On Monday February 27th the Convent of Mercy was host to the Knights of St Columbanus Public Speaking Competition. Encouraged by the positive feedback to the Centenary Public Speaking Competition over the past two years in which young people were given the opportunity to give language to their faith, the Knights of St Columbanus have decided to continue with this opportunity once more engaging with those youth in their final years of second level education. The Knights, in recent years, have supported a number of youth initiatives including the establishment of the Pope John Paul II Awards, a youth initiative whereby the youth commit to give service to their church and community. Our school was represented by Sibéal O’Dwyer, Aisling Greene (Fifth year) and Rosie O’Mara (Transition year). Students participating in the competition chose from a range of topics covering Young Christians, Life and Family Issues, Living the Christian life and Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation. On the day the girls competed against Roscommon Community College and the topic discussed was, “We should have profound respect for one another”. After much research on this topic and supporting evidence from scripture and church teaching the girls made their impressive and compelling presentations and were awarded the winners on the day and qualified for the All-Ireland final which will be held in Maynooth College on March 11th . Well done girls and we wish you the best of luck in the final.
Pictured above are L-R: Aisling Greene, Sibéal O’Dwyer, Rosie O’Mara and Mr. Barry McMahon (Knight of St. Columbanus), after the recently held Public Speaking Competition which was held at our school. The girls beat Roscommon Community College to qualify for the all-Ireland Final which will be held on March 11th