Congratulations to current 4th Year students Andy Cullinan and David Dooley on their victory in the final of the 2020 Junior Leinster Debating Championships last Wednesday. The final had been planned to take place last academic year but was postponed due to the closure of school in March after the outbreak of Covid-19.
This was second time that Andy and David had represented CBC in the final of this competition, having made the final in second year. On that occasion they lost out to Terenure College. This time they came home with the trophy. They defeated teams from CBS Wexford, Holy Child Killiney and Belvedere College. They were opposing the motion that “This House Believes the Internet has done more harm than good to democracy”.
Due to the current lockdown conditions, the final took place on-line, with the boys speaking from a classroom in CBC and the other teams from their own schools while the judges watched on a Zoom call.
Their win is a particularly historic win for CBC as it marks the first time that we have won the team prizes at both Senior and Junior level in the same year, after James O’Donoghue and Leon Reilly won the senior final in late August.
The school debaters are coached by the very experienced Mr. G O'Neill. Congratulations to Mr. O'Neill also, for the successes of his debating teams the past school year.
Third year student, Donncha Murphy, was the runner-up at the recent national final of the Junior Mace Debating Championships.
The finals day was held on Saturday in St. Conleth's College in Ballsbridge. CBC was represented by Donncha (3EOA) and Charlie Garland O'Connor (2ROD). In order to qualify for the national finals day, the two boys had to participate in a number of qualification competitions and finish in the top speakers in all of them. The competition was entered by over 300 students all over the island.
On the finals, the best eight speakers after three debates qualified for the grand final. Donncha finished runner-up in the debate where he was proposing the motion that "the Irish education system fails students".
CBC has been really well represented by students in the competition all year and we're very proud of all their success.