Caitlín Rooney 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 the Garvaghy Centre in Tyrone. The GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail was the special guest speaker on the day. Caitlín qualified for the final having previously qualified from the regional bout in Newry before Easter. 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 Caitlín spoke about her chosen topic of ‘Hillary’ vs ‘Trump’ where she discussed the upcoming American Presidential Election.
She was delighted to achieve second place in the Junior Certificate Section and received high commendation from the judges. She was awarded a trophy and a half scholarship to attend Coláiste Gael Linn Bhun an Inbhir Gaeltacht College in Donegal to recognise her success. Comhghairdeas mór léi!