Christmas Quiz: The Winners

Questions tripped up everyone in some shape or form

We received a large entry for Ciarán Hancock’s Christmas Quiz, which took some time to work through.

It threw up a few odd answers with a number of you under the impression that The Irish Times' Business Affairs Correspondent Mark Paul was the chief executive of Viber.

The questions tripped up everyone in some shape or form so the winner and runner-up have been drawn from those with the fewest incorrect answers.

This year's winner is Elaine Kennedy in Lucan, Co Dublin, who wins two return flights to London City Airport with either British Airways, CityJet or Flybe and a two-night stay in the Doyle Collection's Kensington Hotel in London.


The runner-up is John MacDonagh from Castlebar, Co Mayo, who wins a pair of return flights to London City Airport. The same prize goes to Oonagh Delaney in Dublin 18, who was first out of the hat for all completed entries.

Thank you to all who entered and to London City Airport and the Irish-owned Doyle Collection for their fabulous prizes. Let's do it all again next Christmas.


1. Red Rock; 2. 3 Ireland; 3. Patrick Joy (Suretank); 4. Minister of State at the Departments of Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform and the Department of the Taoiseach with Special Responsibility for the OPW, Public Procurement, and International Banking (including IFSC); 5. €256 million; 6. 38; 7. €854.8 million; 8. Denis O'Brien; 9. Dave Lewis and Phillip Clarke; 10. Deficit of 2.7 per cent in Budget 2015; Required target of 2.9 per cent of GDP; 11. A – Shane Deasy (Bitbuzz) ; B – Dómhnal Slattery (Avolon); C – Anne O'Leary (Vodafone); D – Wim Verbraeken (KBC Bank Ireland); 12. Richard Pym; 13. Jersey; 14. Ivan Menezes, Diageo CEO; 15. Intro Aviation; 16. European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development; 17. Malaysia Airlines; 18. Kennedy Wilson; 19. Ervia; 20. John Fitzpatrick; 21. Single Supervisory Mechanism; 22. Glanbia; 23. Viber; 24. Sold their CarTrawler business to private equity; 25. Tim Cook; 26. €179.64 billion; 27. Created a single area to allow payments in euro to be made and received between 33 countries; 28. Elverys; 29. Superquinn; 30. Alibaba.