Debaters speak up in bid to talk for Ireland

Four Kilkenny College students will be in action in the mace-style Irish regional round of the International Competition for Young Debaters, in a bid to represent Ireland in Cambridge in May.

Four Kilkenny College students will be in action in the mace-style Irish regional round of the International Competition for Young Debaters, in a bid to represent Ireland in Cambridge in May.

The regional round will be held in University College Dublin on Saturday, April 6, hosted by the Literary and Historical Society.

Two pairings will be involved: Fiona O’ Connell and Alvin Stanley, ranked ninth and 12th respectively in the country; and Daire Pryal and Jack Kirwin, who have enjoyed success in the Leinster Schools’ Competition. On the day, each team will debate three times for which they will be allowed 15 minutes to prepare five-minute speeches during which points of information are given and taken.

Motions are likely to be similar to those featured in the students’ recent semi-finals of the Leinster Schools’ Competition. These included ‘This house would arm the rebels in Syria’, ‘This house would assassinate Kim Jong-Un’ and ‘This house would allow the Gardai to use entrapment’.