Edward talks his way to first prize in Gael Linn debating contest
Edward Finnegan from St. Mary's College recently took part in the final of Gael Linn's prestigious 'Abair' Irish public speaking competition, which this year was held in Crumlin Gaol in Belfast. Edward qualified for the final having previously achieved first place in the regional round in Dundalk. Speakers from across the nine counties of Ulster and Co. Louth compete in this annual cross-border competition.
The finalists had to speak about a topical issue as Gaeilge for three minutes each.
Edward spoke about his chosen topic of 'Éigeantach nó Roghnach?' He compared language learning in different jurisdictions and discussed the value and importance of all students in Ireland having the opportunity to study Irish.
He was delighted to win the junior section of the competition achieving first place overall and high commendation from the judges.
He was presented with a trophy, an Amazon voucher and a half scholarship to the Gaeltacht to recognise his success by Seán Ó Ceallaigh, Gael Linn and Edel Ní Chorráin, Foras na Gaeilge.