Spelling champion

A KILKENNY student has finished in first place at the Eason All-Ireland Spelling Bee Championships 2012.

A KILKENNY student has finished in first place at the Eason All-Ireland Spelling Bee Championships 2012.

Liam O’ Lionaird, aged 11, from Gaelscoil Osrai in Loughboy won the competition, which is organised by Eason in partnership with RTÉ 2fm. He was presented with his prize by none other than Ryan Tubridy.

Kicking off his Spelling Bee journey as the representative of Gaelscoil Osrai school, Liam soared through the Kilkenny county bee, taking the top prize. He then made his way to the Leinster Provincial Final where he then competed against 11 County Bee Winners to take the title for the province.

Next and final stop was the grand final that took place today in RTÉ, where Liam mastered the spelling of words such ‘Bathysphere’ and ‘Bibliography’ to be the crowned the overall champion live on RTÉ 2fm.

This year’s spelling bee saw the introduction of the county bees, which took place in each of the 32 counties nationwide, followed by four provincial finals – part of RTÉ 2fm’s Ryan Tubridy broadcast – and then culminating in the grand final in RTE Studios.