CBC Gold Medal

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The CBC Gold Medal is an annual Internal Competition organised by Christian Brothers College, open to individual students from all years. It is the most prestigious title that a CBC debater can win. One student has won it on four occasions, another three times and two have won it twice twice; with all others being one time winners. It has managed to elude some of the school's best debaters in the past, including the likes of Ross Frenett.

The first Gold Medal Debate was held in 1917. The medal was presented to the Society by Capt. Lanktree, who had been the Honorary Secretary of the CBC Debating Society in 1913. Originally called the 'Prize Debate' or the 'Lanktree Debate', the CBC Past Pupils' Union became sponsors of the event in 1931.

Since then, it has been held annually on the black tie Gold Medal night, when the Brother Elliot Declamation Prize and the Prize Debate (open to first years only) also take place. Speeches for the final are normally eight minutes in length. The event is usually attended by a guest speaker, who addresses the audience after the debates and the declamation competition, while the adjudicators are making their decision. Former guest speakers have included Alderman Mairín Quill, John Cushnahen, Judge A. G. Murphy, Rev. David Armstrong, Barry Galvin, Joe Gantly, Maria Fitzgerald (2010) Irish Times Foreign Correspondent and Brian Keenan (2011).

Previous Winners[edit]

  • 1947: Joseph Murphy (2nd Raymond O'Leary, 3rd Declan O'Keefe)
    Motion: The Thirteenth Century v. Modern Times
  • 1917: Leo Walsh and Brian McCaffrey (Joint Winners)

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External link[edit]

School Website