Well done to Julie O'Brien, Elizabeth Bolger, Sarah Duffy and Grace Given who competed excellently in the Oxford Schools debating competition on Saturday the 3rd of May. The best junior debaters from around the world were competing so the standard was exceptionally high. The girls debated topics such as corporal punishment, responsibility for global warming and boycotting artists who live unethical private lives. They argued excellently throughout the day and finished in 8th and 13th place respectively. This was a fantastic result. Well done girls.
On the same day the annual Loreto College Junior Mace Debating Competition took place. 40 teams took part and the standard was very impressive. The day was excellently organised by the 5th year debaters led by Aoife Gunning and Katie Havel under the careful supervision of our debating chairperson Dearbhla Murphy. We were delighted that so many senior cycle students volunteered to come in and judge including a number of past pupils. Four very talented teams made the final with the team of Grace Pender and Orlaith Barry from Loreto Beaufort emerging victorious along with Killian Farrelly from Clonkeen College who won the individual speaker award. Well done to all involved. We would like to say big thank you to Aoife, Katie and Dearbhla who have done a great job in organising debating this year in Loreto College.
The debating year ended on a very successful note with the final of the Aoife Begley Memorial Debating Competition in NUI Maynooth. Hannah Lynch and Alex Kilmartin were opposing the motion that this house would support humanitarian intervention in Crimea. They both spoke excellently as they developed a number of well thought out arguments against the motion. As per usual the standard in the final was very high but the girls did enough to earn the victory. It was a great way to finish off the year for Debating in Loreto College.