Public Speaking & Debating

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Public speaking and debating play a major role in the co-curricular activities at St Joseph of Cluny. The objectives of the school in this area are:

  • To help students appreciate and cherish the right to free expression which we enjoy and which we too often take for granted.
  • To promote rational argument and discourse among our students and to promote the virtue of responding as opposed to reacting.

The public speaking and debating programme throughout the school includes the following:

  • In-house debating: This gives the largest number of students the opportunity to participate in public discourse with their peers.
  • Inter-school debating and public speaking competitions: Selected teams participate successfully in those competitions, consolidating Cluny’s position as a leader in the second level debating and public speaking arena. Cluny also hosts these competitions periodically thus exposing our students to excellence in this area.

Competitions in which Cluny has participated and achieved success include:

  • Concern Debates
  • Leinster School Debates
  • Model European Parliament
  • Forum on Europe (Public Speaking for Transition Year)
  • Soroptomists Public Speaking
  • NUI Women’s Graduates Public Speaking


2018/19 Concern Debates

Competing Schools Motion Date
St Joseph of Cluny v Marian College Individuals series about climate change must give up eating meat 15th October
St Joseph of Cluny v Muckross Park College Thirty Years on, the wold is no closer to ending the global HIV and AIDS epidemic 25th October
Saint Raphaelas v St Joseph of Cluny NIKE should be applauded for standing with Colin Kaepernick 14th November
Sait Benildus v St Joseph of Cluny The United Nations is no longer relevant 17th January

2018/19 Leinster Schools Debates (Junior Team)

Motion Date
Advertising should not be aimed at Children 26th September
The voting age should be replaced by a voting test 26th September
Athletes shouldn't be allowed use performance enchancing drugs 27th September

2018/19 Gael Linn Debates

Motion Date
We take care of our elderly in Ireland 19th November
07 2021
TY Achievement Folder Deadline
18 2021
TY Exhibition Evening for TY Parents
18 2021
TY Information Evening for Third Yrs and their Parents
26 2021
Sixth Year Graduation Mass
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Ballinclea Road,
Co. Dublin,
A96 DK13

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