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Mountrath student named Laois Spelling Bee Champion for 2019

Eason is delighted to announce Jake Gee Doheny as this year’s winner of the County Laois Eason Spelling Bee Final.

Jake, who is a pupil at St. Fintan’s Boys National School, Mountrath, came out on top after stiff competition from his 10 fellow spelling enthusiasts.

He will go on to compete in the Leinster Provincial Spelling Bee in May.

Jake is an avid reader and his favourite book is The Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa.

Now in its ninth year, the Eason Spelling Bee is the very definition of fun for school kids, encouraging them to read more, expand their vocabulary and fall in love with literacy.

Brendan Corbett, Group Head of Marketing at Eason, said: “We’re now in the ninth year of the Eason Spelling Bee and we’re incredibly proud to see it going from strength to strength annually.

“Each year, the children involved continue to impress us with their level of spelling skill and it’s wonderful to see schools across the country continuing to support this competition.”

Along with the prestigious title of Eason Spelling Bee 2019 Champion, the winning speller will also take home a collection of books for their school library, worth €7,500 as well as a personal collection of books worth €500.

This year, 900 schools around Ireland will take part in the nationwide contest.

Eason are partnering with Today FM for a fourth year and, in early summer, presenter Alison Curtis will host the Provincial and All Ireland Spelling Bee Finals.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.