Presentation Castleisland’s Emily Wins Treaty Debate Nationwide Competition

Anglo-Irish Treaty nation-wide competition winner, Emily Walsh pictured with her teacher Monica Murphy at Presentation Castleisland.

Presentation Castleisland Student, Emily Walsh has recently been announced the winner of an award of historical significance.

Emily earned the award as she was deemed to have made the best use of the Oireachtas website to research the debates and individual members of the Anglo-Irish Treaty from 1921-1922.

The competition was open to all secondary school students nationwide as part of a programme to mark the 100th anniversary of the debates and vote on the Treaty.

Emily’s Power-point Presentation

The House of the Oireachtas received 65 entries for the competition and Emily was commended for her power-point presentation on local Kerry TD Austin Stack.

The judges were particularly impressed by her use of quick response or QR codes so that they could quickly and easily access the relevant documents.

Emily explained that students were encouraged to research a local connection to the members of Dáil Éireann who were involved in the debates during the period 14th December, 1921 to 7th January, 1922.

Austin Stack Born in Ballymullen

“I chose Austin Stack who was born in Ballymullen, Tralee on December 7th 1879 and educated in the Christian Brothers’ School, Tralee,” said Emily.

“Not only did he captain the Kerry team football team to All-Ireland victory in 1904, he also served as president of the Kerry G.A.A. County Board.

“He was also part of the first Irish delegation to London, led by Eamon De Valera and later fervently opposed the Treaty. He also fought in the Irish Civil War.

Captured in 1923

“I also discovered that he was captured in 1923 and went on hunger strike for 41 days before being released in July, 1924.

“He went on to be elected in the third Dáil at the 1922 General Election and subsequent elections as an Anti-Treaty Sinn Féin TD for the Kerry Constituency.”

Emily can now look forward to presenting her research in Leinster House later in the year – subject to public health guidance.

“I’m delighted with this opportunity to visit Leinster House and am really looking forward to the experience,” said a delighted Emily.

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