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Tuesday 23 April 2019

Ciara crowned debate champ

Mary Fogarty

Loreto student Ciara Foster won the UCD Junior Schools Individual Debate Competition on Thursday, March 28.

The final of the competition was held in the UCD Sutherland School of Law, and consisted of the final 4 teams and 6 individual speakers left in the competition. The motion being debated was that 'this house would cease to commemorate all acts of violence (for example: the 1916 Rising, World War 1 and the 9/11 Attacks)', which Ciara had to propose.

The UCD Junior Schools Debate Competition, which is run by the L&H and Law Soc in UCD, is the largest debate competition in Ireland. It involved over 70 schools, from 8 counties across Leinster. 394 speakers took part in the competition, which started last October. Ciara was among six students who represented Loreto Bray in the competition. Her teammates included fellow 3rd year student Ciara Donohue, and 2nd years Aoife O'Grady, Isabel Lynam, Emma Collins and Laura Murphy.

The competition involved all speakers taking part in an initial three debates. Motions debated included: 'this house would introduce a 30% minimum gender quota in parliament' and 'this house believes Northern Ireland should become an independent state'. After three rounds, the top 32 teams and 32 individuals, including Ciara Foster and Ciara Donohue, progressed into the Octo Finals. Ciara Foster then progressed onto the Quater and Semi-Finals, before taking part in the final last Thursday.

Ciara was presented with a trophy depicting the Children of Lir and a scholarship to the UCD Debate Camp this summer. She has added to the continued success of the debate teams in Loreto Bray, who won the Junior Inter-Loreto Competition in 2017 and 2018.

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