Coláiste Debating Teams Make Impressive Start to the Year

After a really successful debating year the Colaiste na hInse Debating Society have hit the ground running.
Colaiste na hInse and St.Oliver’s joined forces on Saturday the 17th of September at the Colaiste to host the first round of the Matheson Junior Debating National Mace. 
 
Over a hundred young speakers arrived bright and early, many for their first ever debating competition. Following a workshop provided by the Colaiste it was straight into four debates with some pizza for lunch!
 
The speakers eloquently spoke on topics from “Making Irish Optional” to “Banning Children from Attending Religious Services”. Loreto College St. Stephen’s Green and Belvedere College came out on top and battled in the Grand Final on whether prisoners should be allowed to choose death over life in prison. Belvedere on the opposition were victorious.

The second round of the Matheson Junior Debating National Mace took place in Loreto St. Stephens Green on Saturday 16th of October. Sixty Teams competed for just four places in the Final. After a long day of debating topics from allowing the Gardai to go on strike to believing US political parties should require a moral and ethical background check on presidential candidates, the Colaiste na hInse team of Eve White and Harry Wilders were announced as Finalists. Harry and Eve did an incredible job proposing the motion that "This House would prefer to live in a world where God did not exist". Unfortunately they were beaten by the team from CBC Monkstown. There was more success on the day when Mark Hanley was announced as the Best 1st Year Speaker.
 
There are two more maces before the Leinster Finalists are announced and we are confident the Coláiste will be well represented at the Leinster Finals Day.The junior students are working hard on their prepared debates with motions from supporting the arts to banning size zero models! They will continue to travel to UCD for the preliminary rounds. We hope all junior teams will progress to the knock out stages of Junior Schools.
 
After being put through their paces organising the Junior Mace the Senior students were able to focus on Leinster Senior Schools. We are delighted to announce that all Senior speakers are through the first round. Calem Martin will be hoping to defend his title from last year with Eolain Downey, Aoife Walker and Eoghan Boland will be aiming towards their second final with Ciara Robinson Fry, Ciara Lynch, Medb Brereton Hurley and Saoirse O'Donnell giving them a run for their money.
 
The Seniors have also been hard at work helping prep the Junior speakers with weekly meetings and developing their own skills at the weekly think tank.​