When it comes to the hot topic of renewable energy, Clongowes showed it knew its stuff when it scooped the annual Liam O’Connell Schools Debate title.
However, Ardscoil Rath Iomghain student, Chloe Aitken stole some of the limelight with an exceptional individual performance, earning her a special commendation award.
The debate was held at Kildare County Council headquarters at Aras Cill Dara, Naas on December 11. Students from eight competing schools took the place of councillors to debate the motion - “The future health and wealth of Europe is dependent on the successful development of renewable energy.”
Chloe, who has a passion for eco friendly technologies, was speaking in favour of the motion.
“I loved it. I loved debating. To be honest, I was amazed I won the award,” she said.
The debate was sponsored by Bord Na Mona and the winning team consisted of Matthew Dundon, Conor Breslin and Matthew Gibbons. Dr. Mary Murphy (former Labour councillor) from NUI, chaired the debate, which was adjudicated by former FG councillor, Fionnuala Dukes; former county council secretary, Charlie Talbot and FF councillor, Suzanne Doyle.
Cllr Doyle explained the purpose of the debate was to raise awareness of the importance of informed political participation at every level. She also emphasised how the cross party collaboration on the project.