ADAM DUFFY and Philip Carthy spent last weekend engaged in heated debate at Dublin's Trinity College.
The pair of Colaiste Chill Mhantain students were participating in the Philspeaks Competition held in Trinity.
The initial stage of the competition consists of four rounds of British Parliamentary Style debates, with each team given only 15 minutes on an individual topic before the debating began.
The tricky motions this year were a) This house would abolish state pensions, b) This house believes that adoption agencies should give first priority to gay and infertile couples, c) This house would torture the enemy and d) This house would create a legal market for organs.
The adjudication was closed but valuable feedback was given at the end of each debate. The team were delighted to make the break into the top sixteen for a place in the semi-final.
The next challenging motion was that ' this house would ban the Burka.'
Despite a very convincing argument the team were not successful in securing a place in the final on this occasion.
Nevertheless, they enjoyed their weekend all the same.