National Maidens' Debating Competition
The National Maidens' Debating Competition is one of Ireland's national competitions. It is the only national competition for individual speakers only. As suggested by the name, the competition is only open to maiden speakers. A maiden speaker for the purposes of the competition is someone who is in their first year of competitive debating at college. Any IVs or opens entered while in secondary school do not disqualify a person from entering the competition.
The competition is organised by a host society, which rotates every year around the major Irish debating societies. UCC last hosted the competition in 2012 (162th Session) when the competition was convened by Davy Jones and Aisling Ryan; the competitive debating officers in Philosoph and Lawsoc respectively.
|2014||TCD||Kelly Doherty (UCC Philosoph)|
|2011||UCD||John Doody (TCD Hist)|
|2010||NUIG Lit & Deb||Max O'Sullivan (TCD Hist)|
|2009||TCD||Dearbhla O’Gorman (UCD Literary & Historical Society)|
|2008||UL Debating Union||Niamh Ní Mhaoileoin (TCD Historical Society)|
|2007||UCC||Michael Pidgeon (UCD Literary & Historical Society)|
|2006||UCD||Andrea Mulligan (TCD Historical Society)|
|2005||Lit & Deb||Luke Harris (UCC Philosophical Society)|
|2004||TCD||Rachael Walsh (TCD)|
|2003||-||Hannah Murphy (TCD)|
|2002||UCC||David Whelan (UCD)|