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Two schools representing  the  Newry area in the CRASH Services Northern Ireland Primary School Road Safety Quiz finished 2nd and 3rd at the finals, which were held at the NI Fire & Rescue Training Centre in Belfast on Monday 14th March.

Dromintee Primary School, with a team of Sarah Graham, Sean Taheny, Leah McCreesh and Ciaran Tiernan were second while in third place was St.Patrick’s Primary School, Crossmaglen.  Their team included Aaron O'Neill, Aodh Murphy, Aodhan Donnelly and Sean Hand.  They were narrowly beaten by St.Mary’s PS Altinure, which is a rural school in the North West.

The 2nd placed team from Dromintee PS;  L-R Back Row: NIFRS Assistant Chief Fire Officer Alan Walmsley, Road Safety Council of Northern Ireland Director Davy Jackson and Jonathan McKeown of CRASH Services;  Team members Sarah Graham, Sean Taheny, Leah McCreesh and Ciaran Tiernan.
The Second placed team from Dromintee PS; L-R Back Row: NIFRS Assistant Chief Fire Officer Alan Walmsley, Road Safety Council of Northern Ireland Director Davy Jackson and Jonathan McKeown of CRASH Services; Team members Sarah Graham, Sean Taheny, Leah McCreesh and Ciaran Tiernan.

The Road Safety Council of Northern Ireland have been running the quiz for Primary 7 school children for over 20 years. All the finalists had qualified from regional heats organised by local road safety committees.  Over 80 teams initially entered across the 6 committee areas.

The table quiz format ensured that the children learnt about road safety issues in a fun way.  There was a mixture of serious messages, facts and figures as well as general knowledge questions. Each of the children who took part received a certificate and road safety goody bag.

Pat Martin, Chair of the Road Safety Council of NI, a former primary school teacher, said "I have been a keen supporter of this event over many years The Quiz is a great way for our children to learn the importance of Road Safety in their lives.  Everyone involved is encouraged to take the important lessons back to their homes and schools.  

Special Guests on the night were Inspector Rosie Leech from PSNI Roads Policing and Alan Walmsley, NIFRS Assistant Chief Fire Officer Alan Walmsley. 

Third placed team from St.Patrick’s PS, Crossmaglen;  L-R Back Row: School Principal Mr Michael Madine, NIFRS Assistant Chief Fire Officer Alan Walmsley, Road Safety Council of Northern Ireland Director Davy Jackson and Jonathan McKeown of CRASH Services;  Team members Aaron O'Neill, Aodh Murphy, Aodhan Donnelly and Sean Hand.
Third placed team from St.Patrick’s PS, Crossmaglen; L-R Back Row: School Principal Mr Michael Madine, NIFRS Assistant Chief Fire Officer Alan Walmsley, Road Safety Council of Northern Ireland Director Davy Jackson and Jonathan McKeown of CRASH Services; Team members Aaron O'Neill, Aodh Murphy, Aodhan Donnelly and Sean Hand.

Inspector Leech said that she was humbled and delighted to see so many young people present who would soon be teenagers and young drivers of the future, learning about road safety and participating in such a worthwhile competition.  She also expressed her gratitude to the volunteers of the Road Safety Council and its Committees for the time and effort that they put into organising and running both the regional heats and the Northern Ireland Finals.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Mr Walmsley, commented that NIFRS were delighted to provide the venue for the evening and support the Road Safety Council in all its activities.  He said that every day his officers are called upon to visit the scenes of at least two serious road traffic collisions on Northern Ireland’s roads to provide help and rescue for ordinary people injured and trapped in vehicles.

Jonathan McKeown from event sponsors CRASH Services said, “As a local business we are delighted to be able to support the NI Primary School Quiz.  We are involved in accident management and breakdown recovery services, so we have a close connection with road users and we are pleased to get involved with road safety projects like this.  We look forward to supporting this event for many years in the future”. 

 

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