Newbridge students’ victory in national debating final

Chloe O'Reilly, Jeffery Hovenden Keane, Ciara Maher and Graine Carr
four Newbridge College students debated their way to a victory scooping the national final of the Concern Worldwide Debate Competition recently.

four Newbridge College students debated their way to a victory scooping the national final of the Concern Worldwide Debate Competition recently.

The competition was held on Thursday, May 16 last in the City North Hotel was won by fifth and sixth year students Grainne Carr, Chole O’Reilly, Ciara Maher and Jeffrey Hovenden Keane. Celebrating its 29th year, the Debates series saw over 750 students from 120 schools around the country vie for a coveted place in the finals.

The motion debated on the evening was “The international community must now take military action to topple the regime in Syria”, which was proposed by students from Ardscoil Mhuire, Corbally, Limerick and opposed by students from Newbridge College, Kildare, in front of an audience of over 400 people.

It was described as a close competition and both teams were commended by the adjudicators for a fantastic debate and incredible well-formed arguments.

“This was one of the finest debates I have ever seen within the competition,” said Michael Doorly, of Active Citizenship, Concern.

“Both teams were full of passion and it was such a close call.”