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Killaloe girl is Munster’s best speller

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Twelve year old, Hannah Moroney has won the 2018 Munster Provincial Spelling Bee.

Easons in Patrick St, Cork hosted the final with Hannah from Convent Primary School, Killaloe coming out on top. She took first place against five talented young Bees with the word, Abdicate.

Hannah will now move forward to compete in the All-Ireland Eason Spelling Bee final in the Helix in Dublin on Thursday, 14th June. “I’m really excited to have won and I’m looking forward to the final,” a delighted Hannah said.

Brendan Corbett, Group Head of Marketing at Eason, commented; “We are thrilled to see the continued success of the Eason Spelling Bee over the past eight years. The children and their schools should be extremely proud to represent their counties in this hugely talented competition. It is remarkable to see the level of exceptional spelling from individuals across the country and the continued support from teachers and schools who contribute to this exciting competition every year.”

Today FM’s Alison Curtis was the host and she said “The standard of the spellers was exceptional and it’s great to see such enthusiasm from these talented participants, across the country. The Eason Spelling Bee is both a great day out for the schools but it is also hugely important to developing reading and literacy skills among children.”

Each year the competition begins with registered schools hosting their own in-school Bee competitions, to find their school champion. From there, the Eason Spelling Bee team hits the road to host the County Final Bees, which then leads to four Provincial Finals. The All-Ireland Final will take place on Thursday, 14th June 2018, where the champion speller will be crowned. The winning school will receive a collection of books for their library to the value of €7,500. The Spelling Bee winner will be awarded books worth €500 and the prestigious title of the 2018 Eason Spelling Bee champion.

Newmarket-on-Fergus native, Páraic McMahon is a freelance journalist and broadcaster currently working for numerous national and local publications including The Clare Echo, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, RTÉ, TheJournal.ie, The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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