Junior School AIJS Debate A Success On All Points

For years, St. Conelth’s Senior School has been simply da bomb in debating, dominating the Leinster and All-Ireland Championships and making the Irish Debating Team our personal fiefdom.  Well, judging by the talent in our Junior School, this dominance will surely continue. Current Auditor of Debates, and Irish Team Captain Daniel Gilligan, was very impressed by the in-house talents on show at the recent St. Conleth’s-hosted inaugural AIJS Debate.  Dr. Fallon organised and ran an impressive show, with very enthusiastic and competitive teams from four other schools involved.  The motions proposed were the familiar one about school uniforms and a rather timely one about Ireland leaving the EU. Past Pupils, and currents senior debating coaches,  Matthew Collins and Christopher Costigan served as adjudicators, along with two neutrals, so there were no home town decisions and sure enough, the overall team winners were Alexandra College.  There was, however, no shortage of home-grown talent with our own James and Trevor winning individual speaker awards and Morton recognised for serving up the best rebuttal.  We look forward to an even bigger and better debate next year!