We just recently hosted the annual St. Conleth’s College Junior Mace Debating Competition which was another smashing success, with over 100 students taking part in a debating competition which is now a firm fixture of the Matheson Junior Mace National Competition. Moderator of Debates Mr. Carvill was assisted by Auditor of Debates, Daniel Gilligan, and Ms. Justice Caroline Costello chaired the Grand Final after four initial rounds, with 14 debates running simultaneously throughout the school. The young students all dextrously debated diverse topics, such the ethics of eating animals, to the payment of housewives and househusbands, and the topical issue of blasphemy in the media. So, does the St. Conleth’s Debating Machine take a break after such herculean efforts? That would be a rhetorical question: of course we don’t! Conleth’s Debating ‘old boys’ (and Irish team-mates) Matthew Collins and Christopher Costigan were back in over the weekend to run the second of our Junior Debating and Public Speaking Workshops this year! The workshop was open to students from Fifth and Sixth Class from any school, and focused on areas such as speaking confidence, critical thinking and introducing students to a broad range of topics in current affairs and beyond. And, of course, our two old pros were able to impart some very helpful hints regarding competitive debating to the stars of tomorrow’s inter-school rostra!