Ciarán Hancock's Christmas Quiz
WIN A WEEKEND IN LONDON:Closing date for entries is Friday, January 4th. Send your answers to me at The Irish Times, 24-28 Tara Street, Dublin 2, or email email@example.com with the word QUIZ in the subject line. The first correct entry drawn after the closing date will win a luxury city break to London in association with British Airways and The Doyle Collection. The prize will include two return tickets to London valid for one year on the daily services operated to London Heathrow by British Airways, ba.com. It will also feature two nights in a luxury studio suite in the Marylebone, the Bloomsbury or the Kensington hotels with breakfast, doylecollection.com.
1 What stake do co-operative members now have in Glanbia plc following the company’s recent restructuring
2 Which UK hotels were the subject of a high-profile court battle in Britain between Irish developer Paddy McKillen and the Barclay brothers?
3 Who are the public interest directors on the board of Permanent TSB?
4 Which Irish financial institution tread the boards in 2012?
5 How much did Denis O’Brien’s mobile phone company Digicel raise via a bond offering in September?
6 Which large listed British company is planning to enter the Irish broadband market in 2013?
7 Who is the chief executive of AIB?
8 How many flights a day does British Airways operate between Dublin and London Heathrow?
9 Who bought Humewood Castle in Co Wicklow in November?
10 In 1970, there were 27 companies on the Irish Stock Exchange – just four of those names remain today, either on the main or junior market. Who are they?
11 What was the level of Ireland’s national debt at the end of November 2012?
12 Name the executive who has agreed to take a big pay cut to return here and run the Dublin Airport Authority?
13 Which soft drinks brands did CC recently acquire?
14 Which Middle East airline began flying to Dublin in January of this year?
15 Retailer Clerys changed hands this year. Who bought the department store?
16 The largest examinership in the history of the State took place in 2012 – which well-known company did it involve?
17 Which Irish listed company sold off half of its business this year?
18 What jail term was Sean Quinn senior given for contempt of court?
19 Who said this: “There is nothing to hide here,” when explaining their acquisition of two property-related businesses in August.
20 How many jobs has Kerry Group pledged to create at a new Global Technology Innovation Centre in Kildare by 2016?
21 Which English Premier League football club owner is a shareholder in Dublin Aerospace?
22 Name the French group that claimed last April that it would have paid up to €60 million for Siteserv, the utility services business bought by a Denis O’Brien-owned vehicle, Millington, for €45.5 million?
23 Name the Norwegian exploration group that Tullow Oil agreed to buy in December.
24 How much did Smurfit Kappa agree to pay for Mexican- and US-based rival, Orange County Container Group, which it took over in the autumn?
25 Why did Bartra house in Dalkey make the headlines this year?
26 In Ireland, we have the ISEQ while in Britain they have the FTSE. What’s the equivalent in France?
27 How much has Starbucks agreed to pay in corporation tax in the UK over the next two years as a gesture to dampen public disquiet over how little tax it pays there?
28 Which long-established Irish stockbroker collapsed in 2012?
29 Which technology company’s IPO landed Morgan Stanley with a fine of more than $5 million?
30 Who is stepping down as Bord Gáis chief executive?
31 By what name is Dublin-based aircraft leasing group RBS Aviation Capital now known?
32 Which Ireland-headquartered company enjoyed a successful IPO on the New York Stock Exchange?
33 Which director of Independent News Media took legal action against the company in relation to the €1.87 million severance package paid to former chief executive Gavin O’Reilly?
34 Who recently bought the former Bank of Ireland HQ on Baggot St?
35 - 39 Picture round - see photographs above.
40 Name the four people pictured in A, B, C, and D above, all of whom have made the headlines this year.