buglar group

There was a great buzz among  senior students assembling in Mr Hughes’ History classroom for the final of the Bugler Shield debating competition on Friday, 24 April.  The competition, hosted annually by the Alpha de Beta Society, is a very popular event on the Bower calendar since the shield was located in a press in the convent a few years ago.

buglar prop

Using debating skills honed during many a lunch time debate, all of the contestants performed convincingly as they argued for or against the motion ‘That This House Would Vote for Hilary Clinton’. Proposing the motion were Eimear Devaney, Dearbhla Keaveney, Susan Carey and Caroline Kinsella while the opposing speakers were Carol Obaseki, Aisling Sheridan, Katie Devane and Ciara Rigney. Local politicians Gabrielle McFadden, and Mark Cooney were kind enough to adjudicate the competition and were impressed that the speakers acquitted themselves so well.

buglar opposition

It was a very close contest but the house sided with the government, who had proposed the motion.  The winner of the award for the best individual speaker award was Ciara Rigney, while the team prize went to Eimear Devaney and Caroline Kinsella. Well done to all speakers.

buglar team

buglar 3 girls