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The Irish debating team, winners of the An Carn competition - View Full Size Image
The Irish debating team, winners of the An Carn competition

A group of sixth form students from Loreto College Coleraine, Specialist School, brought home an impressive trophy for Irish Public Speaking from the finals of the An Carn Irish debating competition, held on Monday 23rd March.  The team-members, Aisling Devine, Sinead Lagan, Anna Maguire, Ronan McInvenny and Patrick Tunney, took part in a debate against trophy holders St Patrick’s College, Maghera on the entertainment value of reality television.

This victory was the culmination of an exciting week of Irish cultural events at the College, held to coincide with the celebration of St Patrick’s Day.  Through the course of the week, students took part in a wide variety of Irish-themed activities, such as ceilis, traditional music performances, sports events and quizzes.  An art competition was held with the theme of “Is míse Eire” (“I am Ireland”) for Junior students, and elections were held for students throughout the school to appoint a “Royal Family of Ireland” from among the school population.  Winners in this contest were Ronan Mullan and Adrienne Bradley (Year 13) as King and Queen of Ireland, Pearse McIntyre (Year 10) and Samantha Rogers (Year 12) as the Prince and Princess of Ireland, and Mairead Carey (Year 8) as the Royal Baby. 

Representing the College at the end of Irish week, the public speakers scored an impressive success in a very competitive field, and were greatly praised on their performance by the competition’s adjudicators.  Mr Brian Lenehan, Principal of Loreto College, paid tribute to the students and to their teachers, Head of Irish Bean Uí Mhainain and Miss C McNulty, for their dedication and enthusiasm in coaching the team, and in the running of such a stimulating range of activities for Irish Week.