Midleton College Student Wins UCC Debate Award for Second Year Running

By Claire O’Donoghue


Congratulations once again to Midleton College’s own Laura Cosgrave (Form V), who was the winner of the Individual Award in the Grand Final of the Senior Philosoph Debating Competition at UCC for the second year running. Laura spoke diligently and intelligently for 7 minutes opposing the Motion that “In race and minority studies, Universities should only hire professors from the same minority background that they teach in”. Not only is Laura  the first student in many years from Midleton College to reach the finals of the Debating Competition last year and win, she is now also the only student to keep hold of the title of the prestigious award.

Speaking with The East Cork Journal, Laura's Debating Coach and History teacher at Midleton College, Chris Baker, said, "We, as a school, are immensely proud of Laura and all her achievements, including this Debating Competition. She has once again represented both herself and Midleton College with distinction. “Laura is a respected mentor in the Midleton College Debating Club for its younger members, and is always happy to offer her guidance”.

University College Cork Philosophical Society, founded in 1850-51, is both the oldest Society in the University and one of the most prestigious. The “Philosoph” carries out a number of functions, including the hosting of weekly debates with high profile guest speakers, participating in debating competitions nationally and internationally, running workshops for the students of UCC to develop their public speaking skills, and organising competitions for school children.

Excellent work, Laura, and congratulations on your continuing achievements.