Sully’s quiz confounds all the masterminds

Well, if the questions at the table quiz in aid of John ‘Sully’ O’Sullivan’s rehabilitation fund confounded the wise men and women from the East in the Gleneagle last Friday night, what hope was there for the rest of us?

The Rathmore masterminds, who are a fixture at most table quizzes, predictably emerged as the winners from a field of 29 tables in the Mangerton Suite and generously handed back the €100 prize.

They confessed to Quiz organisers Paul Cronin and Ciara Cronin that they were flummoxed by some of the questions. And so say all of us, but I think it added to the craic on the night as well as extending our general knowledge in directions it had never gone before. If you’re interested in trivia, here are a few, though I can’t remember the more obscure ones. The winner of the 2009 English Grand National on odds of 100 to one was Monmone. Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy.

Kate and Noel enjoy a pearl of a party surprise

Every good wish to Kate and Noel O’Connell, Ballaugh, Killarney, who were treated to a pearl of a surprise by their children, Niall and Ciara, last Saturday night at the Torc Hotel to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.

It takes an entire neighbourhood to keep a surprise party under wraps. And the neighbours around Ballaugh weren’t found wanting when they were asked to keep Kate and Noel in the dark about the gathering.

The couple were on their way to see comedian Bernard Casey in the Gleneagle, or so they thought, when they were asked to drop by the Torc to pick up Noel.