St Mary’s win Gael Linn debating title
There were great celebrations in Arklow last week as students from St Mary's College won their first regional debating title in the Gael Linn competition.
The school took the junior title at the regional final of the Gael Linn debating competition, Comórtas an Phiarsaigh, at the Celbridge Manor Hotel in County Kildare. Comórtas an Phiarsaigh is a national debating competition organised annually by Gael Linn for second level schools nationwide, with funding from Foras na Gaeilge. Over 150 schools have taken part in competition since the beginning of this schoolyear.
Martha Kavanagh, Lucie Kindlon and Clodagh O'Sullivan represented St Mary's and faced strong competition from Loreto Abbey in Dalkey, Castleknock Community College and St Joseph's College in Lucan.
The topic up for debate was 'Is méanar dóibh siúd atá ina gcónaí faoin tuath!' ('It's well for those who live in the countryside!'). While strong arguments were put forward on both sides, the consensus among the adjudicators was that the Arklow orators were marginally ahead of their opposition.
On the school's first outing in the competition, St Mary's were were declared winners - to the delight of teacher Aisling Ní Chuilín, who mentored the team through the various heats to this regional success.
The Arklow students will now take part in the all-Ireland final, which takes place on March 27 and where they will compete against teams from Athlone Community College, St Anne's Secondary School in Tipperary Town and Belvedere College in Dublin.