It has been another busy few weeks for the students involved in Debating in Loreto College.
Roslyn Colgan represented the school in the Phil Speaks Pro-Am in Trinity College. This is a unique debating competition as each second level speaker is paired with a third level student to compete in a Mace competition. Roslyn spoke excellently throughout the day in Trinity and we are delighted to announce that, along with her partner Owen Murphy, she won the competition. This is the first year Loreto College has won this competition. Well done Roslyn.
The Irish round of the International Competition for Young Debaters (ICYD) was held recently in UCD. At stake was a chance to compete against some of the best young debaters in the world at finals day in Oxford. We entered 4 teams (Sarah Duffy and Grace Given, Julie O'Brien and Elizabeth Bolger, Kate Conway and Lucy Alvarez-O'Neill, Lia Bennett and Amber Jones-Brangan) and all four teams spoke well. The standard was very high and we are pleased to announce that two of our teams were among the teams selected to compete in Oxford. Sarah and Grace then went on to win the final and will travel to Oxford as Irish regional champions. We would like to say good luck to Sarah, Grace, Julie and Elizabeth as they compete in ICYD finals day on the 3rd of May.
Last Saturday (22/3) the Leinster Junior Mace Finals day was held in Colaiste na Hinse. Only the top 80 speakers (out of over 300) from Leinster were invited and we were delighted to see that 8 of our students had made the cut. All our students (Sarah Duffy, Grace Given, Julie O'Brien, Elizabeth Bolger, Kate Conway, Amber Jones-Brangan, Lucy Alvarez O'Neill and Lia Bennett) spoke excellently and all the judges commented how high the standard was. The top 40 speakers will compete in the Irish final in UCD so we would like to congratulate and wish good luck to Sarah, Grace, Julie, Elizabeth, Kate and Amber who will all be competing. The top 8 speakers on the day took part in the Leinster Grand Final with both Sarah Duffy and Grace Given breaking into this final (with Julie O'Brien just missing out on a tiebreak in 9th place). The final was very competitive with Sarah Duffy emerging victorious having delivered an exceptional speech.
The quarter finals of the Aoife Begley Debating competition were held recently in NUI Maynooth with all 5 Loreto teams still in contention for a place in the Semi-Finals. Doireann O'Brien and Helen Carroll were very unlucky not to progress from their debate but we had success in the other debates as the teams of Katie Havel and Aoife Gunning, Roslyn Colgan and Dearbhla Murphy, Catherine Martin and Katie Bolger, and Alex Kilmartin and Hannah Lynch all made it through to the Semi-Finals. We wish the girls the best of luck in the upcoming debates.