Brain of Dublin

Latest update November 2023: After a 4-year gap, we hope to run Brain of Dublin again in early 2024 in conjunction with the new season of Dublin Quiz League – watch this space.

Held for the first time in 2019-2020, Brain of Dublin is an individual quiz tournament which runs in parallel with the Dublin Quiz League. Here’s how it works:

  • The tournament is open to anyone (you don’t have to be a Dublin Quiz League player)
  • Teams are not involved – this is an individual tournament, so every man or woman for themselves!
  • The tournament takes place over multiple months, starting with a qualifier (next qualifier will be sometime in 2021)
  • Entry fee is €5 per person, payable on the qualifier night.
  • The qualifier is be a written quiz of 50 questions to be completed in 30 minutes. The top 32 scores will qualify for the tournament proper.
  • The remainder of the tournament will take place in monthly heats held on the same night as Dublin Quiz League matches (either before or afterwards) in the same venues.
  • The first three heats are each be a quiz match between 4 players, with the top 1 or 2 scorers going forward to the next round.
  • That then leaves 4 players to contest the grand final, with cash prizes for both the winner and runner-up!

If you’d like to take part in the next tournament in 2021, email to be added to our mailing list.

Brain of Dublin 2020 results

Qualifier round

The qualifier round was held in two parts, on Nov 4th & 12th 2019. We had 46 entrants altogether, each of whom had 30 minutes to tackle the 50-question written paper. The top 32 qualified for the Brain of Dublin tournament itself. Results as follows:

(Note: the tiebreaker answer was 707, so players with the same score are ranked by how close their answer was to the tiebreaker, namely the “tiebreaker difference” column.)

Round 1 (Dec 2019-Jan 2020)

The 32 qualifying players were randomly drawn into 8 heats of 4 players each, with the 2 top-scoring players from each heat going to the next round, as highlighted in green. Each heat consisted of 4 rounds of questions (32 questions in all).

Heat 1
Conor Horgan10
Tom Diffley11*
Anthony Strogen13
Gearóid Grogan11*
*Gearóid won the tiebreak 3-1
Heat 2
Dónall Hoey15
Brian O’Hanlon15
Greg Redmond10
Padraig McLoughlin11
Heat 3
Noel Rogers8
Dónal Ring14
Kevin Jones15
James Sherry7
Heat 4
Mark Lynch8
Gerry Barrett19
Damian McDonnell6
Alan King11
Heat 5
Jules Carney8
Karen Crofton12
Gary Stephens11
Patrick Carthy13
Heat 6
Gary Power8
James Bane12
Eamon Murphy11
Paul Curtayne16
Heat 7
Amanda Bane7
Peter Lowney14
Kevin Lawless10
James Conroy6
Heat 8
Eamonn O’Riordan12
Daniel Watts5
Colm O’Sullivan10
Cathal Dunne15

Round 2 (Feb 2020)

The last 16 players were randomly drawn into 4 heats. Again, each heat consisted of a 4-round 32-question quiz, with the 2 top-scoring players going through.

Heat 1
Dónall Hoey10
Kevin Jones20
James Bane15
Dónal Ring6
Heat 2
Anthony Strogen11
Gearóid Grogan7
Cathal Dunne15
Peter Lowney13
Heat 3
Kevin Lawless6
Paul Curtayne12
Eamonn O’Riordan16
Patrick Carthy13
Heat 4
Brian O’Hanlon13
Alan King7
Gerry Barrett10
Karen Crofton12

Semi-finals (Nov 2020)

After an 8-month delay caused by COVID-19, the tournament resumed online with the remaining matches played via Zoom. In the semi-finals at the end of November, the last 8 players were randomly drawn into 2 heats. This time, each heat was twice as long, consisting of 8 rounds of questions (64 questions in total), with once again the 2 top-scoring players going through.

Heat 1
Eamonn O’Riordan24
James Bane19
Peter Lowney21
Karen Crofton19
Heat 2
Brian O’Hanlon19
Kevin Jones26
Patrick Carthy34
Cathal Dunne17

Final (Dec 2020)

The final was held on Saturday 5th December, again via Zoom.

After a very closely-fought quiz, both Patrick Carthy and Kevin Jones finished level on points. An additional tiebreaker round failed to separate them, so it came down to the final nearest-the-pin question. Patrick’s answer was closer, so he was crowned Brain of Dublin and received the trophy plus €100 cash prize, while Kevin received the runner-up prize of €50. Congratulations to both!

Peter Lowney21
Kevin Jones29*
Patrick Carthy29*
Eamonn O’Riordan14
*Patrick won via tie-breaker

Questions & answers

All the questions & answers from Brain of Dublin 2020 are here for you to freely download: