Limerick students will help commemorate first Dáil

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Céití Ní Mhathúna, Laurel Hill Coláiste, and Megan Ní Laighin, Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh
Céití Ní Mhathúna, Laurel Hill Coláiste, and Megan Ní Laighin, Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh

TWO LIMERICK secondary school students have been selected to play a significant part in marking the forming of the first Dáil.

Megan Ní Laighin of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh and  Céiti Ní Mhathúna of Laurel Hill Coláíste will join 13 other students who were selected in a nationwide competition to deliver TED-Ed Club presentations at the Mansion House on Tuesday, January 22.

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The event is part of the Houses of the Oireachtas programme commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First Dáil.

Megan’s topic will be ‘Why alcohol is so dangerous in our society’ while Céiti will ask ‘Where is the pride in Irish gone?’

The students have spent many hours preparing their presentations, known as explorations, under the guidance of their teachers and Parliamentary Education Officer Conor Reale.

The presentations begin at 1pm in the Round Room of the Mansion House, the venue for the first public sitting of Dáil Éireann on January 21, 1919.

Their presentations will be available for viewing on the TED-Ed Clubs channel on YouTube and on Oireachtas TV.

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl said the calibre of the students’ presentations was simply outstanding and will be inspiring to all those who hear them.

“These are brave, empathetic, intelligent and insightful young people with powerful messages. There can be no better way to commemorate the first hundred years of Dáil Éireann than to highlight voices of future leadership in our country as these students surely represent,” he added.