Students from counties Meath, Kildare and Louth articulated their thoughts on various topics at the first round debating blitz of Comórtas an Phiarsaigh 2017 recently.
The event was hosted by Ionad Óige na hÉireann, Droim Rí, county Meath recently, in co-operation with Cumann na bhFiann. Comórtas an Phiarsaigh is a national debating competition organized annually by Gael Linn for second level schools nationwide, for which there is a high level of entry again this year.
In the junior section of the competition, teams from Athboy Community School, Coláiste na Mí, Navan, Scoil Mhuire Trim, Maynooth Post Primary School, Coláiste na hInse, Bettystown, along with Dundalk schools, Marist College, Dundalk, St. Louis Secondary School and De La Salle College, made informed and passionate speeches ‘as Gaeilge’ about ending the Olympic Games ! ( Ba cheart deireadh a chur leis na Cluichí Oilimpeacha ! ). The adjudicators assessed the attributes of each team, taking their definition of the motion, opinions, rebuttal skills and general presentation, into consideration. In the end, it was talented talkers of Dundalk’s colleges, Marist College and De La Salle, who were selected to go through to the next round of the competition, along with Coláiste na Mí and Scoil Mhuire.