Gael­choláiste de­baters are on the road again this week

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By CIARÁN O’DONOGHUE (T.Y STU­DENT)

Gael­choláiste Chiar­raí’s se­nior de­bat­ing team will travel to Bal­leyvour­ney in Cork this week for the sec­ond round of the ‘Có­mor­tas Díospóireachta Uí Chad­hain that is or­gan­ised by Gael Linn. The team is made up of three tran­si­tion year stu­dents, Ciarán Ó’Don­nchú, Seán Ó’Lo­ingsigh and Ain­driú Ó’Muimh­neacháin and are men­tored by Bean Michelle D’Áltúin. Last month we pro­gressed from the first round held at our school, de­bat­ing the top­i­cal mo­tion that Am­a­teurism is a myth in the G.A.A.

For this de­bate the teams have been given the in­trigu­ing mo­tion that Don­ald Trumps Twit­ter ac­count should be banned. Trump is one of the most di­vi­sive Amer­i­can Pres­i­dents ever and this mo­tion will be keenly con­tested by all four teams. We are de­bat­ing in favour of the mo­tion and hope­fully we will progress to re­gional fi­nals which will be held next month.

This marks the start of a busy pe­riod com­ing up for Tran­si­tion year. This is the first of three trips to Cork, as a group of us will be head­ing to the Model United Na­tions in U.C.C be­fore com­pet­ing in Scléip which is a tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion for Ir­ish Speak­ing Sec­ondary Schools.

On be­half of my­self and the whole of tran­si­tion year I would like to thank Bean D’Áltúin for all the work she does, as she has or­gan­ises ev­ery­thing for us through­out the year.

Also she has spent nu­mer­ous hours of her own time writ­ing drama’s and re­search­ing de­bates and she pro­vides us with the chance to get the most we can out of Tran­si­tion Year.

It’s cer­tainly a busy pe­riod com­ing up and hope­fully we will start it with a vic­tory in our de­bate on Thurs­day!

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