51. Name Irish Country Living’s longest contributor who has been writing in the paper since 1984 (hint - you’ll find the answer within this issue).

52. After all the controversy, how many nights did Garth Brooks play in Croke Park in 2022?

53. In the film Home Alone, where is the family going on holiday?

54. This waxy natural substance derived from sheep’s wool was once a common ingredient used in the manufacture of cosmetics. Name it.

55. In what year did the Berlin Wall come down?

56. Name the two country singers who famously sang together on the 1983 song Islands in the Stream.

57. Which James Bond actor starred in the Irish film Darby O’Gill and the Little People?

58. In what year did Dublin Zoo open?

59. What was the old name of a Snickers bar before it changed in 1990?

60. This year, Netflix came out with the Beckham documentary. In what year did David Beckham first play with Manchester United?

61. Mount Vesuvius casts a shadow over which modern Italian city?

62. What breed dominates the ICBF top ten replacement AI bull list?

63. How many ghosts show up in A Christmas Carol?

64. What has many keys but cannot open a single lock?

65. Name the singer who had a charts resurgence in 2023 after one of her songs featured on the Netflix series Stranger Things.

Question 66.

66. A fresh egg will do what in a glass of water?

67. The show Moone Boy was set in which Irish town?

68. Put these animals in order of their gestation length starting with the longest first. Cow, sheep, horse, pig.

69. Who wrote the song Danny Boy?

70. Cork beat which county in the 2023 camogie final?

71. Aureolin is a shade of what colour?

72. Name the woman elected as the first female deputy president of the IFA?

73. What company was initially known as Blue Ribbon Sports?

74. What breed of heifer sold for €21,500 at this year’s Carrick winter fair?

75. What famous Irish monument stands at 393 ft tall?

76. When it comes to the A + B – C milk pricing system, what does C stand for? A) Cell count, B) Milk volume or C) Cow numbers?

77. Comté is a nutty cheese made from the milk of which animal?

78. Name the song from these lyrics, “Close the door, lay down upon the floor.”

79. Legally, are Jaffa Cakes a cake or a biscuit?

80. The Boy and the Piano featuring Elton John was a famous Christmas ad for which UK company?

81. How many years did Gay Byrne present The Late Late Show?

82. Which year did Stephen Roche win the Tour de France?

83. Name the city that hosted the Eurovision contest this year.

84. How many hearts does an octopus have?

85. Name the jockey who rode a winner at Limerick in March 2023 at 66 years of age.

86. New Zealand performs the

‘haka’ before rugby matches but which country performs the ‘sipi tau’?

87. What word describes a word that spells the same forwards and backwards?

88. Four countries still use the shilling as their currency. Name them.

89. What is always in front of you but can’t be seen?

90. ‘A tower’ is a collective noun for a group of which animals?

91. The dish saganaki comes from which country?

92. Which Game of Thrones star was nominated for an Emmy for every single season?

93. Name Christy Moore’s first album.

94. From what Roman god does the month of January get its name?

95. Name the Irish company that has made the famous ball that drops in Times Square on New Years Eve.

96. Dancing at Lughnasa was written by which Irish playwright?

97. Tarracóir is the Irish word for what kind of farm machinery?

98. Name the current CEO of Bord Bia.

99. How many all-Ireland senior hurling championships did Brian Cody win as manager with


100. What Tchaikovsky ballet became synonymous with Christmas having first been performed in San Francisco in 1944?

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