Junior Debating – MACE , Nov 2019
Junior Debating – MACE
Saturday, 23rd November 2019
The College was a hive of activity last Saturday as our inaugural Junior MACE was held. There were 61 teams (122 students) 36 adjudicators and 3 Senior convenors and a further 5 Senior judges who adjudicated in the final round.
We were well represented by:
A: Daniel Keeley & Ben Kieran-Glennon (both 3rd Year)
B: Amlan Parida & Gregory Quinn (both 2nd Year)
C: Harry Pierce (2nd Year) & Shane Hamilton (1st Year) – who stood in for AJ Adoghe (2nd Year)
D: Luca Kenny & Jack Leyden (both 2nd Year)
E: Alec Linklater (3rd Year) & Oisin Daly (2nd Year)
The motions included:
||This House Would make history a mandatory subject in secondary schools.|
||This House regrets the overwhelming narrative of good defeating evil in children’s literature.|
||This House Would tie countries’ development aid to their human rights records.
||This House supports the use of all forms of civil disobedience to combat climate change.|
We congratulate Belvedere College for winning this round. We had won the final in Belvedere College in the first MACE in September.
Thank you to the 5 Transition Year students: Michael White, James Carroll, George Francis, Sam Cahill and Matthew O’Donnell who helped to set up the event, judge each of the preliminary rounds, clear up and at all times remain thoughtful, caring and present; they showed initiative, dedication and good humour throughout the day.
Thanks are also due to past pupils: Tom Dwan and Michael Ryan (Class of 2019) and Joshua Kieran-Glennon (Class of 2015) for their commitment to the day – in judging the preliminary rounds and final round, and being there to assist in the running of the event.
The smooth running of the day was made possible by the maintenance and catering teams. Thanks to Albert and his team; John Montgomery; Alan and Fintan; and a
special thanks to Ken and Pat for their assistance throughout the day.
Our next Junior MACE is on Saturday, January 25th in Castleknock Community College.
Finally, a big thank you to Ms Pierce without whom it wouldn’t have happened.