Education & Training
All finalists with Minister Joan Burton and Philip Lovegrove of Matheson Solicitors. Kate Duggan front left of center holding award, Philip Buckley directly behind
Colaiste Iognaid have started the debating year in style. The first round of the Matheson Junior Debating National Mace took place in Belvedere College on Saturday 5 October.
After four tough rounds of debates ranging from 'Gender Quotas in the Dail' to 'Criminalising the payment of ransom' and only 20 minutes to prepare, the Colaiste Iognaid team of Kate Duggan and Philip Buckley made it to Grand Final. This is an amazing achievement considering there were 80 teams competing on the day! The final was held in a packed theatre in Belvedere College and chaired †by Minister Joan Burton. After a nail-biting debate on whether citizens should pass a civics test before being given the vote Kate Duggan from Colaiste Iognaid was announced as best speaker in the final, an amazing achievement especially considering 160 speakers took part. This is the start of another fantastic year for debating at 'the Jes' who, under the guidance of Matthew Harrison, have gone from strength to strength over the past few years and are quickly becoming one of the best debating schools in the country. The Matheson Junior Debating National Mace is looking forward to a trip down to Galway in the new year where Colaiste Iognaid will host the Connacht Final.
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