Public speaking / debating




Debating 2010 / 2011

(Thanks to Ms. Kelleher for promoting debating this academic-year)

The confidence to speak in public is fostered at Portmarnock Community School as an essential part of each student’s personal development.

Who Participates?

Every Second Year student participates in a Public speaking competition organised as part of the Pastoral Care Programme and all incoming First Years are invited to join the school’s very active Debating Society.

Senior teams are entered in all the major inter-schools debating competitions and the school is justifiably proud of it’s many past successes at both national and international levels.   Despite such successes, the Debating Society’s emphasis remains on participation within a supportive environment, lively and informed argument and fun for all its members.

Senior Debating 2010/2011

Phil Speaks

Well done to Evan Davis and Daniel Rea for taking part in this years Phil Speaks Competition which was held in Trinity College. It was a two day event in which many current issues were debated.
Good luck to past pupil, Catherine Healy (a Trinity College student) as she undertakes the organisation of this all Ireland competition next year!


The Senior debaters this year took part in the annual Concern Debating Competition. They competed in four rounds in which they proposed and opposed topical motions regarding Europe, the developed and the developing world. The team was made up of: Evan Davis, Kristina Fitzsimons, Orla Geoghegan, Klara Stejskalova, Daniel Rea, James Kinsella and Jack Mulligan.

Junior Debating 2010/2011

The Junior Debating club has been running on a weekly basis since January. First and second years have been introduced to different debating methods and styles. They have been privileged to gain extra knowledge and advice from past pupil, Catherine Healy. Ms. Kelleher and all the junior debaters would like to thank Catherine for coming into the school to help out. There will be an in-house competition for first years in May.

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