Congratulations to fifth year student, Caoimhe Gibbons, daughter of Martina and Paul Gibbons, who delivered a powerful and inspirational speech in the historical setting of Dublin Castle last Friday 8th March.
Caoimhe was one of fifteen students nationwide who was selected from a group of over 300 students to partake in the prestigious TED-Ed Club. This initiative was organised as part of the Houses of the Oireachtas programme commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First Dáil.
Caoimhe spent many hours preparing for her presentation entitled “The power of one vote. Your vote”. She attended 13 TED-Ed Club lessons both online and in Leinster House, formally known as explorations, under the guidance of her teachers and Parliamentary Education Officer Conor Reale.
On Friday last, 8th March, Caoimhe addressed an audience of over 300 people. Caoimhe raised a number of important points throughout her speech including how “the decisions we make today will impact all of our tomorrows.” Caoimhe encouraged all young people to utilise their vote and addressed how their vote can make a huge difference in their future lives. “There is no better time than now to harness young people’s passion and opinions through voting, which is the most effective way to create change.” Caoimhe’s presentation will be available for viewing on the TED-Ed Clubs channel on YouTube and on Oireachtas TV.
Teacher, Ms Erin Brennan and all in Our Lady’s are very proud of Caoimhe and as the Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD said “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.”