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Auditors Ross Gorey and Jack Counihan hosted an innovative new debate for young debaters in the school in the form of a knock-out beginners’ debate for First Years. Sixteen speakers took part in the competition over two weeks and the final saw the government benches, Isobel Keane, Kate O’Sullivan, Hannah Bogue and Amy O’Gorman take on the opposition benches, Eidhne Kennedy, Oliver Kelly, ... Read More »



Congratulations to Conor O’Sullivan 2G who was Best Connacht Speaker in the National Junior Finals in Dublin on Saturday.     Congratulations also to Harry Redfern who came second in Connacht. Read More »

International Debate Success for Coláiste Iognáid

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To conclude an extraordinarily successful year for the Coláiste Iognáid debate team, top speakers Philip Buckley and Kate Duggan represented Ireland in the ‘International Competition for Young Debaters 2014′ this weekend. Nearly 1000 pupils competed in national qualifiers in February and finally 108 young national finalists from more than ten countries assembled at the world famous ‘Oxford Union’ to debate ... Read More »

Jes Senior Debating Success at West of Ireland Debating Competition

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Senior Debaters Alastair Richardson, Frank O’Neill and Eoghan Frank achieve ‘The Double’ for only the second time in the thirty year history of the West of Ireland Debating Competition by winning both sections of the Grand Final in NUIG last month. Alastair won the best Individual Speaker in his opposition to the motion ‘This House Would Not Tell the Public ... Read More »

Junior Debating National Mace Finals

'Jes Abu...! Finals' Day competitors and winners (missing from picture: Ailbhe McDonagh, Dylan O'Halloran, Aoife Dempsey)

The Junior Debating National Mace Finals were held on Saturday 5th April, 2014 in UCD when the top 80 speakers in Ireland competed in the 500 speaker competition. Huge congratulations to the Jes debaters who took part – special congratulations are due to:                                   ... Read More »

Jes Debating Success at Oxford Union…

Neill representing Ireland in Oxford on Saturday

Congratulations to Frank O’Neill and Eoghan Finn on their successful trip to the UK for the International Competition for Senior Debaters at Oxford. They finished in the top third of all teams. Congratulations to Kate Duggan and Philip Buckley who qualified for the International Competition for Young Debaters and will represent Ireland in Cambridge on 5th May. Read More »

Jes Success at Connacht Debating Finals….


The Connacht Debating Finals were held in Coláiste Iognáid last Saturday, 2nd March. It was a hugely successful day for Jes debating and in all nine Jes pupils will now progress to the All-Ireland Finals on April 5th. Congratulations to Kate Duggan and Philip Buckley who won The Matheson Junior Debating Connacht Final. Kate was also awarded Best Speaker in ... Read More »