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Dublin students set to represent Ireland in European Finals of financial education competition

Picture shows from left BPFI President, Gavin Kelly; with Dublin students Daniel Olusegun,(13) and Darragh McGourty,(13)

11th April 2019

Two first year students will go head to head with students from 27 other countries in the live final of the European Money Quiz in Brussels

Dublin students Daniel Olusegun,13 and Darragh McGourty,13, are set to fly the flag for Ireland as they bid to become European Champions in the finals of the European Money Quiz 2019, a European-wide financial education competition.

The European Money Quiz is a European-wide competition which aims to promote financial literacy among students aged between 13-15 year olds. In March, BPFI hosted the Irish heats of the quiz when over 800 students in classrooms across Ireland played the quiz simultaneously in an innovative real time Kahoot! Webcast on YouTube. Students, in teams of two, had to answer a range of financial education related questions with the winner being the team to answer the most correct questions in the fastest time.

Winning team, Daniel and Darragh, first year business studies students from Firhouse Community College, Dublin 24, were today crowned national champions of the Irish heats of the competition and presented with a trophy by BPFI President, Gavin Kelly, at a ceremony to mark their success at national level. They will now travel to Brussels to represent Ireland in the competition’s European final on May 7th. This will see teams of two from 28 countries play directly against each other in a live final in a bid to become European champions. The final will be hosted by the European Banking Federation of which BPFI is a member. In 2018 team Ireland – two students from Co Meath – took second place in the European final.

Speaking at today’s presentation, BPFI President, Gavin Kelly said: “BPFI is delighted to mark the great success of Daniel and Darragh in winning the Irish final of the European Money Quiz and beating off some very stiff competition from schools right across Ireland in the process. This innovative quiz is a great initiative to boost financial literacy amongst students in Ireland. It is vital that we help young people prepare for their future and this quiz is a fun way to learn about money, personal finance and financial terminology. We wish both students every success as they go on to represent Ireland in the European final in Brussels in May and in hoping that, whatever the result, they will learn even more from their experience.”

The European Money Quiz take place as part of European Money Week (EMW), a joint initiative between the European Banking Federation and 30 banking associations across Europe – including BPFI. BPFI’s participation in EMW is part of its on-going work in the area of financial education which also includes the development of BusinessEducation.ie, an online resource for teachers and students of business subjects at second level developed jointly with the Business Studies Teachers’ Association of Ireland (BSTAI) and member banks.

 

For further information contact Jillian Heffernan, Head of Communications, BPFI, 087 9016880 jillian.heffernan@bpfi.ie

European Money Quiz 2018 Irish Final – winners and runners up

Winning Team
Daniel Olusegun & Darragh McGourty, Firhouse Community College, Firhouse, Dublin 24

1st Runners Up
Ciarmhac O’Fionnagain & Michael McGovern of O’Carolan College, Nobber, Co Meath

2nd Runners Up
Patrick McWalter & Aoife Sharkey of St Colmcille’s Community School, Scholarstown Road, Knocklyon, Dublin 16

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