Emma celebrates 100 years of Dail Eireann

A Second Year student from St Vincents School was one of 15 young people across Ireland who delivered presentations at the Mansion House, Dublin, as part of the Houses of the Oireachtas programme commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First Dáil.
Emma Connolly was selected as a result of a nationwide competition and the topic of her presentation was, ‘The Mental, physical and emotional health benefits of music’ which was delivered on Tuesday January 22.
The students, all aged 16 to 17, have spent many hours preparing their presentations as part of 13 TED-Ed Club lessons, formally known as explorations, under the guidance of their teachers and Parliamentary Education Officer Conor Reale.
The presentations took place in the Round Room of the Mansion House, the venue for the first public sitting of Dáil Éireann on 21 January 1919.
Following the event, the students’ presentations will be available for viewing on the TED-Ed Clubs channel on YouTube and on Oireachtas TV.
Their chosen topics include the power of democracy, the impact of social media and mobile phones, challenges in mental health services, coping with stress, sexual identity, and the relevance of education in the real world. Two speakers made their presentations in Irish.
“The calibre of the students’ presentations is simply outstanding and will be inspiring to all those who hear them. These are brave, empathetic, intelligent and insightful young people with powerful messages,” said Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD.
“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 concluded.

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