Presentation Bagenalstown Win Concern Debates 2014-15 Competition

Congratulations to Presentation De La Salle College, Bagenalstown on becoming Concern Debate Champions.

The school defeated St. Flannan’s College, Ennis, Co Clare in the final on Thursday night, 14th May in The Helix, DCU, Dublin.

The Concern Debates is Concern Worldwide’s flagship schools' activity. It gives students the opportunity to research and debate issues that affect those living in the developing world. 

By taking part, students learn the valuable skills of research and debating. The Concern Debates have been running for over 30 years.

Throughout the competition's history, more than 45,000 students have engaged in the debates. Around 120 schools participate annually.

The Concern Debates aim to:

  • Promote a deeper awareness and understanding of global issues
  • Provide students with a public forum, to develop skills in research, presentation and debate
  • Encourage students and teachers to become lifelong advocates on issues relating to poverty, justice and human rights

Presentation De La Salle College, Bagenalstown debated 4 motions provided to them in the league phase, which was from October to January and then won through the knockout phase culminating in four rounds from February to May where they eventually reached the final on Thurs May 14th. 

As winners of the competition Presentation De La Salle College, Bagenalstown are offered the opportunity to visit one of the countries overseas where Concern works. This year Pres De La Salle will see Concern's work first-hand in Mozambique. 

Brianna Walsh captain of the winning team pictured above.

The four All Ireland debating Champions pictured with their award. 

Presentation De La Salle, Bagenalstown supporters celebrating the victory.