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JES STUDENTS ARE WORLD CLASS SPEAKERS

Game of Tones':  Ruby Lynch, Fionn Ryan, Amy O'Gorman and Liam Carton from Coláiste Iognáid at the 2017 ICYD competition in Cambridge

Treading in the footsteps of Winston Churchill, the Dalai Lama, Johnny Depp and Russell Brand, young Coláiste Iognáid debaters engaged in a mammoth debating competition at the Cambridge Union on  Saturday. The Galway pupils represented Ireland in the 2017 International Competition for Young Debaters in Cambridge at the world famous Union. Having qualified in the top 80 young speakers in ... Read More »

JES STUDENTS COMPETE IN NATIONAL JUNIOR DEBATING FINAL

Jes Finalists at Belvedere College

Congratulations to Third Year Coláiste Iognáid pupil, Harry Redfern, who qualified in the top eight of the National Junior Debating Final 2017. He spoke in the final opposing the motion ‘This House Would Not Allow Former Terrorists to Run for Public Office’ This schools’ competition is second only to the ‘BT Young Scientist’  in terms of size. Harry beat more ... Read More »

JES CHRISTMAS DEBATE

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Christmas lovers will be happy to learn that the Coláiste Iognáid debating society does not endorse the actions of ‘Festive Terrorist’: the Grinch. The motion was defeated by a sound 63 to 23 in the Annual Christmas Debate in aid of the Simon Community. Liam Carton won best rhyme. Read More »

JES DOMINATE CONNACHT DEBATING FINAL

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Coláiste Iognáid debaters swept the boards at the Connacht Junior Debating Final on Saturday 1st October beating 64 speakers from around Connacht. The Jes had three teams in the Final (Harry Redfern, Stephen Hynes, Liam Carton, Fionn Ryan, Amy O’Gorman and Ruby Lynch) with Harry Redfern deemed best speaker in Connacht as well as best speaker in the final. The ... Read More »

DEBATERS DO NOT REGRET THIS YEAR’S CELEBRATION OF THE 1916 RISING!

Senator Trevor O’Clochartaigh with ‘Jes’ debaters.

As part of Coláiste Iognáid’s activities surrounding this year’s centenary of the 1916 rising, Sinn Fein Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh took on the Coláiste Iognáid Debating Society to oppose the motion that ‘This House Regrets the Celebrations of the 1916 Rising’.Senator Ó Clochartaigh worked with student debaters Eoin O’Cianna, Amy O’Gorman and Jack Counihan in opposition to Conor O’Sullivan, Harry ... Read More »

JES STUDENTS TO DEBATE AT OXFORD UNION

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Conor O’Sullivan and Harry Redfern to represent Ireland in the International Competition for Young Debaters 2016 Once again, Coláiste Iognáid demonstrates the ability to compete on the international stage. Junior debaters Conor O’Sullivan and Harry Redfern beat schools from around Ireland to ‘top the tab’ at the Irish qualifiers for the International Competition for Young Debaters 2016. Over the last ... Read More »

CHRISTMAS SURVIVES FOR ANOTHER YEAR! THE CHRISTMAS DEBATE SAW THE MOTION TO GET RID OF CHRISTMAS DEFEATED BY 146 VOTES TO 12.

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The Annual Christmas Debate 2015 saw the opposition team of Jack Counihan, Conor O’Sullivan, Grace O’Fegan, Ross Gorey and Amy O’Gorman defeat the motion ‘THW Not Say Merry Christmas to Anyone’ by 146 votes to 12! The proposing team of Tim Keogh, Grace Kiernan, Mr. Sherry, Harry Redfern and Kate Duggan did not look too upset…The competition was adjudicated by ... Read More »

JES JUNIOR AND SENIOR DEBATERS WIN AT THE MATTHESON CONNACHT FINAL: NUIG MACE 2015

GRAND FINALISTS NUIG MACE 2015

Congratulations to Jes Junior and Senior Debaters who won every competition at the Mattheson Connacht Final: NUIG Mace 2015 After nearly seven hour’s debating, Coláiste Iognáid managed a clean sweep at the 2015 Matheson Connacht Final NUIG Mace on Saturday 21st November. Debaters Ruairi O’Gorman and Amy O’Gorman won the Junior Division with Liam Carton and Fionn Ryan as Runners-up. First Years ... Read More »

HARRY REDFERN AND CONOR O’SULLIVAN DEBATING FINALISTS LORETO MACE 2015

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Harry Redfern and Conor O’Sullivan continue their debating success by breaking to the Final of the 2015 Loreto on The Green Junior Mace. They beat 130 pupils to gain a place at the top table. Also representing the ‘Jes’ were Liam Carton, Thomas Hume, Tim Keogh, Dylan O’Halloran, Kate O’Sullivan and Hannah Bogue. Read More »