A Tipperary student was crowned the All-Ireland Eason Spelling Bee champion after correctly spelling the word ‘xenolith’.
Ella Hadley, 12, from Clonmel, saw off stiff competition from four other finalists to win the title at the BGE Theatre in Dublin. She received a collection of books worth €500 as a prize, while her school, Grange National School, will see €7,500 worth of books added to its library.
“I didn’t know what [xenolith] meant but I had feeling it was spelled with an ‘x’,”
Ella told event broadcaster Today FM. She admitted that she was incredibly nervous throughout the competition but was delighted to have come out on top. This was the sixth edition of the Eason Spelling Bee, with over 1,100 schools registering to take part.
Brendan Corbett, group head of marketing at Eason, said: “The competition is not only great fun for the children but it is also very beneficial as spelling is a great way to help develop reading and literacy skills.”