The Irish Times Debating final Heads to Limerick

5th February 2009

The most prestigious college debating final in Ireland is set to make a return visit to Limerick after a 16 year absence. The Irish Times Debate, the national debating championship, makes a return to the University of Limerick campus for the first time since 1993.

The final will take place on Friday, February 20th, in the Kemmy Business School on the university campus at 7pm. The motion for debate is This House Believes the Partition of Ireland Should Remain Permanent.

It is a fantastic achievement for the University of Limerick and for the UL Debating Union, whose successful bid is the reason the final is being held in Limerick. The Union is delighted to be hosting the event and it’s an achievement they are very proud to have attained.

The committee of UL Debating Union are working enthusiastically to prepare for the forthcoming event and appreciate the support of the University’s Law Department in assisting them.

The Irish Times Debate final is the highlight of the Irish debating calendar and will showcase some of the finest debating talent the country has to offer. Previous winners include comedian Dara O’Brian, broadcaster Marian Finucane and Supreme Court judge Adrian Hardiman.  Runners up include former Táiniste Mary Harney, T.D., and former president Mary Robinson.

The competition is unique in that it consists of both teams and individual speakers. Initially between 150 and 170 entered the competition, a number which has since been whittled down through the various rounds of competition. The competition was convened this year by former winner, Barry Glynn.

The overall winners will travel to the US as guests of the National Parliamentary Debate Association where they will undertake a debating tour of some of the finest debating colleges in the States.

The four best teams and the four best individual speakers will  battle it out for the grand prize. These speakers will be representing Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and King’s Inns.

Members of the public who are interested in attending the debate final are welcome to come along and should email to obtain tickets.

Laura Ryan
Communications Officer
Limerick City and County Council
Phone: 061-407100

Last update:19/02/2014