Eason Spelling Bee: On the road again for its 10th year!


Spelling Bee 2023 Week 1


The Eason Spelling Bee is back for its tenth year! With over 500 schools taking part in 2023, it is great to be back promoting literacy for children across the counties of Ireland.

The Eason Spelling Bee County Finals kicked off earlier this month with its first competition taking place in Co. Offaly. Each registered school has held their own in-house spelling bee to determine which of their students will be put forward for the Eason Spelling Bee county finals. These will run across every county in the Republic of Ireland. Once each county champion is chosen, the winners will move on to the provincial finals where the top speller from each county will battle it out to be their provinces’ champion and move forward to the all-Ireland final where we will crown our Eason Spelling Bee winner for 2023.

Along with the coveted title of King/Queen Bee, there are also some amazing prizes to be won! The details can be found below:

• All-Ireland winning school: A book library to the value of €7,500
• All-Ireland finalists (non-winners) school: A book library to the value of €3,000
• Overall winner: Books/Vouchers to the value of €500
• Finalists (non-winners): Books/Vouchers to the value of €250
• County Heat winners: Books/Vouchers to the value of €50

Three county finals have taken place so far and the winners can be found below. Make sure to check out our social channels and keep an eye on the Eason Blog where each week we will upload the winners from the county competitions that took place that week.



On Thursday 2nd March our team was welcomed with open arms by teachers and pupils from Scoil Naomh Colmcille in Offaly, who were eagerly awaiting to meet our Spelling Bee Team. Spellers were put to the test to see who would be crowned our Offaly Spelling Bee champion. 12 year old Emily Lynom Carroll was crowned County Champion. She will now move on to represent Offaly in the Leinster Final at the end of May.


Emily Lynom Carroll from 6th Class, Pullough National School: Offaly Spelling Bee Winner


On Wednesday 8th March our Spelling Bee team made the journey to Talbot Hotel Carlow. Ten spellers battled it out to be crowned the Carlow County Champion. Iris O'Gorman from 6th class in St Mary's National School claimed the top place after a very impressive display of spelling. She is currently reading The Hate you Give by Angie Thomas. Iris will now move onto the Leinster Final at the end of May.


Iris O'Gorman from 6th Class, St Mary's National School: Carlow Spelling Bee Winner


Our final competition of the week brought our Spelling Bee team to Bunscoil McAuley Rice on the 9th of March A total of 16 spellers took part on the day and the standard of spelling was extremely high. Daniel Tuohy from 6th class Scoil Iognaid de Ris was crowned our Kilkenny County Champion for 2023. One of Daniels favourite authors is Alex Ryder and e will now go on to represent Kilkenny in the Leinster Final at the end of May.

Daniel Tuohy from 6th Class, Scoil Iognaid de Ris: Kilkenny Spelling Bee Winner