Congratulations to both of our Senior Debating Teams who represented our school wonderfully in the Laois Senior Debating Cup final.

Both teams encountered very strong opposition in the preliminary rounds in November and December, defeating various schools across the county and remaining undefeated. 

Last night, history was made as onlookers witnessed an all CBS final. 

The motion was – ‘That this house believes that Disney has contributed more to our culture and our humanity than Shakespeare has’ 

CBS 1, (and the proposition) consisted of our very eloquent fifth years; Jack Murrell, Aaron Branagan, Kyle John and Adam Raji. 

CBS 2, (and the opposition) were a combination of our experienced sixth years; William Barrett and Nathan Duffy, and our  enthusiastic TYs; Andrew Coyne and Harry McGRee. 

These boys are a credit to our school and a fantastic representation of our student body. Audience members commented on the students ability to command the room, entertain, rise to the occasion while also commending their obvious preparation. 

In what was a very difficult decision for the judges, CBS 2 (the opposition) marginally defeated CBS 1 in a very entertaining final.

Next up was Best Individual Speaker, where once again, the boys faced extremely tough competition from various schools across Laois. We had strong representation here once more, with three BIS winners qualifying from the individual rounds; Harry McGree, Kyle John and Adam Raji. All students did a wonderful job and you could hear a pin drop when the St. Mary’s CBS boys stepped up to deliver their speech on ‘Teenagers: Where Would You Be Without Us?’ 

The judges returned, stating that it was a unanimous decision and named our wonderful TY student Harry McGree as Best Individual Speaker! What an achievement for one of the youngest Senior Debaters. 

Ms. Carroll and Ms. Hyland are so proud of each and every one of their students who have worked so hard all year. It is just so lovely to see our students improve every single time they stand up and speak. Congratulations to all!

The LSD Cup is home #fromeachtheirbest