Irish Open Quiz 2015

The third annual Irish Open Quiz was held on Saturday 21st March 2015. Once again, the event was held in the back room of the Addison Lodge pub in Glasnevin, on Dublin’s northside.

Over two dozen top Irish quizzers turned out for the occasion, and it turned out to be a very good day for Dave McBryan, who became Irish Open champion for the first time, several months after winning the inaugural series of the revived Fifteen to One on Channel 4. Dave beat off stiff competition from previous Open champion Lorcan Duff to take the title with an impressive 168 out of 240.

Once again, Irish Quiz Organisation committee member John Groarke wrote the questions for the Irish Open and acted as questionmaster for the day – thanks John! Our gratitude also goes to Mark Henry for writing the team quiz questions, Peter Lowney for generously donating the prizes for the team quiz and John Nolan for donating the prize for the Irish Open.

Scroll down for some photos from the day, full scores and copy of the questions and answers.

Dave McBryan (left) collecting the 2015 Irish Open trophy from quizmaster John Groarke (and you might spot Ireland thumping Scotland in the background!)
Winners of the fun team quiz at the 2015 Irish Open. (L-R) John O’Sullivan, Lorcan Duff, quizmaster Mark Henry and Anthony Strogen

Questions & answers


NameArt / CultureCivilisationEntertainmentLifestylePhysical WorldSport & GamesGrand Total
Dave McBryan313224243225168
Lorcan Duff292528272229160
Kevin Jones302820222819147
Mark Henry282420231928142
Dan O’Malley192430252613137
Padraic Fanning302215262016129
John Nolan212423162122127
John Hayes272620162311123
Patrick Carthy212113222321121
Peter Lowney192615191418111
Gary Stephens202119211712110
Colm O’Sullivan192113191918109
Mark Cockerill161921161124107
Kevin Conlon162017191617105
Anthony Strogen11191216102391
Brian O’Hanlon191991910581
Stuart Redmond131781913878
Derek Cray79151082473
John O’Sullivan201361114872
Carol Cronin91591219771
Michael Gunn128316101867
Claire O’Mahony101113165358
Brian Murphy108151011357
Karen Crofton61116126657
Eamonn Gallagher387120838
Audrey Maguire88476235
Linda Conway40851119

Top Irish scores by genre:

Art / Culture:

  • 1. Dave Mc Bryan 31
  • 2= Kevin Jones 30
  • 2= Padraic Fanning 30
  • 4. Lorcan Duff 29
  • 5. Mark Henry 28


  • 1. Dave McBryan 32
  • 2. Kevin Jones 28
  • 3= John Hayes 26
  • 3= Peter Lowney 26
  • 5. Lorcan Duff 25


  • 1. Dan O’Malley 30
  • 2. Lorcan Duff 28
  • 3. Dave McBryan 24
  • 4. John Nolan 23
  • 5. Mark Cockerill 21


  • 1. Lorcan Duff 27
  • 2. Padraic Fanning 26
  • 3. Dan O’Malley 25
  • 4. Dave McBryan 24
  • 5. Mark Henry 23

Physical World:

  • 1. Dave McBryan 32
  • 2. Kevin Jones 28
  • 3. Dan O’Malley 26
  • 4= John Hayes 23
  • 4= Patrick Carthy 23

Sport & Games:

  • 1. Lorcan Duff 29
  • 2. Mark Henry 28
  • 3. Dave McBryan 25
  • 4= Mark Cockerill 24
  • 5= Derek Cray 24

International results

A number of international quizzers also sat the Irish Open the same weekend: in France, Germany, Romania and India. Here are those international scores:

NameLocationArt & CultureCivilisationEntertainmentLifestylePhysical WorldSport & GamesGrand Total
Sebastian KlussmannGermany272815202622138
Sebastian JacobyGermany28299212220129
Eduard Marian StanRomania312713161714118
Benjamin GrugetFrance26199171822111
Cristian PopRomania292310112017110
Traian RotarescuRomania291910122218110
Vincent RousseyFrance252213122214108
Eric ZieglerFrance28229121916106
Iulian NastasaRomania252310142310105
Jeffrey MoFrance172117182011104
Aditya Sriram SankaranFrance241910211611101
J KrishnamurthiIndia21251217188101
Andy ÖstreichGermany15161114191489
Marie-Louise FinckGermany1420111413981
JK LakshmiIndia181451916577
Costin GeambasuRomania2011510141575
Prasanna KHyderabad151751414570
Sarah ToporoffFrance101015157764