Colaiste debaters reach national final

Debaters progress in Concern National debates

Debaters progress in Concern National debates

Colaiste Dn Iascaigh's debating team have qualified for the knock-out stages of the Concern National debates for the second year in a row, following their majority win over Ursulines Secondary School Thurles, on Tuesday last, December 14.

The Coliste successfully proposed the motion "Child labour is a necessity of life in the developing world." Team captain Dean Buckley was joined on the proposition table by Stacey Shaw, Graham Halley and Aisling Kenny. To propose such a motion seems a very daunting task, and the Coliste team were at pains to point out their personal opposition to the idea of child labour. Their success came from their focus on the motion – that in the awful conditions that exist in the developing world there is no viable option for families other than sending their children out to work, as had been the case in previous eras in the now-developed world. Ursulines Thurles, with a very strong tradition in this competition including a national title, had a very strong team on the night. To emerge victorious against such worthy opponents is great testament to the strength of the Cahir side and their mentors, and to the strides the team have made since their narrow first-round loss to Presentation Thurles. This was the Cahir side's third win in their four league-phase debates, having previously recorded victories over St.Anne's Secondary School Tipperary and Loreto Fermoy. It is expected that the knock-out phase of the competition will begin in February.

Junior Girls Reach Munster Semi

Coliste Dn Iascaigh 9-15

St. Joseph's Abbeyfeale 1-3

Last Tuesday in Glenroe the junior ladies footballers from the Coliste marched into the Munster Junior B semi finals with a facile win in their quarter-final tie against Abbeyfeale.

They started the game in very determined fashion. Kirsty Downey opened the scoring with a point, quickly followed by the first green flag of the day when Aisling Moloney goaled to give her side the perfect platform. The Coliste forwards were now opening up the Abbeyfeale defense at will and Roisin Howard opened her account with a well-taken goal. Laura Dillon then fielded a high ball and turned and crashed the ball to the net for goal number three. Siobhan Heffernan, Kirsty Downey, Laura Dillon and Roisin Howard all scored points before Abbeyfeale finally got on the scoresheet with a point from a free. Roisin Howard then notched her second goal followed by a point from the same player and Laura Keating and Siobhan Heffernan also pointed to leave them in total control at half time leading 4-8 to 0-1.

The second half started in the same vain as the first with the Coliste taking the game to their beleaguered opponents. Roisin Howard scored two points and then combined with Aisling Moloney soccer-style before sliding in goal number five. Kirsty Downey notched her third point of the game and Aisling Moloney added a brilliant individual point. Corner forward Caomihe Condon showed great bravery to punch the side's sixth goal. Abbeyfeale then enjoyed their best spell of the game with a goal and two points. Coliste manager Denny Whelan then made a number of changes and substitute Lauren Fitzpatrick quickly got herself in on the scoring act with a goal and point. Laura Keating scored her second point and a lovely team move resulted in Aoife Corcoran getting herself on the scoresheet with an excellent goal. Caoimhe Condon scored the ninth and final goal and Kirsty Downey rounded off the scoring with a fine long-range point. The result leaves the girls in a semi-final against either Ennistymon or Ballincollig in the New Year. The forwards will undoubtedly get most of the praise after notching such a big score but the backs and goalkeeper were excellent throughout, dealing comfortably with the Abbeyfeale forwards and launching many of the Coliste Dn Iascaigh attacks. The manner of this great performance and the attitude displayed by all the girls will give the panel great hope as they face what will surely be a stiffer test the next day out.

Team: Fiona Rees; Claire Walsh; Emma Corcoran; Maureen Murphy; Emma Buckley; Marie Claire Murphy; Megan Burke; Siobhan Heffernan (capt)(0-2); Laura Keating (0-2); Kirsty Downey (0-4); Laura Dillon (1-1); Aoife Corcoran (1-0); Caoimhe Condon (2-0); Aisling Moloney (1-1); Roisin Howard (3-4).

Subs used: Jackie Doyle for Murphy; Rebecca English for Walsh; Lauren Fitzpatrick (1-1) for Moloney; Laura Keeley for Buckley; Katie Farrell for Howard.

Christmas Holidays

The College will close on Thursday, December 23, for the Christmas holidays and will re-open on Monday, January 10, for all classes. Best wishes to all for a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year. Beannachta na File oraibh go lir.