Méabh McMahon-Flanagan has been debating since 2014, and is the Champion of the Queen’s University Belfast Intervarsity tournament, as well as a Finalist and Top Ten speaker of competitions throughout the UK and Ireland. Méabh also has extensive adjudication experience, judging and chairing out-rounds in tournaments in Europe and North America.
At LearningLeaders, Méabh serves as a Coach for the elite program, guiding coaches to support preparation and competition for tournaments and leagues. Prior to joining LearningLeaders in 2019, Méabh has coached debate and public speaking classes for the English Speaking Union, including their prestigious International Public Speaking Competition, which had competitors from over 50 countries. Méabh also taught debating courses for students in Ireland, the UK and USA, and recently concluded a two-month tour of the USA as part of one of the oldest and most highly-regarded international debating tours in the world, where she coached debating at 19 universities in over a dozen states.
Coach Méabh’s love for debate has also resulted in many socially-impactful endeavours. Méabh’s research is award-winning, and she has worked on UN-funded projects during her work as a Research Assistant. Méabh is also particularly enthusiastic about helping female students overcome the barriers they face to speech and debating, and was even a student contributor to the Irish Times for feminist issues.
Students Coach Méabh has worked with have won numerous international and regional events, including the China World Schools Debating Championships, the Asian World Schools Debating Championships, and the National High School Debate League of China Shanghai Regionals.