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Year 11 winners of the Co. Derry heat of the Gael Linn Senior Irish Quiz

The Irish Department of Loreto College Coleraine, Specialist School, is once again jubilant as a Year 11 team has won first place in the regional heat of the annual Gael Linn Senior quiz. The victory took place in The White Horse Hotel, Derry on Wednesday 9th February.

The all-boy team of Piaras Mac an tSaoir, Pádraig Mac Bhloscaidh, Marc Ó Garmaile and Conchúr Andarsan beat off the stiff competition of the 200 competitiors present, to win the top accolade. Some of the winning team had won last year’s Ulster Final in the Junior section and will attempt to do the same in this year’s upcoming Senior final.

The quiz was followed up with a high spirited céilí where the boys and their counterparts performed numerous victory dances such as ‘The Waves of Tory’ and the newly created ‘The Waves of Africa’! To complete a great day, the Gael Linn hosts complemented Loreto’s pupils on their impeccable turnout and keen participation. 2011 has been a fantastic year so far for the Irish Department, as Loreto’s Junior Quiz team also won their regional heat and went on to scoop the Ulster title.

Their Irish teachers, Bean Uí Mhianáin and Bean Uí Mhaoláin are, as always, proud of them all. Mr Brian Lenehan, Principal of Loreto College, paid tribute to the four boys and to their teachers on a tremendous success, and wished them well for the next stage of the competition.