Ready, set, spell! Yes, it’s that time of year again, so here in Today FM we're absolutely buzzing for the Eason Spelling Bee, 2018. 

Alison Curtis is our busy bee for the competition again this year and she will be reporting back and hosting each of the provincial finals, as well as the All Ireland final from the capital, in June. 

Over the years, the competition has helped school children gain a greater appreciation of words in a fun and educational way. This year saw entries from over 900 schools around the nation - so the competition has never been tougher. Now in its 8th year, the Eason Spelling Bee is a super incentive for school children to get into reading… and there are some super prizes on offer.

The All-Ireland winning school will receive a collection of books for their library to the value of €7,500 and the winner themselves will be awarded a goodie package full of books worth €500 and the prestigious title of the 2018 Eason Spelling Bee champion.

Leinster

Tuesday 22nd May saw the Leinster provincial final take place in Eason’s flagship store on O’Connell Street. Alison was on hand as host and to watch as some of Leinster’s smartest kids fought it out to be crowned champion.

There can only be one winner in an Eason Spelling Bee final though, and that Leinster title went to Charlotte Stevens from Primrose Hill National School in Co. Kildare. Here she is with Alison accepting her award:

Alison then challenged Charlotte to a spelling be-off against Charlotte's Dad, where there could only be one winner!

Our next provincial winner was Rory O'Connell from Annaduff National School in Leitrim.

He was also challenged to a spelling-bee off against his dad.

Then came the Munster provincial final in Cork - where Hannah Moroney swept to victory!

The All-Ireland final took place on June 14, with our provincial finalists battling it out to be crowned Ireland's Champion Spelling Bee.

A huge congratulations to Charlotte Stevens (Primrose Hill National School, Kildare) who scooped the top prize on the day!

You can also keep abuzz with all the 2018 Spelling Bee news as it happens, on  www.easons.com/spellingbee and @easons #EasonSpellingBee