feedback that my last quiz was "too hard", I set about trying to make this one a bit different with something for everybody. I decided on themed rounds which seemed to go down well. Ten rounds of 10 questions was the format - seven of these rounds are below (the other three are tow picture rounds and a Recent News round). As you can see there are a mix of "easy" questions that most people should get, and some harder questions. Also in there are lots of questions that got an "Aww shit - I knew that!" reaction when I read out the answers. The event was won with a score of 76/100 and it was competitive right to the end. The winning team was lead by Mary Hanafin (pictured) who is a great supporter of fund-raising events like this. This winning score was actually a lot lower than the winning score (91/100) of my previous "harder" quiz.

So - here are the questions below, see how you do (no cheating with Google and Wikipedia)!


Politics

1
Who came second in the 2011 Irish Presidential Election?
2
Who is the oldest surviving living former Taoiseach?
3
Who was the first woman to be elected as an MP in Westminster elections?

4
Name the four TDs for the Dún Laoghaire Dáil constituency.
5
Name both Republican party candidates defeated by President Barack Obama in the US Presidential elections in 2008 and 2012.
6
Who is the Minister for Education & Skills?
7
What is the name of the new political party launched in March 2015 by Lucinda Creighton?
8
What position does George Osbourne hold in the UK Government?
9

Who is the current Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council?

10
How many seats did the Labour party win in the 2011 General Election? (range: plus or minus two)

Numbers (Answers are 1 to 10)

1
How many of golf’s Major titles has Padraig Harrington won?
2
What is the Square Root of 49?
3
How many statues of Irish historical people are there in O’Connell Street in Dublin?
(O’Connell monument counts as one)
4
How many counties are there in Connaught?
5
How many All-Ireland Senior Football Championships has Donegal won?
6
How many times was British actress Elizabeth Taylor married?
7
How many times has Everton FC won the English League Championship?
8
How many “hole-in-ones” has Rory McIlroy scored in competition in his professional career to date?
9
According to research by the University of North Carolina (Irish Independent, 16th Feb, 2015), how many kilometres does it take to walk off one large pizza (930 calories)?
10
How many sides does a tetragon have?

History

1
Who wrote and said the famous words: “the fools, the fools, the fools! - they have left us our Fenian dead, and while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace” on the 1st of August, 1915?
2
Who is reputed to have killed Brian Boru at the Battle of Clontarf?
3
Who was the sixth wife of Henry VIII?
4
He was born in County Mayo in 1777 and was an admiral in the Argentine Navy. There is a statue of him on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay by the Liffey, and the Wolfe Tones wrote a song about him in 1982. Who is he?
5
Which County Dublin park was officially opened as a public park on 30th June 1887 by Prince Albert Victor (grandson of Queen Victoria)?
6
What organization was founded on the 21st October 1879 in the Imperial Hotel Castlebar, Co Mayo?  Clue: Charles Stewart Parnell was elected as the first president of this organization.
7
In what year did the Battle of Waterloo take place?
8
Which English King signed the Magna Carta in 1215?
9
Who was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic ocean?
10
Who was Taoiseach from 18th February 1948 to 13th June 1951?

Movies

1
Who won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2015?
2
Name both parents of 50 Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson.
3
Name the Disney movie released in 2013 which is based on the fairy tale “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen.
4
Who played the part of Scarlett O’Hara in the 1939 movie “Gone With the Wind”?
5
Name the Academy Award winning song from the movie “Once” sung by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglova.
6
Spell the song title “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from the movie Mary Poppins.
7
Who was presented with an Honorary IFTA Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Irish Film and Television industry at the 11th Annual IFTA Awards in 2014?
8
What movie shot some scenes on Skellig Michael in County Kerry last year?
9
Gregory Peck played the part of Atticus Finch in this 1963 movie adaptation of a book by Harper Lee. Name the film.
10
Name the real life US Navy SEAL that the 2014 movie “The Sniper” is based on.

Sport

1
Name the former three time Formula One World Motor Racing Champion from Australia, who went on to form his own Formula One team, who died on 19th May last year aged 88.
2
In cricket, what is meant by the term “maiden”?
3
Who was the Leading Jockey at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival?

4
Which school won the Leinster Rugby Senior School’s Cup for the first time on St Patrick’s Day this year?
5
Name the only county in Leinster never to have won a GAA Leinster Senior Football Championship.
6
What golf course is the 2015 Irish Golf Open to be played on May 28-31?
7
What team was Stephanie Roche playing for when she scored the goal that came second in the FIFA Ballon d’Or Puskas Award?
8
Which individual has won the most Olympic medals (gold/silver/bronze) of all time?
9
Name the Irish sailor who finished fourth in the 2012 London Olympics in the Women's Laser Radial class event.
10
Only three Irish players have finished in the Top 10 Premier League goal scoring charts in England since 1992. Robbie Keane is one, name either of the other two.

Geography

1
What is the second smallest county in Ireland?
2
In what country would you find the Cantabrian mountain range?
3
What is the county town of Leitrim?
4
What is the modern name for the street in Dublin City Centre formerly known as Drogheda Street?
5
What is the capital city of North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea)?
6
If you were on a boat in the middle of Lough Key, what county in Ireland would you be in?
7
Name the three states in the USA whose names start and end with the letter “A”.
8
Which European country has a map on its national flag?
9
What is the highest mountain in the Province of Ulster?
10
Which borough of New York City is named after the Dutch word for "broken valley"?

TV and Radio

1
Which character in RTÉ’s Fair City is played by actor Bryan Murray?
2
On what radio station does former minister Ivan Yates present the Breakfast Show?
3
What is the name of the Netflix series starring Kevin Spacey as President Frank Underwood?
4
What planet was the Star Trek character Mr Spock from?
5
What ITV series is shot on location at Highclere Castle in Hampshire?

6
In the Dallas TV series - Who Shot J.R. Ewing?

7
First broadcast in 1953, name the world's longest-running current affairs television programme?

8
What is the name of The Simpsons pet dog?
9
Who is the presenter of the RTÉ cooking programme “Kitchen Hero”?
10
What programme is presented on FM 104 by Jim-Jim and Nobby?



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