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CANCELLED: Celtic Nations Quizzing Championships 2020
Friday April 17th 2020 @ 8:00pm – Sunday April 19th 2020 @ 2:00pm
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 situation, we have no choice but to cancel the 2020 Celtic Nations and plan to host the event in Dublin in 2021 instead. Stay safe everyone!
The Irish Quiz Organisation is excited to welcome the Scottish and Welsh teams to Dublin for the Celtic Nations Quizzing Championships 2020!
WHO CAN TAKE PART?
All quizzers from the three countries are welcome to take part in the majority of events. Only the national team matches are restricted to the teams selected by each country.
The entry fee is €20 per person.
We appreciate this is a higher fee for players than in previous years, but it is necessary in order to secure a suitable venue in Dublin, and we hope it represents good value for a full weekend of quizzing. Even with charging an entry fee, the Irish Quiz Organisation will still be subsidising the event from its funds.
The quiz venue is the Carnegie Court Hotel in the town of Swords, close to Dublin airport.
The hotel is approx. 20 mins from Dublin Airport by bus (41), or 11 mins by taxi (approx. €15). It is a 5 minute walk from Swords town centre and has a selection of pubs, shops and restaurants nearby. A small family run hotel, it has 36 guest rooms, a nightclub, restaurant and a pub (The Harp) attached.
Special Celtic Nations hotel rates (limited availability):
€119/night for a single room, including breakfast
€129/night for two sharing a double or twin room, including breakfast
To avail of the special rate, call the hotel at +353 1 840 4384 and mention “Celtic Nations”.
For anyone driving, parking will be validated free of charge.
Other hotels and accommodation options are also available nearby.
IRISH TEAM SELECTION
As in 2019, the Irish teams for the national team matches will be selected by a 3-person selection panel. The panel will use the Irish quiz rankings (available on quizireland.ie) as a key indicator of who should compete on each team, but it will also have the freedom to include quizzers not on the rankings (or who haven’t completed enough events to reach an appropriate ranking), rotate players among teams, match up quizzers based on strengths and weaknesses, and so on.
Within reason, the panel will endeavour to give most (if not all) Irish quizzers who travel to the event a place on a team at some stage, but it must balance this with the need to field strong, competitive Irish teams, so it’s not guaranteed that all Irish quizzers will get onto a team. But of course the Celtic Nations features a number of individual, pairs and fun quiz events, in which everyone can take part.
Friday 17th April
20.00 – Eve of Quiz Social (venue TBC)
Saturday 18th April
09.30 – Registration opens
10.00 – National Teams: Ireland v Wales
11.00 – Individual quiz
13.00 – Lunch break
14.00 – Table Quiz
15.30 – Pairs quiz
17.30 – National Teams: Ireland v Scotland
18.30 – National Teams: Scotland v Wales
20.00 – Dinner – Venue TBC
22.00 – Last Man Standing vs Buzzer Quiz
Sunday 19th April
10.00 – National Teams: Wales v Ireland
11.00 – National Teams: Scotland v Ireland
12.00 – National Teams: Scotland v Wales
13.00 – Prize giving
14.00 – Close