Galway school competes in Griffith College Legal Debating Competition
Reaching for the sky — the St Einde's team of Conall Maguire, Macdara McGuire, Emily Gleeson, and Ronan O'Gorman.
By Sinead Farrell
Students from Coláiste Éinde, Salthill, were among the several students who took part in the final round of the Griffith College National Debating Competion on Wednesday March 13.
Conall Maguire, Macdara McGuire, Emily Gleeson, and Ronan O'Gorman, comprised the team who argued on the motion 'This house would work for free' but were unlucky to be defeated by the entrants from CBS, Naas, Co Kildare.
Although they did not secure the title, the Coláiste Éinde team made the shortlist after their essay submissions (2,000 words arguing for and against the aforementioned motion) were selected from the dozens of entries received from schools across the country, so the Salthill students can take stock from that achievement. The competition was eligible for FETAC, transition, fifth, and sixth year students.
And according to Siobhan Leonard, head of Law at Griffith College, the talent witnessed throughout the contest was of a high calibre. “The standard throughout the competition was unparalleled and the students showed outstanding composure and speaking ability. I have no doubt that the future of the legal profession in Ireland is in safe hands with this talent in our midst, she said”
The Griffith College National Debating Competion was held in conjunction with the Griffith College Schools’ Week which saw more than 500 second level students visit the campus to sample college life and gain a better understanding of the study options on offer. In addition to competitions, a number of workshops in the areas of media, computing, and business were also available for students.