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Phil success at World Debating Championships…

January 4, 2009


This year’s World Universities Debating Championship took place from the 26th of December to the 4th of January, and was hosted by University College Cork’s Philosophical and Law Societies. Over 300 teams from six continents descended on Cork for the intense competition. The Phil was well-represented, with three society teams attending: Ruth Faller (ex-President) and Kiera Healy (Registrar), Jonathan Wyse (Debates Convenor) and Brian O’Beirne (ex-Registrar), and novice speakers Andrew Linn and Shauna Maguire.

In an impressive feat, Ruth and Kiera were named the ninth best team in the competition – the highest place for any Irish team participating – and broke to the knock-out stages of the tournament. They proceeded through their octo-final, but were unfortunately knocked out in the quarter-final, and the Oxford Union team of Will Jones and James Dray went on to win the competition. This is the first time that any Trinity team has broken at Worlds since 2005, and we would like to congratulate Ruth and Kiera on a monumental achievement.

The best TCD speaker on the tab was Kiera Healy, who came 27th out of 624 speakers.