Don chéad uair ariamh tá Coláiste Oiriall ag glacadh páirt sa chomórtas díospóireachta Concern agus beidh siad in eadán scoileanna as Cluain Eois, Coill an Chollaigh, Achadh an Iúir agus an Scoil Choláisteach ó bhaile Mhuineacháin. Is í an Múinteoir Laura Nic Amhlaidh atá i gceannas ar an fhoireann. Bíonn 4 ½ bhomaite cainte ag gach cainteoir agus bíonn ceathrar cainteoir ar gach foireann.
Coláiste Oiriall will take part in the Concern Debates this year for the first time ever. The school will host the first debate against Largy College, Clones proposing the motion “that aid to the developing world is a luxury Ireland cannot afford” on Thursday 20th October. On Thursday, 1st December, Coláiste Oiriall will propose the motion “that Africa’s growing population is undermining development” against Bailieborough Community School.
On Wednesday, 12th January 2012 Coláiste Oiriall will oppose the motion “GM foods is essential in the fight against world hunger” against Monaghan Collegiate School. A fortnight later Coláiste Oiriall will travel to Co. Cavan to oppose the motion “that President Obama is good for Africa” against Virginia College. This league phase will be replaced by a knockout stage from March onwards.
Four Transition Year students, namely Eoghan Mac Domhnaill, Máire Ní Fhearghais, Kayleigh Trappe and Meabh Ní Ruanaí, are representing Coláiste Oiriall in the debating contest. The substitute is Sarah Ní Fhailigh. The Concern Debates aim to promote an awareness of the global issues affecting the lives of millions of people in the developing world. The competition also hopes to encourage students to become advocates on issues relating to development, poverty, justice and human rights.
Marks will be awarded for opening response and definition, knowledge and understanding of the subject, relevance to the motion, use and variety of sources, refutation and rebuttal, ability to persuade, communicate and engage, logical and well-constructed argument, teamwork and summary and defence of team’s arguments.
Meanwhile Coláiste Oiriall will also be taking part in the Mental Health Public Speaking Competition for the first time this year. The school’s participants are Ruairí Ó Muineach, Séimhín Ní Dhonnghaile and Aimee Ní Ghallchóir with Ciaran Mac Cionna as substitute speaker. Again Múinteoir Laura Nic Amhlaidh will be in charge of the team.