Win big with the Limerick Leader quiz of the year

You could win a weekend away at the Gibson Hotel by entering the Limerick Leader Quiz of the Year
Were you paying attention over the past year, test your local knowledge by entering the Limerick Leader Quiz of the Year.

Were you paying attention over the past year, test your local knowledge by entering the Limerick Leader Quiz of the Year.

To be in with a chance of winning a fabulous weekend away at Dublin’s Gibson Hotel, post your answers to the Limerick Leader Quiz of the year (questions below) to ‘Christmas Quiz’, Limerick Leader, 54 O’Connell Street, Limerick or email by 5pm on Friday January 9, 2015. You can also enter online or via our Facebook page.


1 Which force in the global bloodstock industry acquired a 100-acre farm in County Limerick during 2014 to nurture young horses?

A) Coolmore Stud

B) Godolphin Racing

C) Qatar Racing

2 Limerick City TD Jan O’Sullivan was appointed as Minister for Education and Skills in July. Who did she replace in the role?

A) Eamon Gilmore

B) Ruairi Quinn

C) Pat Rabbitte

3 More than 12,000 people signed an online petition in February opposing the decision by RTÉ 2FM to stop broadcasting its weekday drivetime show from Limerick. Who presented the show?

A) Dave Fanning

B) Rick O’Shea

C) Will Leahy

4 ­The Limerick Public Bike Scheme was officially launched on December 8. Which company sponsored the roll-out of the initiative.

A) McDonalds

B) Coke Zero

C) Starbucks

5 ­Singer Dolores O’Riordan was arrested at Shannon Airport in November following an alleged air-rage incident. Which band is she most associated with? A) The Raspberries

B) The Gooseberries

C) The Cranberries


1 ­Who is the County Limerick man who has been appointed as chef-de-cabinet for Ireland’s EU Commissioner Phil Hogan?

A) Peter Power

B) John Cregan

C) John Moran

2 ­Former Minister Des O’Malley published his memoirs in November. What is the title of the book?

A) Conduct Unbecoming

B) Out of Order

C) Cabinet Confidentiality

3 ­ History was made in May following the merger of Limerick City Council and Limerick County Council after the local elections. How many councillors were elected to serve on the new authority?

A) 35

B) 40

C) 45

4 ­ Which two MEPs were elected to the Ireland South constituency in May without reaching a quota?

A) Seán Kelly and Simon Harris

B) Deirdre Clune and Liadh Ní Riada

C) Seán Kelly and Deirdre Clune

5 ­Which Limerick councillor secured the most first-preference votes in May’s local elections?

A) Emmett O’Brien

B) Bridgid Teefy

C) Maurice Quinlivan

Arts & Culture

1 ­ Which Irish band headlined this year’s Knights of Westfest in Newcastle West?

A) The Script

B) The Coronas

C) Aslan

2 ­ The visit of the Giant Granny to Limerick in September was one of the highlights of Limerick, City of Culture. In which French City is Royal De Luxe based?

A) Nice

B) Marseille

C) Nantes

3 ­ Boyzone singer Keith Duffy stars in this year’s Panto at UCH. Which character did he previously play in Coronation Street?

A) Ciaran McCarthy

B) Norris Cole

C) Peter Barlow

4 ­ Which legendary band played a gig at the Big Top in the Milk Market earlier this month to mark the 20th anniversary of Dolan’s Warehouse?

A) Bon Jovi

B) The Waterboys

C) Crowded House

5 ­Which studio is in discussions with Limerick City and County County Council about developing a film production facility in Limerick?

A) Ardmore Studios

B) Pinewood Studios

C) Ashford Studios


1. Which local company was voted overall company of the year at the 2014 Limerick Chamber business awards?

A) Limerick Strand Hotel

B) Grassland Agro

C) Kemp Technologies

2. A formal twinning agreement between Limerick and the US city, which is home to the headquarters of health care firm Johnson and Johnson, was signed in November. Which city is Limerick now twinned with?

A) Santa Clara, California

B) New Brunswick, New Jersey

C) Memphis, Tennessee

3 ­ Who is the current president of Newcastle West and District Chamber of Commerce?

A) Pat Magner

B) Brian Long

C) Ann Liston

4 ­Which well-known coffee brand opened its first store at the former HMV store in the city centre earlier this month?

A) Costa

B) Starbucks

C) Nespresso

5 ­The Sin Bin pub and nightclub closed earlier this year - 13 years after it first opened. Which former rugby international was associated with the business?

A) Mick Galwey

B) Peter Clohessy

C) Ronan O’Gara


1 In which US city was boxer Andy Lee crowned WBO world champion?

A) New York

B) Boston

C) Las vegas

2 Kilmallock defeated Cratloe at the Gaelic Grounds last month to capture the club’s third Munster title. Who will they face in the All Ireland semi final?

A) Gort

B) Portaferry

C)Ballyhale Shamrocks

3 ­Anthony Foley took up the role as Munster head Coach on July 1 following departure of Rob Penney. How many times did he play for the province before retiring in 2008?

A) 191

B) 201

C) 211

4 ­Seamus Hickey won his first hurling All Star this year. Which other Limerick player was also selected for the All Star team?

A) Gavin O’Mahony

B) Graeme Mulcahy

C) Shane Dowling

5 ­Croom-based jockey Robbie McNamara, see picture above, received a Limerick Person of the Month award following his double at this year’s Cheltenham festival. The first of his two success was in the Champion Bumper. Which horse did he ride?

A) Briar Hill

B) Silver Concorde

C) Champagne Fever