Concern Debates: knockout phase

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Concern Debates: knockout phase

The information below is for the 2017–2018 competition.

Coin flip between team captains of St. Kilian’s German School and Athlone Community College 2018

Playoffs 2017–2018

Motion: “‘The European Union is failing Africa’”

Sixteen schools progressed to the Playoff Round and competed for eight of the sixteen places in the Knockout Round.

  • Fingal Community College, Swords, Co. Dublin
  • Davitt College, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
  • Athlone Community College, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
  • St. Mary’s College, Arklow, Co. Wicklow
  • Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon, Co.Longford
  • Scoil Mhuire, Trim, Co. Meath
  • Portmarnock Community School, Portmarnock, Co.Dublin
  • St. Peter’s College, Wexford Town, Co. Wexford
  • Ardscoil Mhuire, Corbally, Co. Limerick
  • Loreto Abbey Secondary School, Dalkey, Co. Dublin
  • St. Mary’s Academy CBS, Carlow Town, Co. Carlow
  • St. Joseph’s College, Lucan, Co. Dublin
  • Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ, Limerick city, Co. Limerick
  • St. Kilian’s German School, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14
  • St. Leo’s, Carlow, Co. Carlow
  • St. Joseph of Cluny, Kiliney, Co. Dublin

See the updated Playoff Round fixtures list here.

Knockout Round

The top eight schools without any byes in the League Phase progressed automatically to the Knockout Round to compete with the winners of the Playoff Round in early March.

  • Coláiste Chiaráin, Leixlip, Co. Kildare
  • Tallaght Community School, Tallaght, Dublin 24
  • Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
  • CBS Secondary School, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
  • St. Fintan’s High School, Sutton, Dublin 13
  • Rathmore Grammar School, Belfast, Co. Antrim, BT10 0LF
  • Cross and Passion College, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, BT54 6LA
  • St. Oliver’s Post-Primary, Oldcastle, Co. Meath

See Knockout Round 2017/18 motion here.

See the updated Knockout Round fixtures list here.


Our top eight school's competing for their place in the semi-final's debated the motion "Globalisation is a force for good".

  • St Fintan's High School, Dublin 13
  • Tallaght Community School, Tallaght, Dublin 24
  • Coláiste Chiarain, Co Kildare
  • St Kilian's German School, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14
  • Athlone Community College, Co Westmeath
  • Rathmore Grammar School, Finaghy, Belfast
  • St Leo's Carlow
  • Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty, Co Cork

See the quarter-final fixtures list here.


The Semi-Finals 2017-2018 will take place on Thursday, 19 April in the Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, Dublin.

The schools that made it into the semi-final are:

  • Athlone Community College, Co Westmeath
  • St Kilian's German School, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14
  • Tallaght Community School, Tallaght, Dublin 24
  • Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty, Co Cork

The motion for the semi-final is "Sanctions are an effective foreign policy tool".

See the semi-final fixture's list here

National Final

The Concern Debates National Final took place on Thursday 3rd of May. St Kilian’s German School of Dublin and Athlone Community College went head to head in a fantastic debate exploring the motion – ‘To achieve the SDGs, we must rekindle the spirit of 1968’. Both teams presented fantastic arguments, and displayed great skills in rebuttal, public speaking and use of sources. St Kilian’s were the winners on the night and will be travelling to visit Concern programmes in Kenya this summer. Our fantastic runners up, Athlone Community College will be travelling with Concern to visit the European parliament and the Hague this summer also.

Congratulations to all teams who entered this year’s Concern Debates competition. Registration for the 2018/19 competition will open this August. Please contact Concern Debates HQ [email protected] for more information.

St Kilian's, Concern Debates Final Winners 2018