Debating

Colaiste Iosagain , Portarlington , Irish Language Debaters Achieve Best Ever Result.

The Heritage Hotel in Portlaoise was the venue for this years All Ireland Gael Linn irish language debating competition .Being so close to the school a large number of supporters were able to travel with the team from Colaiste Iosagain , Portarlington .The contest has been organised since 1960 and over 150 teams took part this year .This was the first year they have reached the last five in the prestigious event having won their own regional competiton .Their region covered the majority of the east of the country , except Dublin , including counties from Louth to Waterford .The team comprised students ,Sharon Boland, Ciara Madden , Megan O’Donoghue and Eadaoin Slattery .Their mentor was Ms. Christine Fox .Gael Linn CEO , Antoine O’Coileain thanked the teachers involved for their dedication .
The guest chairperson , Senator Brian O’Domhnaill was sure to have a keen interest in the night’s motion , that the Senate was an irrelevant political institution .Colaiste Iosagain, Portarlington had to defeat the motion. Winners on the night were Sandford Park from Ranelagh ,Dublin while the other teams were from Thurles , Cork and Longford Town .This tremendous accomplishment is undoubtably one of the greatest of any team representing Colaiste Iosagain , Portarlington for many years .

Colaiste Iosagain , Portarlington team , Ciara Madden, Megan O’Donoghue , Eadaoin Slattery and Sharon Boland along with mentor , Ms. Christine Fox at the Gael Linn irish language debating competition held at the Heritage Hotel , Portlaoise .


Supporters at All Ireland Irish Debating Championships


Supporters at All Ireland Irish Debating Championships.