23 February 2024

The End of the Debate

19 June 2023

We were a bit hasty when we declared ‘the end of the debate’ a few days back… we have one more ‘point of information’ regarding our No. 1 extracurricular activity! For Second Years Peter Murphy and Ciarán Doyle have returned from Cambridge University, after having finished so high in a National Irish Mace debate that they qualified for the ICYD (International Competition for Young Debaters) Finals, a very prestigious international ‘Mace’ debating competition held at one of end of the ‘Oxbridge’ or the other each year. They were chaperoned by our Lord of Debate Rory O’Sullivan, whose casual intellectualism (and tweedy sense of dress) seemed right at home amongst the ‘dreaming spires’… or is that the other place? Peter and Ciarán performed very well, winning one debate over competitors from around the world and finishing very respectfully, overall. We also see below two of our other fine debaters, Second Years Shane Carroll and Patrick Kennedy, who dazzled the house at a recent inter-school Mace. When it comes to debating talent, our cup is, indeed, overflowing!

We were a bit hasty when we declared ‘the end of the debate’ a few days back… we have one more ‘point of information’ regarding our No. 1 extracurricular activity! For Second Years Peter Murphy and Ciarán Doyle have returned from Cambridge University, after having finished so high in a National Irish Mace debate that they qualified for the ICYD (International Competition for Young Debaters) Finals, a very prestigious international ‘Mace’ debating competition held at one of end of the ‘Oxbridge’ or the other each year. They were chaperoned by our Lord of Debate Rory O’Sullivan, whose casual intellectualism (and tweedy sense of dress) seemed right at home amongst the ‘dreaming spires’… or is that the other place? Peter and Ciarán performed very well, winning one debate over competitors from around the world and finishing very respectfully, overall. We also see below two of our other fine debaters, Second Years Shane Carroll and Patrick Kennedy, who dazzled the house at a recent inter-school Mace. When it comes to debating talent, our cup is, indeed, overflowing!

by Charles Latvis

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