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Clonakilty students ‘Trump' rivals to win Concern debate

May 5th, 2017 12:09 PM

By Southern Star Team

Laura Walsh, Maebh McCarthy, Natasha Sutton and Caoimhe Ni Shuilleabhain of Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty at the 2016-2017 Conern Debates Final, The Helix, Dublin. Photography by Ruth Medjber www.ruthlessimagery.com

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A DONALD Trump debate won a Cork team of teenage word-warriors the prestigious mantle as all-Ireland champions of Concern Debates last night.

Sacred Heart Clonakilty students won Ireland’s largest secondary school debating competition, which is run by aid agency Concern Worldwide, in a showdown with St Mary’s Academy CBS Carlow at The Helix in Dublin.

Both teams argued the pros and cons of the United States president and his policies.

The four debaters literally ‘Trumped’ their opponents after successfully opposing the motion that ‘The Trump presidency will be a blessing in disguise for Africa.’

The winning team – captain Laura Walsh (16), Caoimhe Ni Shuilleabhain (17), Natasha Sutton (16) and Maebh McCarthy (16) – were awarded a large globe trophy, which they have since nicknamed 'The Donald’.

The audience included 80 of their fellow students from Clonakilty.

The debate was also watched online on Instagram Live and was also followed on Concern’s Snapchat and Twitter accounts.

 

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