Edward Finnegan from St. Mary’s College recently took part in the final of Gael Linn’s prestigious ‘Abair’ Irish public speaking competition, which was this year held in Crumlin Gaol in Belfast. Edward qualified for the final having previously achieved first place in the regional bout in Dundalk. Speakers from across the nine counties of Ulster and Co. Louth compete in the annual cross-border competition.
Competitors on the day had to speak about a topical issue as Gaeilge for three minutes each. In the final Edward spoke about his chosen topic of ‘Éigeantach nó Roghnach?’, where 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 awarded a trophy, an amazon voucher and a half scholarship to the Gaeltacht to recognise his success. Seán Ó Ceallaigh, Gael Linn and Edel Ní Chorráin, Foras na Gaeilge awarded the prizes on the day. Comhghairdeas mór leis!