Post Primary

Comórtas Oráide an Phiarsaigh


Comórtas Óráide an Phiarsaigh 2021.

Information for the 2021 contest will be released in August 2021, and will be in line with government guidelines. 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was not possible for debating teams to congregate for competitions for the 2020/21 school year. In order to find a realistic solution, Gael Linn ran Comórtas an Phiarsaigh as an online Public Speaking Competition for this year only (2020/2021). This was an individual competition and entries were accepted by submitting a three or four minute video on a certain topic.

Congratulations to this year's winners Eve Ní Dhonncha, Meánscoil Loreto, Loch Gorman (Juniors) & Ava Ní Shúilleabháin, Scoil Áine Naofa (Seniors). Maith sibh!  

The Aim of the Competition
The main aim of the competition is to give young people the experience in speaking Irish. This competition is for individual speakers and entries will be submitted in video format. Gael Linn will provide a list of 5 topics and the speaker will discuss his/her chosen topic from that list. We suggest teachers entering teams could avail of the opportunity to involve the whole class. This could be done in various ways:

  • putting the whole class to work researching the motion for debate and having a class discussion
  • making the motion the subject of a class essay and having a class discussion on the various points raised in the essays
  • encouraging the class to record their own speech

General Rules 2020
1. The competition is open to post primary schools excluding gaelcholáistí and gaeltacht schools. (For schools with an Irish stream, if students who are not in the Irish stream are selected to speak, those students can take part in the competition).

2. The competition is divided into a junior section and a senior section.

3. The junior section is open to Junior Certificate Students.

4. The senior section is open to Leaving Certificate and Transition Year students.

5. A school may enter no more than three junior and/or three senior speakers.

6. An entry fee of €5.00 is payable for each participant. Each participant must register online at the top of this page, no later than the 6 November 2020. Payment is made at time of registration where possible, but invoices can be issued where required.

7. The adjudicators decision is final at each stage of the competition.

Qualifying rounds

·      This is a competition for individual speakers, and all entries for the first round will be sent to us as a video of the speaker discussing a topic he/she has chosen from a list of 5 topics provided by Gael Linn. Junior and Senior students will be given different topics.

·      The speakers will be divided into groups of eight (Junior and Senior). These videos will be sent out to an adjudicator and this adjudicator will pick a certain number from the eight to advance to the next round (The number that goes forward depends on the number of entries we have).

·      This will continue until eight are selected in each region (Junior and Senior) to compete in 4 regional finals. These regional finals will be live streamed on Gael Linn’s Facebook page and two speakers from each region will be selected to compete in the All-Ireland Final (Junior and Senior).

·      The All-Ireland Final will be live streamed on Gael Linn’s Facebook page.


Speakers will have a maximum of 3 minutes at junior level and 4 minutes at senior level.

Marking System
The adjudicators’ decision at each round of Comórtas an Phiarsaigh 2021 will be final and it is Gael Linn’s policy not to show the marks given by the adjudicators to anyone. A total of 100 marks are allotted to each speaker and divided as follows;


Content                                   50


Presentation                            25


Fluency in Irish                       25


TOTAL                                  100




All participants will be awarded a certificate recognising the level to which they have progressed in the competition

Prizes will be awarded to each speaker taking part in the Regional Finals.
There will be a substantial prize fund for those taking part in the All-Ireland Finals



All-Ireland Final

The All-Ireland Final of Comórtas Óráide an Phiarsaigh 2021 will be held on line after the midterm break in February 2021.


Gael Linn reserves the right to use any photographic or video material recorded at Gael Linn events in future publicity, having received prior permission to take photographs from schools.

Gael-Linn's Public Liability Insurance Policy covers all of our events. At these events, however, Gael Linn is a facilitator rather than a supervisor and students must at all times be under the supervision of a teacher or adult nominated by their school or organisation.

Ceithleann Ní Dhuibhir Ní Dhúlacháin, Gael Linn, 35 Sráid an Dáma, Baile Átha Cliath 2.
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