Abbeyfeale Student To Present Her Research Findings In The Dáil

A student from Coláiste Íde agus Iósef will get to present her research project in the Dáil next month. Bridgín O’Donnell’s project on Michael Colivet won the top prize in the Munster region for the Oireachtas history competition. She explains how she got involved:
“During the start of the first term of TY, I entered a history competition which was organised by the Oireachtas to commemorate the centenary of the Treaty Debates. The Task I completed was to find a member involved in the Treaty from Co. Limerick as I live in Co. Limerick. I used sites such as and to find a list of the members of the Dáil from Co. Limerick and my information about this member, and I chose to do my project on Michael Patrick Colivet.
Born on the 29th of May 1884 at 11 Windmill St, Co. Limerick.
Michael Patrick Colivet was a member of the IRB, the Irish Republican Brotherhood, a secret revolutionary body whose main goal was to ‘establish and maintain a free and independent Republican Government in Ireland’ as well as the Irish Volunteers as of the year 1914.
During 1916 he was Commandant of the Limerick Command, but did not take part in the fight in the Easter Rising because of the counter command given by Eoin McNeill.
Colivet had an active part in the Treaty debates in 1921-1922, he was anti Treaty standing with Eamon De Valera during the Treaty Debates.
Colivet was elected for MP for Limerick City in 1918 and TD of Limerick City & East Limerick (1921-1923) As well as Alderman, elected by residents of a district, representing citizens at city and county levels, of Limerick corporation from 1921-1926.
After submitting my Project about Michael Colivet’s part in the Treaty Debates, I was surprised and delighted to find out that I had won the Munster region and that I will be presenting my research findings in the Dáil, next term.”