The Wednesday sports quiz: Echo expert Denis Hurley tests your knowledge 

The Wednesday sports quiz: Echo expert Denis Hurley tests your knowledge 
Lar Corbett on the goal trail for Tipperary against Kilkenny in 2010. Picture:: Brendan Moran/SPORTSFILE


1. Which country did the Ireland women’s hockey team beat in a penalty shootout to qualify for the Olympics?

2. In which athletics discipline did Jason Smyth win gold at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai?

3. Apart from the penalty try they were awarded, name either of the Ireland players to score against New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final?

4. Where did Ireland finish in the Aga Khan Trophy in August of last year?

5. Who was Cork City’s interim manager after John Caulfield left the club in May of last year?

6. Davy Russell and Tiger Roll won back-to-back Aintree Grand Nationals – the first to do so since Red Rum in which year?

7. Shamrock Rovers won the FAI Cup as they beat Dundalk on penalties – when was the last time before this year that they had won the competition?

8. Since the beginning of 2017, how many times have the Republic of Ireland soccer team played Denmark at senior level?

9. Stephen Kenny had been set to take over from Mick McCarthy as Ireland manager in 2020 – who replaced McCarthy at the end of his first stint in charge?

10. For which Championship club does Ireland international Cyrus Christie play?

11. Who won a second consecutive Irish Flat Racing Champion Jockey title in 2019 before announcing his intention to retire and take up training?

12. Séamus Callanan won the Hurler of The Year Award – who was the last Tipperary player before him to do so?

13. Callanan, Pádraic Maher, Brendan Maher and which other player won their third All-Ireland medals in 2019?

14. Before Liverpool, which was the last club to win the Champions League the year after losing the final?

15. In November, Katie Taylor overcame Christina Linardatou to claim the WBO female junior welterweight title. Taylor already holds the world title at which other weight?

16. Who won the 2019 World Snooker Championship?

17. Which of the five Irish classics at the Curragh is scheduled latest in the year?

18. Who beat Roger Federer in the Wimbledon men’s singles final on the same day as the cricket decider?

19. When was Tiger Woods’ last Masters win before 2019?

20. How many different sides have Leinster faced in their five European Cup/Champions Cup finals?

21. How many All-Ireland senior finals have Kilkenny played in under Brian Cody?

22. Which former Australia out-half joined the Munster coaching staff in the summer of 2019?

23. Apart from Cork, which county lost all three of their games in the All-Ireland SFC Super 8s?

24. How many football All-Stars did Dublin win in 2019?

25. Who stepped down as Cork ladies’ football manager only to have a change of heart and return to the post?

26. When was the last time before 2019 that Laois competed in the All-Ireland senior hurling quarter-finals?

27. Who won the Young Footballer of The Year Award?

28. Dublin lost just one championship game under the management of Jim Gavin – who beat them?

29. Which English golfer came second to Shane Lowry at the 2019 Open Championship at Royal Portrush?

30. The Washington Nationals compete in which sport?

31. Who finished second to Lewis Hamilton in the Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship in 2019?

32. Tipperary did an All-Ireland senior and U20 hurling double in 2019. Which was the last county to win a senior/U21 double?

33. Who captained Imokilly to victory in the Cork SHC in 2019?

34. Which Luxembourg side eliminated Cork City from the 2019-20 Europa League?

35. And which Scottish club would City have faced if they had progressed?

36. Since 2012, the All-Ireland League has been won by either Clontarf, Cork Constitution or Lansdowne. Who won the 2011-12 competition?

37. Where was the 2019 Champions League final held?

38. Cork won the All-Ireland minor and U20 football titles in 2019 – when had the county previously won the minor and U21 football in the same year?

39. South Africa’s 32-12 win over England in the Rugby World Cup final was the joint second-largest since the competition began. Which World Cup final had the largest winning margin?

40. Manchester City retained the Premier League title in 2019 – apart from Manchester United, which was the last club to do that?

41. Which Cork rugby club won the All-Ireland U16 title in 2019, having won the U18 in 2018?

42. Who is the Connacht rugby coach?

43. Where was the 2019 Irish Open held?

44. Who did Liverpool beat in the final of the Club World Championship in December 2019?

45. Kilkenny knocked Cork out of the 2019 All-Ireland hurling championship at the quarter-final stage – when was the last time before that that the Cats beat Cork in the championship?

And looking ahead:

46. The International Rules Series will return in 2020 – when was the last time Ireland took on Australia in the compromise code?

47. How many Euro 2020 games are scheduled take place at the Aviva Stadium in the summer of 2021?

48. Tokyo is due to host the Olympics for the second time in 2020, having also held the 1964 event. Name any of the other three cities to have held the games more than once.

49. Where is the 2020 Ryder Cup scheduled to take place?

50. The GAA had planned to introduce the second-tier Tailteann Cup in 2020 – after who was a similar competition in the mid-2000s named after?

Answer number five...
Answer number five...


1. Canada

2. 100m

3. Robbie Henshaw (try), Joey Carbery (conversion)

4. Third

5. John Cotter

6. 1974

7. 1987

8. Six

9. Brian Kerr

10. Fulham

11. Donnacha O’Brien

12. Lar Corbett in 2010

13. Noel McGrath

14. Bayern Munich in 2013

15. Lightweight

16. Judd Trump

17. St Leger

18. Novak Djokovic

19. 2005

20. Five

21. Sixteen

22. Stephen Larkham

23. Meath

24. Seven

25. Ephie Fitzgerald

26. 1979

27. Seán O’Shea of Kerry

Seán O'Shea of Kerry kicks a point from a sideline. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Seán O'Shea of Kerry kicks a point from a sideline. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

28. Donegal in the 2014 All-Ireland semi-final

29. Tommy Fleetwood

30. Valtteri Bottas

31. Baseball

32. Clare in 2013

33. Séamus Harnedy

Seamus Harnedy. Picture: Eoin Noonan/Sportsfile
Seamus Harnedy. Picture: Eoin Noonan/Sportsfile

34. Progrès Niederkorn

35. Rangers

36. St Mary’s College

37. Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid

38. 1981

39. 1999, when Australia beat France 35-12

40. Chelsea

41. Bandon

42. Andy Friend

43. Lahinch GC

44. Flamengo

45. 2010 All-Ireland hurling semi-final

46. 2017

47. Four – three group fixtures and one last-16 match

48. London, Paris, Los Angeles

49. Whistling Straits, Wisconsin

50. Tommy Murphy.

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