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Leinster Schools Senior Debating Semi-
The first semi-
Sam Grey and John McDowell will be arguing against the motion:
"This House Would Ban Religious Parties From Standing For Election
in Newly Democratised Countries"
Senior debating takes place every second Monday at 3.30 in room 53. We engage in many debates ranging from the serious to the ridiculous. There are also many external competitions taking place throughout the year and if you are interested in getting involved, drop into room 53 to talk to Mr Finucane.
Congratulations to Mark Finn(3A) who has reached the second round of Dennys’ Leinster Schools junior debating competition due to take place in the month of January.
Debating for First Years takes place every Thursday at 12.50 in room 53 with prizes for the winners. Debating for Second and Third Years takes place every Tuesday at 12.10 in room 53 with prizes for the winners.
We engage in many debates ranging from the serious to the ridiculous. There are also many external competitions taking place throughout the year and if you are interested in getting involved, drop into room 53 to talk to Mr Finucane.
At 6pm on Tuesday, 9 April 2013
Mr. Michael Bevan chaired the motion that:
THE GREENS ARE THE ENEMY OF THE WORLD'S POOR
Proposing: Mr. Sam Collins (2001), Mr. Cyril Forbes (1963) & Mr. Ed Guiney (1984)
Opposing: Mr. Ger Lally, Mr. Kevin Rafter & Mr. Eamon Ryan (1981)
A drinks & canapé reception preceded the debate proper
(Speaker profiles available at or )
Fr. Barber welcomed everyone. He announced the appointment of Michael Bevan as Archivist
to the College, and invited anyone who was willing to contribute material to the
Archive to do so.
The Headmaster thanked all who had supported the College in ways that enabled the
completion of the Theatre and other recent additions to the College facilities.
The Chairperson, Jim Walsh, introduced the speakers and presided over a stimulating
and entertaining debate.
Mr.Pelly was in fine form as his wide-
Ross Brennan entertained all present with anecdotes from Gonzaga long ago, when performance in sport clearly didn’t benefit from any performance enhancing drugs.
After summing up the key points made by the speakers, Jim Walsh invited contributions
from the floor. The motion was then put to a vote and defeated.
Fr. Barber then thanked the chairperson and thanked also Ms. Evelyn Morley for her work in organising the Debate.
The last debate took place on Wednesday 26 September .
It was chaired by Mr Jim Walsh, parent & Past Pupil (Class of 1975).
The motion: “That this House would permit performance enhancing drugs in professional sports”
was defeated by a clear majority.
Speakers: Proposing (parents); Caroline Murphy, Michael Donnelly and Linda O’Shea Farren;
Opposing (past pupils): Diarmuid Rossa Phelan (1987), Ross Brennan (1984) and Gareth Pelly (1992).
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