Debating October 2016

DGS Senior Debaters through to Next Stages of Leinster Schools’ Competition

This House Would support the formation of a sovereign EU state, and won through to Round 2 outright with stellar performances which saw them outstripping strong competition. It’s a great achievement for the girls whose next outing in the competition will likely take place early in the new year.

The night saw disappointment too with Charlotte Bennet and Ayiesha Marron-Boyle failing to progress on this occasion, despite strong performances and acquitting themselves with excellence.

The six speakers were accompanied by Mr Farrar and a merry band of supporters, and were delighted to meet past-pupil Aoibh Carroll who has just begun her Spanish and Italian course in Trinity, and who called in to the GMB for a catch-up.

DGS Junior Debating

Dundalk Grammar School’s Debating Club has begun the year with promise, with a committed and growing number of students turning out at our weekly meetups on Thursdays in H29.

Our junior debaters had their first competitive outing at the Colaiste na hInse / St Oliver’s Mace Competition which was held in Bettystown on Saturday, September 17th.

Seven students from ‘The Grammar’ attended – Siofra O’Reilly, George Green, Kate O’Brien, Vishva Nagappan, Sarah Logan, Ayesha Murphy-Jallali and Ryan Carroll all made the trip for the whole-day event and performed with much aplomb. Kate O’Brien and Vishva Nagappan placed highest from our speakers on the team tab, and Kate O’Brien came out on top of the DGS troupe as an individual.

The other DGS speakers weren’t far behind and all now look forward to the next round of the competition which takes place in Loretto, St Stephen’s Green on October 15th.

Saturday competitions involve a big time commitment and, of course, not all are free to attend. We have many other invaluable club members who also perform in-house each week, and are honing their skills throughout the year.

Well done to all concerned.

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