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Ardscoil Mhuire, Corbally, Co Limerick Reach Concern National Debate Final

The Concern Debates National Final took place on Thursday 16th May.

This year’s national finalists were CEIST school Ardscoil Mhuire, Corbally. Co Limerick and Newbridge College.

Both teams were debating the motion: “The international community must now take military action to topple the regime in Syria”.

Ardscoil Mhuire students performed admirably on the night but lost out to Newbridge College in a very competitive and high quality debate between the two schools.

Pictured above are the Ardscoil Mhuire team with mentors (LtoR) Patrick Huff, Hayley O’ Doherty, Alesia Yermak, Fiona McDonnell, Jenny McGrath and school Principal Collette McGrath.

About the Concern Debates

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 since 1984. Throughout the competition's history, over 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

Debates Handbook

All you need to know about the competition can be found in the Debates Handbook.

Download the handbook.