1 Who is the current Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine?

2 What was the name of Oisín’s father in the Irish legend about Tír na nÓg?

3 What are the five colours of the Olympic rings?

4 In tennis, what piece of fruit is found at the top of the men’s Wimbledon trophy?

5 Arachnophobia is a fear of what?

6 How many TDs make up the current Dáil?

7 Which nuts are most often used to make marzipan?

8 What is the capital of Serbia?

9 The TV series of Normal People premiered in 2020 – but who wrote the original book, published in 2018?

10 In what year was The Pogue’s Fairytale of New York released?

11 How many strings does a violin have?

12 What does RTÉ translate to as Gaeilge?

13 What year did Ireland join the EEC – European Economic Community (now the EU)?

14 With what song did Dana Rosemary Scallon win the Eurovision in 1970?

15 Who was the first female President of Ireland to serve two terms?

16Who won the 1996 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship?

17 Which Hollywood actor spent lockdown in Dalkey, Co Dublin?

18 In what year was the first edition of the Irish Farmer’s Journal published?

19 For how many years was the UK part of the European Union before leaving?

20 Grass staggers in cattle and sheep is caused by a deficiency of which mineral?

21 In which month was the first COVID-19 case in Ireland confirmed?

22 Name the three types of blood vessels.

23 Which county is home to Flahavan’s Oats?

24 Where were the Olympics held in 2016?

25 In which county are Keeling’s Strawberries based?

26 How many gifts in total were given in the song the 12 Days of Christmas?

27 Where are the Ploughing Championships set to be held in 2021?

28 Which Irish cyclist won the Green Jersey in this year’s Tour de France?

29 In which county is Tayto Park located?

29. In which county is Tayto Park located?

30 What is the name of Munster Rugby’s main home ground?

31 Name the four current members of U2.

32 Which two country singers famously sang together on 1983 song, Islands in the Stream?

33 On which Dublin street is the James Joyce statue?

34 What was Queen’s first hit single in 1980?

35 Who is the creator and writer of the hit sitcom Derry Girls?

36 On which day of the week does Christmas Day fall this year?

37 Who scored the winning drop goal in the 2009 Six Nations to secure the Grand Slam?

38 In which county is the village of Feakle?

39 What is the name of the pig in Charlotte’s Web?

40 In which language was the Book of Kells originally written?

41 What is the first name of Daniel O’Donnell’s wife?

41. What is the first name of Daniel O’Donnell’s wife?

42 Name the third-level teacher-training institution for home economics in Ireland.

43 Which three chemical elements make up fat?

44 Which female Irish celebrity won the 2020 Dancing with the Stars with partner Pasquale La Rocca?

45 Who is Ireland’s new EU Commissioner following the resignation of Phil Hogan?

45. Who is Ireland’s new EU Commissioner following the resignation of Phil Hogan (pictured)?

46 What was the name of President Michael D Higgins’ dog who passed away in September?

47 Which Dublin band sang Rosalie?

48 Who is the tillage editor of the Irish Farmers Journal?

49 Who shot John Lennon?

50 Who famously said: “Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam?”

First prize

Dunbrody House is located in beautiful Co Wexford and owned by reknowned Irish chef Kevin Dundon.

Ireland’s Blue Book is delighted to offer the lucky winner two nights bed & breakfast (with dinner on one night) for two people sharing at Dunbrody House, Co Wexford.

Indulgence is the order of the day at Dunbrody House with its world-renowned gourmet restaurant, chic champagne and seafood bar and leisurely breakfasts.

Dunbrody House will welcome one lucky winner plus guest for a two-night stay and dinner on one night.

Located within 300ac of parkland on the idyllic Hook Peninsula of Ireland’s south coast, Dunbrody is the perfect year-round getaway to the country Enjoy the relaxed elegance and individually-styled rooms, very much in keeping with the hotel’s Georgian origins The late breakfast option (until noon) will make it easy to avail of long, lazy lie-ins.

For culinary inquisitives, there’s a cookery school option with a choice of one, two or five-day courses and those seeking some ‘me time’ can indulge in the luxury boutique Spa (*cookery classes and spa treatments not included).

Second prize

One lucky winner (plus guest) will unwind in the Marble City in the beautiful Pembroke Hotel.

Pembroke Kilkenny has offered one lucky winner a luxurious two-night stay plus a delicious meal for two people in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East.

The four-star boutique hotel is located within easy walking distance of the city’s top attractions Kilkenny Castle, the Smithwick’s Experience and Ireland’s Medieval Mile are right on the doorstep along with Kilkenny’s famous arts, shopping, heritage, café culture and outdoor adventures

The hotel has eliminated all touchpoints throughout the property amongst other smart solutions to COVID-19; your safety and comfort is their top priority.

The Pembroke Hotel is located in the heart of Kilkenny City.

As part of your prize, experience the best of Kilkenny’s ‘farm to fork’ producers at Statham’s Restaurant. Highlights from the menu include the Ballykeefe Farm 10oz Striploin Steak or Goatsbridge Grilled Trout Teriyaki. After a sensational night’s sleep; wake up refreshed to a sumptuous breakfast which will set you up nicely to explore Kilkenny or indulge in a relaxing spa-treatment at Mint MediSpa on site.


Third prize

Rathmullen House, in Co Donegal, is just a stone's throw from a two-mile-long beach and overlooks Lough Swilly.

Ireland’s Blue Book is delighted to offer the lucky winner one night bed and breakfast with dinner for two people sharing at Rathmullan House, Co Donegal.

Set in idyllic wooded grounds overlooking Lough Swilly in Co Donegal, and just a few steps from a two-mile long golden beach, the luxury hotel and restaurant is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the good things in life Renowned for their award-winning food - locally sourced and expertly cooked - and beautifully furnished bedrooms; what brings it all together is the genuine family warmth of the welcome you receive here. With its stunning location beside the sea, you can stroll through the gardens of this lovely old house down to the sandy beach.

Coupon One

Think you’ve answered all the questions correctly? Here’s what you need to do to enter the competition: either type or clearly print your answers in list format and attach this coupon to your answer sheet Once you have completed this week’s answers, combine them with next week’s (including Coupon Two) and then post both answer sheets to:

Irish Country Living Christmas Quiz,

Irish Farmers Journal,

The Irish Farm Centre,


Dublin 12.

Terms and conditions: We will accept complete answer sheets (weeks one and two, with both coupons attached) until Friday, the 8th of January, 2021. Entries achieving 90% or higher will be entered into the prize draw. No staff of the Irish Farmers Journal, nor their family members, are eligible to enter this competition. Judges’ decisions are final - prizes cannot be exchanged for a monetary equivalent