Concern Debates: knockout phase

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Concern Debates: knockout phase

The information below is for the 2017–2018 competition.

St Mary's CBS, Carlow. Colm Heneghan, James Haughton Kellett, Eoin McGloin, Johnny Spillane, Photographer Ruth Medjber.2017

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 updated Playoff Round fixtures list here.

The top eight schools without any byes in the League Phase progressed automatically to the Knockout Round and will debate against 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


The dates of the Quarter Finals are yet to be confirmed but are scheduled to take place the week of the 19th of March. 


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

National Final

The Concern Debates National Final will be held on Thursday, 3 May in The Helix, DCU.

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