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Coláiste Oiriall provided the winners in both categories in the Gael-Linn Irish language ‘Abair’ Public Speaking competition last Thursday. Lusaí Ní Shiacais and Caoimhín Ó Ceallaigh were joint winners in the junior section talking about negative impact of social media and the future of the Irish language respectively

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 while Oisin Ó Conraoí was the outright winner in the senior section talking about the power of music. Other schools taking part included St. Micheal’s College, Enniskillen and St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Donaghmore and subjects as diverse as social media, iphones, Pope Francis, reducing the age of voting and Margaret Thatcher were among the diverse topics discussed by the young public speakers.

Presentation, delivery and content were considered by the adjudicators and some speakers used comedy while others were more serious in their speeches. The adjudicators were Seán Ó Maoilsté, Donall Mac Giolla Chóil and Poilín Ní Dhonnghaile representing Gael-Linn while the compere was Seán Ó Murchú. Other Coláiste Oiriall competitors were Bronagh Ní Ruanaí, Lily Cheung, Brianán Ní Bhuachalla, Chloe Nic Giolla Mhichil and Katie Ní Chléire. The event was hosted by Coláiste Oiriall and was co-ordinated by Múinteoir Olivia Ní Chanain who also tutored the junior students in their speeches. Múinteoir Roisin Uí Fhearchair and Múinteoir Deirdre Ní Chionnaith helped the senior students with their presentations.

Bhí caighdeán an-ard caint phoiblí ann agus labhair na daltaí go cumasach ar réimse leathan ábhar agus b’iad na meáin sóisialta an t-ábhar ba choitianta a roghnaigh na hiomaitheoirí.  Déanann muid comhghairdeas leis na daltaí uilig agus ba mhaith leo a mbuíochas a chur in iúl don Mhúinteoir Olivia as an ocáid a reáchtáil. Tá achan seans go mbeidh Craobh Uladh den chomórtas ar siúl anseo fosta i dtraidhfil seachtainí eile.