News from Mercy College Sligo

April 2017

The following student news was kindly shared by Mercy College Sligo.

Mercy College Sligo Students Participate in European Debate

Pictured above are the European Parliament Debating Team from Mercy College Sligo. Included are Grace Filan, Mackenzie Ellwood and Hannah Scanlon. Brian Hayes M.E.P. and Charlie Flanagan Minister for Foreign Affairs.
The team represented Croatia in a debate on trade agreement issues.
Pictured above L-R: Gerry Kiely, Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland; His Excellency Mr Ivan Mašina, Croatian Ambassador; Mairead Lavery of the Irish Farmers Journal (who chaired the debate); Noelle O'Connell, Executive Director of the European Movement Ireland (one of the debate judges); Charlie Flanagan TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade; Brian Hayes M.E.P.

European Soapbox Debate in Sligo Library

Congratulations to Hannah Scanlon, Elisabeth Doyle, Catherine Flanagan and Mackenzie Ellwood who debated on the motion "Europe United in Diversity" at Sligo Library.
They each discussed the motion in a four minute long speech.
The debate was organised by the Sligo European Office and there were 22 participants with very interesting ideas on the motto.

Diplomats in the Classroom

Ambassador James McIntyre visited Mercy College Sligo as part of the Diplomats in the Classroom programme.
He outlined the role of the ambassador and the embassies and spoke of his postings abroad.
The workshop was much enjoyed by all participants.

May 2017

European Parliament Ambassador School Award Ceremony

The European Parliament Ambassador School Programme for post-primary schools was launched in Ireland in 2015.
In its second year, schools from across Ireland and throughout the EU took part in this exciting programme which aims to increase awareness of Europe, democracy and political choice among young people.
This year’s successful schools received their Ambassador School plaque at an Award Ceremony held at Europe House in Dublin on 12th May which was attended by Lynn Boylan, MEP and Brian Hayes, MEP.
Picture includes Mercy College Sligo group Eadaoin Kinsella, James Temple-Smithson, Head of the European Parliament Office in Ireland., Ms Imelda Harte (Programme Coordinator), Ms Lynn Boylan M.E.P., Ms Colette O Hagan( Principal), Niamh McConnon, Elisabeth Fahy.

Mercy College Sligo Win Debating Competition

Mercy College Sligo recently participated in the Europe Day debate which was held in Sligo County Council Chambers.
Mercy College debated against Sligo Grammar school on the motion "Volunteering makes a difference" and won the competition.
Adjudicators were Councillor Marie Casserly Mayor of Sligo, Catherine Rowse , Volunteering Ireland and Ronnie Gillanders, Sligo Toastmasters.
Matt Carthy MEP spoke on his experience as an MEP and presented the winners Emily Gaine, Mackenzie Ellwood and Hannah Scanlon with their trophy.
Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Hubert Keaney welcomed the speakers and chaired the debate.