Sacred Heart Clonakilty won Ireland’s largest secondary school debating competition, which is run by aid agency Concern Worldwide, in a showdown with St. Mary’s Academy CBS Carlow at The Helix in Dublin where they argued many details about the United States president and his policies.
The four debaters literally trumped their opponents after successfully opposing the motion that "the Trump presidency will be a blessing in disguise for Africa."
The winning team – Captain Laura Walsh (16), Caoimhe Ni Shuilleabhain (17), Natasha Sutton (16) and Maebh McCarthy (16) – were awarded a large globe trophy, which they have since nicknamed 'The Donald,' in front of a packed venue, which included 80 of their fellow students from Clonakilty.
The debate was also watched online on Instagram Live and was also followed on Concern’s Snapchat and Twitter accounts.
As part of their prize, the debating champions will travel this July to Malawi in south-east Africa, which is one of the 26 countries where Concern Worldwide works to eliminate poverty.
Their team mentor and teacher, Eileen Harte, said: