Belvedere College SJ has a long tradition of debating. It is available in all years in school. House debates are held regularly for Junior Cycle students (Rudiments and Grammar have joint debates while Elements debates take place on separate occasions). Inter -class debates and inter year debates take place under this format.

The Annual Past v Present Debate takes place between the Past Pupils and Current Pupils in November each year. It has been running for over 30 years.

The school takes part in many different competitions. The details are below:


Junior Cycle:

  • Junior Schools Debating Competition (prepared – Leinster)
  • Kilkenny College Junior Mace
  • ICYD (International Competition for Young Debaters)- international Mace competition
  • The Matheson National Junior Mace amongst others
  • St. Conleth’s College Mace
  • CCC Junior Mace
  • Belvedere College SJ Mace
  • Loreto College Mace


Senior Cycle:

  • UCD L & H Mace
  • CHS Mace (TCD Hist)
  • NUI Maynooth Aoife Begley Memorial Debating Competition (prepared – Leinster style)
  • Phil Speaks (Mace)
  • Oxford Union Debating Competition
  • Cambridge Union Debating Competition
  • Wesley College Mace
  • Leinster Senior Schools Debating Competition amongst others

French Debating

Irish Debating

Spanish Debating

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