Co:Wat?! - Countdown in Waterford [June 02nd 2018]

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Co:Wat?! - Countdown in Waterford [June 02nd 2018]

Post by L'oisleatch McGraw » Sun May 13, 2018 3:45 pm

That is the event page.


Based on Channel 4's flagship daytime TV quiz show, this will be a chance to partake in a real life Countdown tournament, in a rural setting. We'll have consonants, we'll have vowels, we'll have numbers. We may not have Rachel Riley to dispense them, but we'll certainly have the equally glamorous Sean Lonergan who will be co-hosting with myself, Eoin Jackson.


Anyone at all! Having an interest in anagramming, word games, or puzzles would certainly make it more fun for you, but that is not a requirement. The event caters for all abilities. Some players will be very skilled, but many will be beginners. There will be prizes on offer at each ability level... so whether you are expert, intermediate or novice, there is a chance of coming away with a prize.


The event will be held in the Carbally Community Centre in Ballymacaw, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, Ireland. (At the heart of the sunny South East. :) ) The Community Centre is located a 5 minute walk from a beach and around a 7 minute walk from the two local pubs, Dowers and Whites. The venue is very spacious, and contains kitchen facilities.


It kicks off at 10:30am, and will be conducted using the Bristol-style classroom format. Everyone gets to see the same sets of letters and numbers, and to play them at the same time. Each person will have a direct opponent assigned. These match-ups will be drawn at random just before the start of each game. Everyone is guaranteed at least 6 games during the day. The results of the early matches will determine the composition of the different quarter final groupings. The top 8 (sorted by number of wins, then number of points) will contest the quarter final group from which the event winner will come. The final game to determine the event winner will be the only game that won’t be done in the classroom-style setting. It will be a stand-alone match, and everyone will be welcome to stick around and spectate if they so wish.
After dinner, we’ll stroll down to Whites for a few games of pool, followed by an evening of music. Can’t bate the oul singsong! :)


Once again the aim is to make this as cheap as possible while still covering costs. This year there are two price plans:-
~PLAN #1 [FULL PACKAGE]:- €35 [or £31 in GBP] …includes the event, accommodation, and up to 4 meals during your stay.
~PLAN #2 [EVENT ONLY]:- €15 [or £13 in GBP] …includes the event and up to 2 meals.
I would expect that many of those travelling to Waterford for this would want to avail of the cheap / virtually free accommodation. So, for your €35 you are getting 2 nights accommodation in a house available specially for Co:Wat guests, the event, breakfast, lunch and dinner on the Saturday, and also breakfast on Sunday.

€15 is the price available for Waterford natives, or anyone else who has their own accommodation sorted. The price includes the event, and meals (lunch and dinner) on Saturday.

Other items that are provided throughout, free of charge, include:- 1. Pens and paper to use; 2. Coffees, teas, and some soft drinks; 3. Snacks, 4. Possibly a ‘hangover’ event on the Sunday (depending on demand).

(We are hoping all of this will be doable without operating at a loss financially. Depending on numbers, it is possible.)


We can only guarantee proper beds to the first 5 people who apply, and need a place to sleep, thereafter, we're talking camp beds, air mattresses, and if the number sleeping exceeds 10, there will be camping accommodation on site to cater for that possibility.

The venue cannot cater for more than 50 people at the event in total. (I will keep this event page updated with what the numbers currently stand at… though we don’t expect to reach capacity, so no need to worry.)

To book your place at Co:Wat?! send the payment to Eoin Jackson via paypal at the address (please remember to select 'payment to friends & family') Alternatively make out a cheque to Eoin Jackson and send it on to 33 Shanakiel, Coxtown, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford.


If you are coming form overseas, the best options are to fly into Cork or Dublin. Both of these are approx a 90min drive from Waterford. Bus and train would be available to the city, and we can arrange a lift to the venue from there (for free, obviously). For anyone who would rather take the Ferry. There are regular sailings into Rosslare harbour from Pembroke and Fishguard in Wales. (Rosslare is a 60min drive from Dunmore East.)
For anyone travelling within Ireland, if you can make it to Waterford, we can provide a lift to the venue for you. If you are using Sat Nav, “Carbally Community Centre, Ballymacaw” should work fine.

[More details to go here as they come available.]


Eoin Jackson* (host)
Seán Lonergan* (host)

#1. James Robinson*
#2. Michelle Jackson*
#3. Kevin Jackson*
#4. Fionnuala Knox
#5. Hazel Drury*

There are others who aren't fully confirmed as yet.
This will be updated as more people commit to signing up.

[*Asterisk denotes someone who has attended a co:event before...]
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Re: Co:Wat?! - Countdown in Waterford [June 02nd 2018]

Post by James Robinson » Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:54 pm

Just a little bit of score info for those of you not in the know, I'm sure Eoin will do more details later.

In the semi-finals, both the game between Eddy Byrne and Mark Murray & myself and Hazel Drury went to a crucial, and while mine and Hazel's resulted in Hazel winning 81-75, as neither of us got it, Mark solved his to win 104-100.

In the 3rd place play-off, Eddy guaranteed an Irish 1-2-3 by defeating me 118-100.

In the final, which started great for Mark early doors, the killer move came in R10, when Hazel spotted RUTILATED to bag herself 18 points, and maintain a double-figure lead that she wouldn't relinquish, ending with a final score of 92-79.

Which makes HAZEL DRURY the first woman to win a FOCAL-affiliated CO-event :!: :!: :!: ;) :) :D :mrgreen: 8-)
CO:WY COMING SOON.... ;) :) :D :mrgreen: 8-) :geek: :ugeek:

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