Debating

Winners, Colaiste Einde Salthill

Coláiste Éinde boasts a very active debating club, with weekly debates taking place by both senior and junior students over a broad range of topical issues.  Debating can be a wonderfully exciting and fulfilling pastime as well as creating many opportunities for students to develop communication and English language skills.

Debating is introduced and nurtured in the now infamous First Year Debates, where First Year students debate motions such as: the dropping of Irish at senior cycle, the imposition of military service for all eighteen year olds and other stimulating topics.  These in-house debates culminate in the Final, which is held in the Study Hall.

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We also take part in many debating competitions throughout the year such as:

  • Denny’s West of Ireland Schools’ Debating in association with NUIG Literary & Debating Society:  This year three of our students – Cian Siggins, Ronan O’Gorman (also Best Speaker in 2012 Final) and Macdara McGuire -   made it to the final of this competition held in NUI, Galway on 21st March 2013.
  • The Matheson Junior Debating National Mace:  This competition is a wonderful opportunity for Junior level students to gain valuable experience in some challenging debates! This year, two of our students, Ava Kavanagh and Cian Siggins (awarded Best Speaker at the Regional Final), qualified for the National Final of this competition, held in the Holy Child Secondary School, Killiney on 23rd March 2013.
  • National Legal Debating Competition:  Organised by Griffith College, Dublin.  Coláiste Éinde were proud winners of this competition in 2012.  The team performed very well on March 13th 2013 debating the motion: “That this house would work for free”.  Teams comprise of senior cycle students Emily Gleeson, Ronan O’Gorman, Macdara McGuire and Conall McGuire.
  • Alan Kerins ‘Talk It Up’ Debating Competition in association with NUIG’s Literary and Debating Society:  This competition aims to promote understanding of issues pertaining to the developing world.  Coláiste Éinde were winners of the inaugural competition in 2010, and came second in 2011.  They were both winners and runners-up in the Junior Competition in 2012.

 


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