Jodie Reilly Is Crowned Ulster Champion Speller In The 2016 Eason Spelling Bee Final

Eason is delighted to announce Jodie Reilly as the winner of the Ulster Spelling Bee 2016. The student from St. Joseph’s Primary School, Strangford, fought off stiff competition from a number of other spelling enthusiasts and will now move forward to compete in the All-Ireland national Spelling Bee final in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin on Monday, June 20.

Picture by  Press Eye  Pictured with Downtown Radio's Kirstie McMurray and Eason Belfast Store Manager Alison Allen is Jodie Reilly from St. Patrick's primary school in Strangford,

Picture by Press Eye
Pictured with Downtown Radio’s Kirstie McMurray and Eason Belfast Store Manager Alison Allen is Jodie Reilly from St. Patrick’s primary school in Strangford,

Jodie came up trumps in the highly anticipated final, held in the Eason Flagship Store, Donegall Place, against contestants from Derry, Cavan, Donegal, Tyrone, Antrim, Fermanagh and Monaghan with her winning word ‘xylophone’.

The competition, in partnership with Cool FM and Downtown Radio, is part of an overall Eason literacy and reading initiative that aims to inspire children to develop a greater appreciation of words in a fun and educational way, and to encourage them to perfect their spelling and pronunciation skills.

Brendan Corbett, Group Head of Marketing at Eason, said; “The Eason Spelling Bee continues to go from strength to strength, and in this our 6th year, we will see a record number of over 1,100 schools participate. 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”.

Picture: Press Eye

Picture: Press Eye

The ultimate spelling contest starts out with registered schools holding their own in-school bee to find their school champion. The Spelling Bee team then travel around the country to hold the County Final Bees, which then leads to four Provincial Finals culminating in the All-Ireland Final in June.

Jodie will be joined by other provincial winners from Munster, Connacht and Leinster to compete for a goodie package full of books worth £500 and the prestigious title of the 2016 Eason Spelling Bee champion. The All-Ireland winning school will also receive a mountain of books for their library to the value of £5,500.

Keep up to date with all the 2016 Spelling Bee news on and @easons #EasonSpellingBee or follow Eason on Facebook.

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