This year St. Fergal’s played host for the first round of the Laois debating competition. Schools came from around Laois to compete in various debates. Siobeal O’Toole, Aine Moynan, Noelle Powell, Caroline Dowling and subs Ruth Hyland and Sean Prendergast made up the senior team in St. Fergal’s. Supporting the motion ‘This house believes that the media is corrupting our society’ was ‘Scoil Christ Ri Portlaoise’. It was obvious that all the debaters put a lot of time and research into opposing this motion but unfortunately they lost out to the confident Portlaoise team. The judges gave lots of time to the disappointed team with plenty of advice and tips. We hope that they can take from their last experience and come back stronger in the next round in December we wish them all the best in future debates.