Midleton will host the East Cork local heat of this year’s National Council for the Blind of Ireland's (NCBI) National Table Quiz on Monday, 23 October.
The NCBI’s National Table Quiz will be hosted at Wallis’ Bar, Midleton from 8pm onward. The entry fee is priced at €10 per person and teams must comprise between four and six people.
The questions usually cover topics such as general knowledge, popular culture, politics, history, geography, music, literature and sport. The prize money on the night is €150, with a grand prize of €3,000 available for the winning team at the national final.
Local and regional heats for the quiz will take place across the country through October and November, with the national final held at Dublin’s Mansion House on Saturday, 2 December. Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl, Fianna Fáil TD, will be the quizmaster for the final.
The NCBI table quiz competition is the only such event run on a national scale in Ireland and was launched in 2015 as a fundraiser for the not-for-profit charitable organisation.
The winner of the inaugural National Table Quiz was a Dublin-based team named E=MC Hammer, with the first competition raising €11,082 for NCBI.
NCBI is Ireland’s national sight loss agency which provides practical and emotional support and services nationwide to people experiencing sight loss, helping them to adapt to sight loss and maintain their independence. The charity provides a service to over 8,000 people every year, 95% of whom have some degree of useful vision and less than 5% of whom are blind. The number of people which needs access to NCBI’s services is increasing by 12% each year.
One of NCBI’s many services provided to people is access to a library of thousands of audio, Braille and large-print books, newspapers and magazines while also sourcing the same from other international libraries. The funds raised during this year’s National Table Quiz competition will go towards funding the national Braille, audio and large print library, which receives no statutory funding.
To register a team for the local heat in Midleton, contact the local NCBI charity shop in either Midleton or Youghal.