Concern Debates: latest news

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Concern Debates: latest news

Read the latest news around the Concern Debates for the 2017-2018 school year.

A celebration of Concern Debates adjudicators 

To celebrate the invaluable contribution that adjudicators across the country make to the debates programme, Concern would like to invite you all to an evening of fun, food and conversation! We'll have three celebrations over the coming weeks. If you can join, please let us know by sending an RSVP to [email protected].   

Dublin, 1 February, 7 to 9pm: Concern Worldwide 52-55 Camden Street Lower Dublin 2.

Cork, 8 February, 7 to 9pm: The Hibernian Hotel Mallow.

Athlone, 22 February, 7 to 9pm: Sheraton Hotel Athlone.

Invitation to Concern Debates adjudicator's celebration.

Concern Debates 2017-2018

We are now at the playoff stages of the competition and winners will gain access to the knockout round. You can find the playoff round fixtures here.

Certificates and awards

All debaters, researchers and mentors will receive an exclusive Concern Debates Certificate of Participation. Please contact Concern Debates HQ through [email protected] with details of your team’s names and we will post the certificates out to your school.

There are also a number of award categories which your school or mentor can be nominated for. We will notify your school if you have successfully won an award. Awards will be presented at the Concern Debates final in the Helix, DCU on 3 May 2018. Please feel free to nominate worthy candidates for any of the following awards:

  • Most involved team mentor
  • Concern Debates social media award
  • Hardworking Concern Debates team
  • Best supporters
  • Best whole school involvement
  • Best researchers
  • Best new school
  • Best article/review/blog about the debates
  • Best debates photo

Concern Debates finalists 2017

Sacred Heart Clonakilty, Co Cork

All Ireland debating champions, Sacred Heart Clonakilty travelled to Malawi in July 2017 to visit Concern’s programmes there. From the minute they touched down in Lilongwe airport it was a non-stop whirlwind of singing, dancing, learning, observing and participating. They travelled the length and breadth of the country, visiting Concern offices and meeting with community groups and beneficiaries. The trip made a huge impact on the Cork natives and them to continue to raise awareness and take action.

St. Mary's CBS, Co Carlow

Debating runners up, St Mary’s CBS Carlow had their share of action as they travelled to The Hague and Brussels for four days. Their action packed trip took them from the European Parliament in Brussels where students met with Dublin MEP Lynn Boylen, to Humanity House, and finally to the International Criminal Court in the Hague where they had the opportunity to witness a trial dealing with crimes against humanity. This European experience gave the four debaters an opportunity to reflect on how they are global citizens and the real world impacts of the issues they had tackled.

Debates on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter

We're on a number of social media platforms! If you're already on Twitter, you can find us @ConcernDebates to keep up to date about global issues and ask us questions all things to debating! 

We can also be found on Instagram @concernactive so please follow and tag us in your debates photos!

Finally, we often takeover the Concern Worldwide Snapchat account, so make sure to add us on concern.net!

Outstanding Debates registration fees

We are still waiting to receive invoice payments from a number of schools for this year’s debates registration fee. There are also a small number of schools who have yet to send payment for the 2015-2016 calendar year. Email correspondence has been sent individually to those schools concerned and we would greatly appreciate if you could arrange for payment to be submitted as soon as possible.

Please note that failure to submit outstanding payments owed will result in your school being denied entry to next year’s programme. The debates registration fee is in place to cover the administration cost involved in running the competition.

If you have any queries in relation to the above, please do contact us.

Get in touch

Interested in taking part or have a question? Email us now.