Díospóireachtaí Gaeilge – Irish Debates

Ar an 24ú lá de Mí Deireadh Fómhair bhí díospóireachtaí Gaeilge ar siúl sa scoil.

Bhí foireann sóiseareach agus foireann sinsireach sa chomórtas, a bhí cuireadh ar siúl ag Gael Linn.

Chuaigh an fhoireann sóisireach ar dtús. Ar an bhfoireann, bhí Ciara Stell, David Oliver agus Ella O’Neill ón tríú bhliain ag caint. Bhí Neasa Bissett agus Chloe Byrne ann freisin. Na scoileanna eile a ghlac pháirt sa comórtas ná Coláiste Phobail Caisleán Chnucha agus Coláiste Phobail Ard Giolláin. An rún a bhí ag na foirne ná, “Ba chóir dúinn cloí leis an gcóras ama céanna don bhliain ar fad”. Bhí an foireann ó Domhnach Beathach i bhfábhar an rúin agus bhí na foirne eile ina choinne. Bhí pointí iontacha ag gach fhoireann ach sa deireadh bhí an bua ag Coláiste Pobail Domhnach Beathach agus Coláiste Pobail Caisleán Chnucha. Dúirt Domhnach Beathach gur traidisiún é agus ba chor gur comaidítear é agus dúirt Caisleán Chnoca go bhuil sé contúirteach ar na bóithre an lá ina dhiadh Coigilteas Solas an Lae agus ba chóir go stopfadh é. Díospóireacht den scoth a bhí ann agus táimid go léir bródúil as an bhfoireann ag dul ar aghaidh sa chomórtas.

Tar éis an fhoireann sóisireach, chuaigh an foireann sinsireach. Ar an bhfoireann bhí Adam Hanlon agus Aoife Ní Laoi ón séú bhliain agus Emer Keeling ón cúigiú bhliain ag caint. Bhí Sarah Oliver agus Gráinne Honer ann freisin. Bhí siad i gcoinne Coláiste Rockbrook, Santa Sabina agus Coláiste Ard Giolláin. Rún an díospóireacht seo ná, “Is cur amú airgid é an t-Uachtaránacht”. Dúirt Domhnach Beathach agus Santa Sabina gur cur amú airgid atá ann agus dúirt Rockbrook agus Ardgillan nach chuir amú airgead a tá ann. Bhí an díospóireacht seo an-suimiúil le cloisint agus bhí na pointí go léir ar fheabhas. Dúirt an fhoireann ó Domhnach Beathach gur chur amú airgead ollmhór é an t-Uachtaráin agus is féidir leis an Taoiseach a phost a dhéanamh. Go brónach, ní raibh an t-ádh ag an fhoireann agus chuaigh Santa Sabina agus Ard Giolláin ar aghaidh sa chomórtas. Dúírt Santa Sabina nach raibh an t-Uachtaráin tabhachtach sa lá atá inniú an agus dúirt Ardgillan go raibh an Taoiseach ró ghnóthach chun phost an tUachtaráin a dhéanamh.

Tá gach duine an-bródúil as an dá fhoireann agus go n-éirí leis an bhfoireann sóisireach ag dul ar aghaidh sa chomórtas!

On the 24th of October, the Irish Debates occurred in our school. There was a junior and a senior team competing in the competition, called Gael Linn.

The junior team went first, the students speaking were Ciara Stell, David Oliver and Ella O’Neill from Third Year while Neasa Bissett and Chloe Byrne are also part of the team. The other schools participating in the competition were Castleknock Community College and Ardgillan Community College. The topic of the debate was “Are Daylight Savings a Good Thing?” The Donabate team were in favour of the Daylight Savings and the other teams were against it. The points made by all three teams were great, but in the end, Donabate Community College and Castleknock Community College were victorious. Donabate said that it is a tradition that should be kept and that it makes travelling to other countries easier and Castleknock said that it causes accidents on the roads the day after the Daylight Savings and that it should stop. It was a very interesting debate and we are very proud of the team going forward in the competition.

Following the juniors, the seniors went next. Speakers were Adam Hanlon and Aoife Ní Laoí from sixth year and Emer Keeling from fifth year. Also on the team is Sarah Oliver and Gráinne Honer. They were competing against Rockbrook Park School, Santa Sabina and Ardgillan Community College. The topic of the debate was “Is the Presidency a Waste of Money?” Donabate and Santa Sabina both argued that the office is a waste of money, while Rockbrook and Ardgillan said that it wasn’t. The debate was very interesting to hear and the points made were very good. The Donabate team argued that the presidency was definitely a waste of money and that the Taoiseach could easily do the president’s job. Santa Sabina said that the President isn’t important anymore in this day and age and Ardgillan said that the Taoiseach is too busy to do the president’s job. Unfortunately, Donabate were incredibly unlucky this time around and Santa Sabina and Ardgillan went through in the competition.

Everyone is very proud of both teams and we wish the junior team all the best moving forward in the competition.

Written by Ali Kavanagh and Ciara Kavanagh, TY Journalism Students.