It has been another fantastic year for debating in CBC. They have retained the Leinster Championship title from last year and added victories in Trinity College, Wesley College, finals in UCD, NUI Maynooth and Durham University at the worlds largest schools competition. They have launched an exciting new programme for students in the junior cycle which they hope will produce future champions and have taken their first forays into the world of Model United Nations. The Great Debate at CBC has become a landmark calendar event where annually a contentious issue is raised and openly debated. This evening the teams were representing Loreto Foxrock, St Josephs of Cluny and CBC. Parents, students, past-pupils, staff, family and friends gathered for the debate. Former Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan was one of the guest adjudicators. He congratulated the students and said there was great hope for the future listening to their lively debate. He said the judging was very tight and the judges were divided on their selection. CBC students Michael Barton and Kevin Dooney(last years Leinster Champions) who opposed the motion, were the winning team and Stephen Stack CBC (one of this years Leinster Finalists) who supported the proposition gained the prize for Winning Speaker. Eamon Ryan presented the Trophy and Shield after which John Gallagher of the Parents Council thanked him for attending and presented him with a thank-you gift.