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Winning words from TCD team at Gael Linn 3rd level debating final !

Winning words from TCD team at Gael Linn 3rd level debating final !
Winning words from the Trinity College, Dublin, team, garnered them the All-Ireland title at the recent final of Comórtas Díospóireachta Gael Linn 2017, the annual Irish language debating competition for third level students.
The event was held on Saturday, 4 November last, during Oireachtas na Gaeilge 2017, in Killarney.  The TCD orators, James Kirwan and Colm Ó Néill, overcame stiff opposition from NUI, Galway, University College, Cork and University College, Dublin, to emerge victorious.

A large audience were in attendance to hear the teams speak on the topical motion, ‘Is miotas é stádas amaitéarach Chuman Lúthchleas Gael!’ ( The amateur status of the GAA is but a myth!) in a lively encounter !  Each speaker had seven minutes in which to put forward their thoughts on the subject.  They were also encouraged to interject and raise points with opposing team members, which made for a passionate, and sometimes heated, debate !

Déaglán Ó Cuill ( Declan Quill ), former Kerry footballer and CPA representative for County Kerry, was the guest chairperson for the event.   He praised the participants for their powerful delivery and skillful use of humour, and expressed great interest in their opinions, before contributing his own thoughts on the subject.

The adjudicators, Cathal Póirtéir, James Kelly and Bríd de Búrca, were faced with a difficult decision, but the measured performances of the Trinity College team throughout the debate had impressed them, and they were deemed winners.  James Kirwan and Colm Ó Néill were presented with the Gael Linn/The Irish Times Cup, along with a silver medal and a prize of €100 each by Déaglán Ó Cuill.  Second place went to Clíona Ní Ghallchóir and Darragh Mac Giolla Phádraig from NUI, Galway, who each received a bronze medal and a prize of €50.

Now in it’s seventh year, this competition is going from strength to strength !  It is organized annualy in conjunction with Alswyn Ní Aonghus Ní Dhúill, Student Co-Ordinator, Conradh na Gaeilge, with funding from Foras na Gaeilge.  Teams from third-level colleges throughout the country participate in preliminary rounds, with four teams progressing to the national final.

Congratulating the prizewinners, Antoine Ó Coileáin, CEO, Gael Linn said: ‘Gael Linn is delighted that the debates are proving increasingly popular with third level students, a positive sign that students are making the language their own.  Gael Linn is heartened by the many students who go on to debate at third level, having taken part in Gael Linn competitions while at school’.


Foireann díospóireachta Choláiste na Tríonóide, James Kirwan agus Colm Ó Néill ( i lár báire )  Sa phictiúr chomh maith tá ( ó chlé ):
Déagán Ó Cuill, Aoichainteoir, Alswyn Ní Aonghusa Ní Dhúill, Comhordaitheoir na Mac Léinn, Conradh na Gaeilge, Edel Ní Chorráin, Leas-Phríomhfheidhmeannach Fhoras na Gaeilge agus Antoine Ó Coileáin, Príomhfheidhmeannach Gael Linn.

Foireann Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh, Clíona Ní Ghallchóir agus Darragh Mac Giolla Phádraig ( i lár báire ) a tháinig sa dara háit, in éineacht le (ó chlé ), Alswyn Ní Aonghusa Ní Dhúill, Comhordaitheoir na Mac Léinn, Conradh na Gaeilge, Déaglán Ó Cuill, Aoichainteoir agus Seán Ó Ceallaigh, Gael Linn.


Déaglán Ó Cuill, aoichainteoir na hócáide, ag bronnadh a mboinn ar James Kirwan agus Colm Ó Néill


 Foireann bhuacach Choláiste na Tríonóide ag ceiliúradh a mbua lena lucht tacaíochta ón gCumann Gaelach

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