Presentation Thurles debaters claim Gael Linn All-Ireland debating title!

The Presentation Secondary School, Thurles debating team are definitely talk of the town having claimed the junior title at the All-Ireland Final of Comórtas an Phiarsaigh Gael Linn 2011!

In an exciting war of words in the Heritage Hotel, Porlaoise, on Thursday last, 31st March, they defeated teams from Athlone Community College, Co. Westmeath; Mercy Secondary School ( Mounthawk ), Tralee, Co. Kerry and St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Lucan, Co. Dublin.










Pictured above the junior debating team from Presentation Secondary School, Thurles, Co. Tipperary following their win at the All-Ireland Final of Comórtas Díospóireachta An Phiarsaigh Gael Linn (left to right) Eibhlín de Stainléigh (teacher), Máire Clár Ní Ainiféin, Muireann Ní Chonaill, Mairéad Áine Ní Ghaoithín and Edel Ní Mheachair (teacher).

Speaking on the topical motion ‘Tá déagóirí na tíre seo beag beann ar an gcúlú eacnamaíochta!’ (Irish teenagers are impervious to the recession ! ), the Presentation students one by one captivated the large audience with their arguments and were highly praised by the adjudicators.

Team members, Máire Clár Ní Ainiféin ( captain ), Muireann Ní Chonaill and Mairéad Áine Ní Ghaoithín, were guided to victory by teachers Edel Ní Mheachair and Eibhlín de Stainléigh, who are justifiably proud of their students ! Having come through four rounds of the competition against tough opposition since November last to gain a place in the final, the team was rewarded with a cheque for €1,000 and the Gael Linn Perpetual trophy for their efforts.











Pictured above celebrating their win with their supporters and proud teachers at the All-Ireland Finals of Comórtas Díospóireachta an Phiarsaigh Gael Linn are the junior debating team from Presentation Secondary School, Thurles, Co. Tipperary  areMáire Clár Ní Ainiféin, Muireann Ní Chonaill and Mairéad Áine Ní Ghaoithín. Also in the picture are School Principal, Marie Collins (back row, centre), Vice-Principal Máire B. Ní Lannagáin (front row, on right),Eibhlín de Stainléigh (seated, left) and Edel Ní Mheachair (seated, right).

As part of the prize also, they have been invited to take part in ‘Ri Chéile’, a festival run by Comunn na Gaidhlig, Scotland and Gael Linn with funding from the organisation, Colmcille. This festival brings together young debaters from both Ireland and Scotland for a few days fun when they will get the chance to explore the similarities between their respective languages. The event will take place in Clondalkin, Co. Dublin in the autumn.

Guest chairperson on the night, Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, steered the proceedings with great aclarity and praised all the young orators for their excellent command of current affairs.This popular competition, organised annually by Gael Linn, is for second level schools nationwide and over 150 teams took part this year.








Na seaimpíní sóisearacha, Meánscoil na Toirbhirte, Durlas, Co. Thiobraid Árann, tar éis a mbua ag Craobh na hÉireann de Chomórtas Díospóireachta an Phiarsaigh Gael Linn 2011: Ó chlé – Antoine Ó Coileáin, Príomhfheidhmeannach Gael Linn, Eibhlín de Stainléigh (múinteoir), Máire Clár Ní Ainiféin (captaen na foirne), Muireann Ní Chonaill, Mairéad Áine Ní Ghaoithín, Edel Ní Mheachair (múinteoir) agus An Seanadóir Brian Ó Domhnaill.

Congratulating the winners on their great achievement, Gael Linn CEO Antoine Ó Coileáin said: ‘The high level of participation and the high standard of debate bear testimony to an increased emphasis on developing students’ communicative skills.

Gael Linn has always believed that pupils should acquire good levels of competence in spoken Irish and we are pleased that this will be rewarded by increased marks for the oral Irish exam from next year.’ Presentation Secondary School, Thurles previously won the competition in 2007.