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You say Gleninagh and I say Gleninagh….
… you say potato and I say potato. (it doesn’t have quite the same impact when seen on paper!)

I attended the Walkers Association of Ireland annual quiz on Wednesday last in the Lansdowne Hotel (the location for our upcoming annual MountainViews event on 22nd February). The quiz was a great success as usual – it was well attended, had great prizes on offer and had a brilliant mix of questions. There was the usual heckling and craic too as we challenged awful questions or controversial answers. We had been told, warned actually, by the more than capable quizmaster that there was only one answer acceptable for each question, and that was the answer that she declared.

Now the principle of ‘only one acceptable answer’ is fine when there is only one answer, right? But what when there are two equally valid answers or the answer they give is just, well, plain wrong? This was the cause of much complaining and banter, with all of our protests being swatted away like flies from a cows behind. Some examples of the dodgy questions are as follows:

Q: ‘If you were walking in, or on, Gleninagh, where would you be?’

A: We answered Connemara, as did other teams. We were referring, of course, to the famous Gleninagh Valley between the Maamturks and the Twelve Bens. Well we were all marked wrong – the quizmaster would only accept ‘Co. Clare’ as they were referring to a hill by that name there. Riotous protests and unruly grumbling fell on deaf ears. Zero points on that one.

Q: ‘Which was the first country to send a man into space?’
A: We said Soviet Union, knowing that they sent Yuri Gargarin into space in 1961. We were told we were wrong again. The quizmaster said it was Russia, despite the fact that Russia wasn’t a country in 1961. Another point lost.

Q: In which sport is there a footfall?’
A: We said shopping or something as we had never heard of ‘footfall’ in a sport. It turns out the question was read out wrong and the real term that should have been called out was ‘footfault’ (tennis). Cries of ‘unfair’ and ‘give us a point for trying’ fell on further deaf ears.

This is a long-winded way of saying that neither of the two MountainViews teams failed to achieve our modest target of scoring in the top three as we have done in the previous three years. Last year we held first and second places, and third place the previous two years running. (My team came joint-fifth on this occasion). We have gritted our teeth and vowed that once our bruised egos have been salved that we will return again next year to regain the third-place spot.

And when you are next walking or driving in the world famous and startlingly beautiful Gleninagh Valley of Connemara, just remember that it’s not worth a single point!
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