Christian Brothers College, Cork are now home to the “Best Speaker in Ireland”.
The Matheson Junior Debating National Mace is the largest debating competition on the island of Ireland with over 500 students participating from all over Ireland, North and South. This year’s competition culminated with the National Finals’ Day held in Belvedere College where the top 88 speakers competed for the title of Ireland’s best debater.
After four preliminary rounds on motions from sex education in schools to invading North Korea, the top eight speakers representing Loreto College St Stephen’s Green, CBC Cork, Colaiste Iognoid Galway, CBC Monkstown, Ratoath College and Castleknock Community College argued that members of terrorist organisations should not be allowed to run for public office. Following the Grand Final the motion was opened to the floor by Chairperson Jack Chambers TD and a lively debate ensued.
The adjudicators deliberated and were unanimous in their decision that The Best Speaker in Ireland was Matt Mallen of CBC Cork!
CBC’s winning didn’t stop there and it was announced that Oliver McKenna was the “Best First Year Speaker” in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Hundreds of First Year students from all over the Island entered this year hoping to win a coveted spot in the National Finals Day. This is a fantastic achievement for Mr McKenna and another Debating Trophy for CBC.
Munster was well represented with speakers from Colaiste an Spiroid Naomh, Davis College, Presentation College Cork, Rochestown College Cork, St Alsoysious, St Fanahans, St Josephs Tulla having qualified from the Munster Final.