Compiled by David Hurley, the Leader Quiz looks back on the people and events that made news in Limerick over the past year.
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1 - King John’s Castle re-opened in June following a €6m redevelopment. When was the castle built?
2 - The University of Limerick unveiled a €224m development plan earlier this month. Which bank has issued a €100m loan to UL for the plan?
A) Allied Irish Bank
B) Central Bank
C)European Investment Bank
3 - Which Irish International rugby star was married in Adare during 2013.
A) Johnny Sexton
B) Tommy Bowe
C) Paul O’Connell
4 - Limerick rocked to Bruce Springsteen when he performed at Thomond Park in July. Which song did he perform first?
A) Born in the USA
B) This Little Light of Mine
C) Hearts of Stone
5 - Which County Limerick Castle was put up for sale in February with an asking price of just under €3m?
A) Glin Castle
B) Castle Oliver
C) Kileedy Castle
1 - In which constituency will voters in Limerick go to the polls for next year’s European elections.
A) Midlands North-West
2 - Voters in Limerick voted to abolish the Seanad when they went to the polls in October. Who is Limerick’s only sitting senator?
A) James Heffernan
B) Dan Neville
C) Willie O’Dea
3 - There were chaotic scenes earlier this month at the Fianna Fail selection convention for the Adare-Rathkeale electoral area ahead of next year’s local elections? Which of the candidates described the event as a ‘Kangaroo convention’ afterwards?
A) Emmett O’Brien
B) Kevin Sheahan
C) Seamus Sheahan
4 - The number of councillors in Limerick will be reduced following next year’s local elections. How many councillors will be elected to the new joint authority?
5 - Which politician was criticised by a judge in August for comments he made about the prosecution of four young men for graffiti-related offences.?
A) Cllr Tom Shortt
B) Cllr Gerry McLoughlin
C) Cllr Michael Sheahan
ENTERTAINMENT, ARTS & CULTURE
1 - Author Donal Ryan’s debut novel was longlisted for the 2013 Booker Prize. What is the title of the novel?
A) Young at Heart
B) The Spinning Heart
C) The Growing Heart
2 - Who will headline the New Year’s Eve concert at Merchant’s Quay to mark the beginning of Limerick City Culture?
B) Dolores O’Riordan
C) Christy Moore
3 - Which Limerick-based actor featured in the most recent series of RTÉ’s Love/Hate?
A) Myles Breen
B) Liam O’Brien
C) Nigel Mercier
4 - Where in Limerick did legendary musician Nile Rogers perform in October?
B) University Concert Hall
C) The Big Top
5 - Who was the winner of this year’s Voice of Ireland competition?
A) Keith Hanley
B) Sinead O’Brien
C) Aoife McLoughlin
BUSINESS & COMMERCE
1 - Which US pharmaceutical giant recently announced plans to create 300 jobs at the former Dell facility in Raheen by 2016.
2 - Which County Limerick company was voted company of the year at the 2013 Limerick Chamber business awards?
2 - Earlier this month, councillors endorsed proposals to reduce the commercial rate in Limerick city in 2014. How much will it be cut by?
4 - Almost 170 people lost their jobs in October when Anderson Ireland closed its manufacturing facility in County Limerick. Where was the factory located?
5 - Which building in Limerick city centre sold for more than €3m earlier this month?
A) Opera Centre
C) River House
1 - Munster’s record points scorer, Ronan O’Gara, retired from rugby at the end of last season. How many caps did win with the province?
2 - Limerick won the Munster Senior Hurling championship in July for the first time in 17 years. Who did they beat in the final at the Gaelic Grounds?
3 - Both Paul O’Connell and Conor Murray featured in the 2013 Lions tour of Australia. Against which side did Conor Murray score the first of his two tries?
B) Combined NSW-QLD Country
C) Western Force
4 - Limerick FC finished 7th in the Airtricity League premier division last season. How many points did Stuart Taylor’s side accumulate?
5 - Which Limerick senior hurler announced his retirement from inter-county hurling earlier this month following a 10-year-career?
A) TJ Ryan
B) Niall Moran
C) Brian Geary