Kilkenny students involved in Dail anniversary event

They delivered ‘TED-Ed Club’ presentations at the Mansion House

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Students, including Kilkenny College’s Richard Crotty and Fufu Emeordi, involved in the presentations

Two Kilkenny College students were among 15 students selected in a nationwide competition to deliver ‘TED-Ed Club’ presentations at the Mansion House as part of Oireachtas commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the First Dáil.

Richard Crotty and Fufu Emeordi spoke on their respective topics of ‘mental health challenges for today’s youth’ and ‘belonging’. The students, all aged 16 to 17, spent many hours preparing their presentations as part of 13 TED-Ed Club lessons, under the guidance of their teachers and Parliamentary Education Officer Conor Reale.

The presentations will be available for viewing on the TED-Ed Clubs channel on YouTube and on Oireachtas TV. Topics include the power of democracy, the impact of social media and mobile phones, challenges in mental health services, sexual identity, and the relevance of education in the real world.

“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.