The excitement is palpable in Our Lady’s as a group of 5thYear students are polishing off their debating and drama skills as they prepare for the World Invitational Empire Mock Trials being held in New York in mid-November.
At the end of the last school year, the students from Our Lady’s who were then in Transition Year, were the first placed qualifying school from thirty two schools that took part in the National Public Access to Law Competition held in the Criminal Court of Justice in Dublin. This then qualified them to represent Ireland in New York in November.
Since then the students have spent time over the summer holidays and on Saturdays preparing for this competition under the expert guidance and direction of local solicitor Mr Paul MacCormack and member of staff Mr Eamon McMahon. When the group go State-side they will be dealing with a fictional case which is set in America and revolves around a man called Harry McCarson who is being tried for race hate crimes and Gbh.In his defence he will be using the 1st amendment – the right to free speech and also self defence.It promises to be an interesting case with pros and cons on both sides.During the week in New York, Our Lady’s team will play 4 matches against teams from all over the world and will get a chance to prosecute and defend the case.
The students involved includeAilbhe Brohan, Tara McArdle, Adam Dolan, Zara O’Gorman, Conor Brady, Anais McGuire, Charlotte Carragher, Ryan Buckley, Muireann Harrigan, Laoise Lawless, Katie Carragher, Sophie Silvester, Frances Horgan, Darragh Ruddin, Ben Connolly, Orla Duffy, Patrick Clarke, Dean Carragher, Mia Daly, Sophie Gray
Speaking at the school, Principal Mr Kelly congratulated Mr MacCormack, Mr McMahon and the students on their outstanding achievement commenting that ‘the student’s involved in this module have sacrificed an incredible amount of time fine tuning their preparations for this competition and spent numerous days during the summer holidays and Saturdays rehearsing and practicing. Their success at national level is a just reward for all their hard work and efforts and since winning here they have doubled their efforts in preparation for the World Mock Trials. I would like to pay particular thanks to Mr MacCormack and Mr McMahon for their expert guidance and their incredible generosity of time to give our students this wonderful opportunity. We as a school community would like to extend our good wishes to Mr MacCormack, Mr McMahon and the students as they leave for the World Invitational Empire Mock Trials competition on 14thNovember. We know they have prepared excellently and will give of their best. We would also like to thank our sponsors, too many to mention but without whom we would not have been able to give our students this wonderful opportunity.’
Families and members of the school and broader community will have an opportunity to see this group of young people put their debating skills and critical thinking on show as they are putting on a mock trial/show with a performance of New York-themed songs in Our Lady’s Concert Hall on Sat 10thNovember at 7.30pm, tickets available on the door. So come along on the night and show your support and encouragement for our young legal eagles!