We have said it before and we will say it again: Conlethians compete and win on many fields of endeavour but it is at the rostrum where we are simply and undeniably the best. Mr. Carvill’s debating machine rolls on like a Panzer tank over debating competitions near and far and, with the important assistance of past pupil coaches such as Conor White and Christopher Costigan, St. Conleth’s Debating looks set for another record-breaking year. Joe ‘I Suppose’ Downey and Frank ‘It All’ Knowles have just won outright the Irish round of the legendary Cambridge Union Schools Debating Championship and will head across the Irish Sea to face the best debaters from around the ‘British Isles’, following in the footsteps of Conlethian debating legends such as Liam Trophy and Philip McDonald. The boys beat the best debating schools in Ireland for the honour, including Castleknock CC, Loreto on the Green and Colaiste Iosegain, as well as other schools such as Belvedere. The motions such as ‘That this house would make Irish optional at all educational levels” and “That this house would give all politicians the median wage” were not easy but Frank and Joe wowed them all and now will represent Ireland at the ‘oldest debating union in the world’. Also representing Ireland was Daniel Gilligan, Class of 2016, who led the Irish Schools Team (the sixth Conlethian to do so!) into the World Championships this summer. Like Joxer from Inchicore, Daniel from Blackrock packed a rucksack, climbed into a van and began the long journey to Stuttgart. And like Ray Houghton, Daniel put a few good points (of information) ‘in the net’. Daniel and the Irish team steamed through the opening rounds and then defeated the Netherlands and the UAE en route to the ‘onto-finals’ where they narrowly lost to Australia. Daniel has now moved on to Trinity College where the Hist and the Phil will be competing for his talents! Best of luck to him and Frank and Joe. The St. Conleth’s Debating cavalcade of glory rolls on!