Debating for All Ireland
The Senior debating team from Coláiste Íde agus Iosef will this Thursday take the platform at the national final of Comórtas an Phiarsaigh, organised by Gael-Linn. They will defend the motion “ Tá an teideal ‘Oileán na Naomh agus na nOllamh’ tuillte go fóill ag Éirinn!” ( The title A nation of saints and scholars is still deserved by Ireland) In the final they will take on a team from Loretto in Clonmel, Gort in Galway and from Maynooth in Kildare. The final will take place at 6.30 in the Heritage Hotel in Portlaoise.
The three students on the team hail from fifth year. Aran Reidy is the very able and compelling captain. Also on the team are James Leahy, a fine articulate young man and Emer Murphy, who has impressed
the adjudicators on every outing with her heartfelt arguments. These young debaters have had to contend with motions like “Is rud maith é go bhfuil deireadh ag teacht le cultúr an tí tábhairne in Éirinn” and
“Tá ár bhféiniúlacht mar Ghaeil caillte againn in Éirinn”. Their teachers on the staff of Coláiste Íde agus Iosef and their fellow fifth years have been hugely supportive from the outset, not alone with their ideas both for and against the various motions, but also in terms of moral support. “Ar scáth a chéile a mhairimid” is a seanfhocal they have quoted more than once to bolster an argument but it’s one which also holds true with regard to this debating competition. The team along with their friends, teachers and families are looking forward to the this Thursday night. Go n-éirí go geal leo!