Yes, the motion has been carried: St. Conleth’s is the pre-eminent school in the country for student debating. We have seen repeatedly how the Senior School debaters dominate their field, and now the Juniors are starting to do the same. Fifth Year Oisín Dowling, one of our Senior School champion debaters, provides this report on the recent Association of Irish Junior Schools Debate which is always hosted by St. Conleth’s.
On Wednesday, the 10th of May, St. Conleth’s became a proud host for junior debaters, ranging from 10-12 years of age, whom will surely become the leaders of tomorrow. Several primary schools assembled for their various prepared debates on a variety of motions ranging from the serious such as renegotiating voting rights and decisions to arm our police to the outright hypothetical decisions to attend Hogwart’s School for Witchcraft and Wizardry if given the choice and determining once and for all if debates are indeed a waste of time.
The debaters were all judged by veterans of the industry: Conlethians and college students et al were full of congratulations by the end for the talent possessed by the future politicians and barristers. It was unanimously agreed that all competitors have strong debating careers ahead of them. The school wishes also to extend their congratulations to the Alexandra college team that won overall and of course our thanks to Dr. Fallon for organising the tournament and the various staff who ensured all were kept happy during their visit.