PORTLAOISE Library recently hosted the first of what will be an annual schools debating competition.
The motion for the debate was ‘That this house believes that the internet will never replace the public library’ It was an extremely interesting and competitive debate and the judges applauded the students for the sophistication of their arguments and the standard of research done.
The proposing side, Portlaoise College argued that the public library has never been so badly needed by local communities, that it the last truly democratic space, provides a unique public service and promotes literacy and the love of books. Scoil Chriost Ri argued that the internet is the way of the future and the convenience and availability of online will soon render the library obsolete.
The students were second year students, but the standard of the debate impressed both the judges and the audience.
The best individual speaker on the night was Shannon Ryan of Portlaoise College. The team that carried the motion, and won the debate was Corey Marum, Amber Marum Crossan, Kerry Carroll Talbot and Shannon Ryan from Portlaoise College.