Rockwell College students runners up in All Ireland debating final

Two Rockwell College students represented Munster in the Denny All Ireland Schools’ Competition held in UCC on Saturday, April 16. The event, hosted by the UCC Philosophy debating society took place in the Aula Maxima and featured four teams and four individual speakers from across Ireland. Over 700 pupils took part in this competition, modelled on the British Parliamentary style, when it began last October. It is organised by the debating societies in UCC, UCD, TCD and NUIG and the provincial winners compete for the national title.

Two Rockwell College students represented Munster in the Denny All Ireland Schools’ Competition held in UCC on Saturday, April 16. The event, hosted by the UCC Philosophy debating society took place in the Aula Maxima and featured four teams and four individual speakers from across Ireland. Over 700 pupils took part in this competition, modelled on the British Parliamentary style, when it began last October. It is organised by the debating societies in UCC, UCD, TCD and NUIG and the provincial winners compete for the national title.

Jack Moloney (6th Yr) and Joseph Doverman (3rd Yr), from Rockwell College, earned their place in the Final having beaten teams from CBC and St Angela’s, Cork to take the Munster title in February.

This win marked back-to-back victories for Jack Moloney, who also featured on last year’s winning Rockwell team.

He became only the second speaker in the history of the competition to retain his title. His team-mate, Joseph Doverman (Cahir) is the youngest ever winner of the provincial title.

The motion for the Final was “That This House would abolish the minimum wage” and victory fell to the Connaught representatives from St Jarlath’s, Tuam.

The Chief Adjudicator of the Final, Mark Collins, spoke highly of all the competitors and praised their achievement in reaching the All Ireland Final. Congratulations to the team and their teacher Ms Audrey O’Bryne.