The Coláiste Dún Iascaigh Debating Society was celebrating further success this week following the semi finals of the Munster Schools Debating competition.
From an original entry of 240 debaters, sixth year student Maria Doverman has qualified for the finals of the competition, to be held on February 25. Maria joins three speakers from Cork and Fermoy as the final four individual speakers. Teams from CBC Cork, Scoil Mhuire Cork and two teams from St. Angela’s in Cork city will contest for the honour of top team.
Maria is the only speaker from outside Cork to qualify, and also has the distinction of being the only student from a co-ed school in the final.
The debating motions have become very specific and tight as the competition rounds have progressed, and in her semi-final Maria successfully proposed the motion “That this house would ban the use of the female body in the media and in all advertising that are not directly related to the female body itself”.
Maria’s first debating competition and success was in last year’s in-house competition in the Coláiste when she and Ross Keeley emerged as the top team, and she has shown great application and ability to progress to the final of the prestigious UCC competition. The final will be held in the Aula Maxima, UCC, and will be chaired by RTE’s Bryan Dobson.
Great credit is also due to the Coláiste’s other two semi-finalists, who were on opposite sides in their semi-final. Edel Linehan battled illness to propose the motion “That this house would agree to pay higher salaries to employees who would agree not to have children in their time of employment”. Kate Scanlon opposed the motion, and was most unlucky to lose out on a final place on a split decision.
Skills of analysis, discussion and debate are required for studies in English at both Junior and Senior level, and students in second year class Achill are using an in-class debating competition to develop these much-needed attributes. Competition is fierce as the final approaches, with each student keen to emerge the winner. The standard is high and indicates a bright future for the Debating Society.