Kilkenny College students, Alvin Stanley and Fiona O’ Connell will represent Ireland at junior debating in the prestigious International Competition for Young Debaters to be held in Cambridge in May.
Two Kilkenny College pairings competed in the regional round hosted by the Literary and Historical Society in UCD on Saturday, April 6 and were accompanied by their coach Debbie Neill. They were required to debate three times mace-style, which allows only fifteen minutes to prepare the motion on which they had to speak for four minutes and give and take points of information throughout proceedings.
Motions on the day included ‘This house would return cultural treasures to their country of origin’, ‘This house would hold a referendum before a country commits troops to war’ and the rather verbose ‘This house believes that all schools should have a ‘zero tolerance’ on bullying, such that infringement leads to automatic expulsion to all bullies involved’.
Out of a field of almost 30 teams, Kilkenny College emerged along with Belvedere College and Loreto on the Green, both of whom boast a strong tradition in debating. Daire Pryal and Jack Kirwin also finished well up the tab and, once again, did their school proud.
The Kilkenny College junior debaters entered in the Loreto on the Green mace competition on Saturday, April 13, which brought closure to the domestic scene.