Second-level debating competition final

Monday 9th May was an important day in this year’s Educate Together Second-Level Schools Debating Competition with both semi-finals taking place over the course of the day. The first semi-final was a repeat of last year’s final between Cork ETSS and Galway ETSS. These two exceptional schools provided yet another epic debating event with Cork ETSS seeking revenge for last year’s defeat and Galway ETSS fighting to retain their all-Ireland champion status. In the end, Cork ETSS won making their way through to their second final in a row. Commiserations to the Galway ETSS team, who showed what great champions they really are by wishing Cork ETSS well in the final.  

In the afternoon, Goatstown ETSS and Malahide Portmarnock ETSS met to decide the second finalist. Again, the standard of debating was at the highest levels with Malahide-Portmarnock ETSS winning in the end, to set up the highly anticipated final.  

The highly anticipated final saw Cork ETSS proposing the motion that ‘Gaelic Games should be made an Olympic Sport’ and Malahide Portmarnock ETSS opposing. Congratulations to Cork ETSS who won the Ireland Final becoming the 2022 Ireland Champions and to Marco from MPETSS who won the best speaker award at the final. Malahide Portmarnock ETSS were worthy opponents and put in a great display of debating, but Cork won in the end and everyone attending was amazed at the high level of speaking, rebutting, asking and answering questions – it was a great final!  

The competition moves to its third year when planning starts in September. Thanks to everyone in all the schools for promoting debating and making this competition so successful – wishing you all a great summer holiday.