Ireland's brightest schoolchildren come together for country's largest ever Model United Nations
Around 400 schoolchildren and visiting Spanish pupils have taken part in Ireland's largest ever Model United Nations.
Pupils from 18 schools across Ireland took part in the Cork City Hall conference, which discussed serious issues such as promoting democracy, combating HIV/AIDS, equal rights, infant mortality rates and disability in society.
From last Tuesday to Friday, students assumed the role of delegates representing countries and NGOs as they entered into a series of debates on issues of pressing global importance.
Davis College Mallow student Niall O'Brien has taken part in several Model United Nations, but was proud his school hosted the best so far.
"I firmly believe that the best way to learn about the UN is by actually doing it. It gives all participants, including myself, an insight into different countries, global issues and understanding the perspectives of others," the 17-year-old said.
"This conference is also a fantastic way to meet and spend time with fellow Irish students, who share the same passion, and also meet those visiting from Spain.
"I hope that all participants enjoyed and learned from this experience, and come back again next year to continue the debate."
Second level students who are interested in taking part in next year's event can find out more information here.