Debating and Public Speaking

**Here at the Donahies we are in the process of reviving what was once a highly successful debating team**

Over the last few years we have won a prestigious award in the Dublin North Rotary Club Public Speaking Competition and made it to the semi-finals of the Denny Debating Competition- only losing by default.

"We will go, we will seek and we will conquer"


Leinster Schools Debating Competition 2014/2015

This year was a busy one for both our senior and junior debating teams. We almost have a path worn from the Donahies to UCD from our participation in the Leinster Schools Debating competition at both levels.

Junior Teams

(A)          Aiesha Wong & Andrea Gaffney

(B)          Stephen Power & Jamie O’ Moore

It was a first outing for our Junior teams, and although they were petrified they really did the school proud as they tackled issues like; ‘this house would make all secondary school subjects optional’, ‘this house would ban the use of social media sites by minors’ and ‘this house would give public figure harsher sentences for their crimes’. They entered three rounds each in total and didn’t give up in any of them. Their hard work after school and their hours of practicing really paid off. I am immensely proud of all four of them for stepping outside of their comfort zone and making their voices heard. I have no doubt that they will go on to develop their debating skills and come back with a vengeance.

Senior Teams

(A)          Reece Trounce & Steven Finnegan

(B)          John Dwyer & Shauna Kennedy

Unlike our Juniors, this wasn’t the Senior teams’ first Rodeo as all but one of them participated in the Carmel Walsh Memorial Debating Competition when they were Juniors themselves. The senior team practiced long and hard for each debate and even gave up their time to work with the Juniors; for which I am very grateful. Over the course of three months they faced difficult motions like: ‘this house would require people to care for their parents in old age’, ‘this house would boycott the 2022 world cup in Qatar’ and the topical ‘This house would ban blasphemous art’ and they tackled them with finesse and masterly oration. I am hugely proud of all four of them and I look forward to next year that I hope will be equally as eventful.


Dublin North Rotary Club Public Speaking Competition 2013

This annual competition for transition year students is a very exciting, and sometimes stressful, event for all involved. This year the event was hosted by Ard Scoil Rís, Griffith Avenue on Tuesday 27th November.

 The competition was attended by all members of the North Dublin Rotary Club along with participating schools and their supporters. The topic for exploration was “Peace is worth a compromise”. Our team members were Glenn Lynch, Megan Mooney and Tomike Jinad. There were three participating schools including Pobalscoil Neasáin and Ard Scoil Rís.

Although our team worked hard and performed well on the night we were pipped at the post by previous winners Pobalscoil Neasáin. The competition was an absolute success with all competitors receiving a certificate of participation. I would like to thank all involved for their hard work.


The Carmel Walsh Memorial Junior Debating Competition

On Thursday 18th April 2013 we held the inaugural Carmel Walsh Memorial Debating Competition in the Donahies Community School. Our late colleague Carmel was an avid debater and a highly successful debating coach in our school for many years. The event was attended by Carmel's husband Gerry, daughter Leah, sister and nieces. Gerry kindly donated the perpetual trophy in her honour. All participating schools were invited through their close ties with the school and Carmel, they were: Ardgillan Community College, Balbriggan. Gaelcholáiste Reachrann, Donaghmede. Rosmini Community School, Drumcondra. St. Mary’s Holy Faith, Killester and St. David’s Secondary School, Bray. All teams fought hard on the night debating one of two topics. "This house believes that bullying should be illegal" and "This house believes that social networking sites are bad for young people". Despite a mighty effort by all competitors the finalists were a team from St. Mary's Holy Faith and a team from Donahies C.S. They debated "this house believes that the private lives of public people should be kept private". It was a tense debate but St. Mary's Killester were the obvious winners as our Donahies lads buckled under the pressure. Congratulations girls! I would like to thank all involved in making the night a success with a special thank you to our esteemed judges Dave Ruth, Mary Carroll and Tony Madden and of course my time-keeper Dylan Clarke.

Ms. T Kelly


Team Members

Reece Trounce, Sean Paisley, John O' Dwyer, Steven Finnegan and Lee Redmond