Two Limerick teenagers to have the honour of speaking in Mansion House

Donal O’Regan


Donal O’Regan

Céití Ní Mhathúna and Megan Ni Laighin have been chosen out of 350 applicants to attend the event

Céití Ní Mhathúna and Megan Ni Laighin have been chosen out of 350 applicants to attend the event

TWO young Limerick students will have the honour of speaking about a topic they feel strongly about in the Mansion House next week.

Megan Ní Laighin, who is in transition year in Gaelcholaiste Luimnigh, and Céití Ní Mhathúna, a fifth year student in Laurel Hill Colaiste, have been chosen out of 350 applicants. They will join 13 other teenagers at the event in Dublin next Tuesday.

Megan will talk about the dangers of alcohol in society, while Céití will discuss the lack of pride in the Irish language. They will both deliver their presentations through Irish.

The event has been organised by Hospital man and parliamentary education officer, Conor Reale. He set up the Oireachtas Education TED ED Club. 

"TED ED clubs are a branch of the main TED organisation where secondary school students can create, craft and deliver a speech in the TED style around a topic that they feel strongly about. 

"They go through a series of lessons called ‘explorations’ from TED. I delivered those through a mixture of onsite sessions in Leinster House and online as well. I set it up as part of our Dáil 100 celebrations to give young people the chance to speak in the building where the first Dáil met," said Conor.

He put out a call for members of the TED ED Club  in Leinster House in August and got over 350 applicants. Conor had the very difficult task of choosing the final 15.

In stage one, they wrote a short essay and then in stage two, 30 students were asked to submit a two minute video of them talking to camera. Megan and Céití were then picked in the final 15.

Their presentations will be recorded and uploaded to the TED ED Clubs YouTube channel. Conor has even secured the Liam MacCarthy Cup for the occasion.