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POSTPONED: Irish Interprovincial Quiz Championships 2020
Sunday March 29th 2020 @ 11:00am – 6:00pm
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 situation, we have no choice but to postpone the Interprovincials until later in the year.
We are looking at the possibility of running some sort of online quiz on the 29th instead, so watch out for details of that.
After the success of 2019’s inaugural Interprovincial Quiz Championships, we’re delighted to announce that 2019’s winning province – Munster – will be hosting the 2020 Interprovincials on Sunday 29th March 2020 at the Woodstock Hotel, just outside Ennis, Co. Clare.
Who can compete?
Entrants can compete for the province of their birth, the province where they live, or any province that they have a connection to. Places are limited and where a team is over-subscribed we will use the official Irish quiz rankings as of the end of 2019 to decide who makes each team.
How do I apply?
At this stage we’d like to know who is interested in competing, so if you are up for representing your province, please complete the below form before Sunday 1st December.
** DO NOT book any non-refundable travel or accommodation until we confirm you are included on a team! **
See below for full event details…
Event: Irish Interprovincial Quiz Championships 2020
Date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 (from approx 11am to 6pm)
Venue: Woodstock Hotel, Shanaway Road, Ennis, V95 TR25 – https://www.hotelwoodstock.ie/
Woodstock Hotel is located on the outskirts of Ennis approximately 4 km from the centre of town on Shanaway Road which is off the main Ennis to Lahinch/Ennistymon Road. There is a full 18 hole parklands golf course next door.
Cost: A charge of €10 per competitor will be levied to cover the cost of the rental of the hotel meeting rooms for the day.
Shannon airport is less than 30 minutes away by road. There is a limited bus service from Shannon Airport to Ennis. Taxis are generally readily available. If there are a number of people flying in on Saturday, collection and transfer to Ennis can be arranged.
** Do not book any non-refundable travel until we confirm you are included on a team! **
By Bus & Train
Ennis is very well served by bus and train services. The Dublin Coach ‘Green Bus’ stop is just in the car park at the rear of the Temple Gate Hotel, near Ennis town centre. Buses depart from Burgh Quay Dublin 17 times a day at a quarter to the hour and take 3.5 hours to reach Ennis serving the Red Cow, Kildare Village, Annacotty, University of Limerick, Limerick City Centre (Arthur’s Quay) and Bunratty. Buses from Ennis to Limerick and Dublin depart on the hour from the hotel car park with the last bus on Sunday evening at 8 pm. Website: https://www.dublincoach.ie/
The shared Ennis Bus Eireann and Irish Rail station is about 6 km from Woodstock hotel. Taxis are generally available at Ennis station and should take no more than 10 minutes. Buses from Galway to Ennis depart every hour at 5 minutes past the hour. Buses from Limerick Station depart for Ennis every hour at 25 minutes past the hour. Buses from Ennis to Galway and Limerick and onwards to Cork depart together at 25 minutes past the hour Website https://buseireann.ie/
There is a limited train service from Limerick and Galway to Ennis on Sundays. There is an 08:30 train from Dublin on Sunday morning with a change at Limerick Junction or Limerick arriving in Ennis at 11:25. There is a 19:00 train from Ennis via Limerick and Limerick Junction arriving Dublin just before 22:00. Website: http://www.irishrail.ie/
If coming by car on the motorway M18 from either Limerick or Galway, take exit 12 and follow the signs on the N85 Ennis bypass for Lahinch/Ennistymon. At the Claureen Roundabout take the first exit for Lahinch/Ennistymon. After approx. 100 metres, turn left onto Shanaway Road and the Woodstock Golf and Country Hotel is approx. one mile up that road on the left hand side. The hotel is on the right and the golf clubhouse is on the left as you enter the site. See https://www.hotelwoodstock.ie/location
Parking in Ennis is free on street and in all public carparks on Sunday. Parking is free at Woodstock hotel.
Lunch is available in Woodstock Hotel on Sunday. We will schedule a break for lunch between around 1:30 and 3:00 pm. A menu will be available from 10:30 to pre-book your lunch. The hotel have offered us a deal for a one course lunch including tea or coffee for €15 and a two course lunch with tea/coffee for €19.
Woodstock Hotel has agreed an overnight rate of €60 per person sharing on the Saturday night & €50 per person sharing on the Sunday night. These can be booked directly with Jenny McNamara at Woodstock Hotel (Tel 065 6899800 / Email firstname.lastname@example.org) and mention the IQO Interprovincials Quiz when making the booking. Ennis is well served with other hotels but this rate will be difficult to beat. The Temple Gate, Old Ground and Queen’s Hotel are all within walking distance of Ennis town centre while the West County and Auburn Lodge are a much longer walk, drive or taxi ride away. Bed & Breakfasts as well as Air BnB are plentiful in and around Ennis.
** REMINDER: Do not book any non-refundable accommodation until we confirm you are included on a team! **
For those who want to make a weekend of it in Ennis there is also a mature 18 hole parklands golf course next door to Woodstock Hotel for those who might want to play that sport or game on Saturday, Sunday or indeed Monday. The Cliffs of Moher and the Burren National Park are less than an hour away by car. There may also be some informal quizzing on the Saturday and/or Sunday nights.