Debating success for Transition Year

St. Joseph’s CBS Debating Team, from left, Joe Keyes, Gearoid Sheedy, Sam West, Frans Lombard, Troy Hourigan and Calvin O’Brien

Debating Success at St. Joseph’s CBS
On Monday 30th January, six students from the Senior Debating team of CBS Nenagh took part in the hotly contested Quarter Finals of the UCC Philosophy Society Munster Schools Debating Championship. Having won their individual debates in previous rounds, Gearoid Sheedy and Frans Lombard argued that ‘states should adopt sunset clauses that legally force them to review and either re-authorise or review their constitutions periodically’. While the duo comprising of Sam West and Joe Keyes opposed the motion that ‘states should be allowed to use mercenary forces in combat roles in active military operations’. Lastly, Calvin O’ Brien and Troy Hourigan proposed ‘that two party political systems should be supported over multi-party political systems’. The debates were of an extremely high standard with several speakers delivering compelling speeches unaided by any notes. While all our speakers were complimented by the adjudicators for the quality of their arguments and research, Gearoid Sheedy was selected as best speaker in his debate and will progress to the Semi-finals in two weeks’ time representing CBS Nenagh. As evident from the challenging nature of the aforementioned motions, preparation for these events has allowed the students to develop their research, analytical and presentation skills while at the same time gaining knowledge which cuts across other disciplines outside of their academic subjects. We are extremely proud of the entire team for their unstinting efforts and commitment to this extra-curricular pursuit.  We wish Gearoid every success in the upcoming debate. Go n-eiri an t-adh leat!
Alison Collins

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