Both Hist teams put in an excellent performance to reach the Octo-Finals of the recent World Universities Debating Championships in Botswana. Hist A (Anthony McDonnell and Kate Oliver) broke to the knock-out rounds in 32nd place out of 300 teams, while Hist B (Catherine Murphy and Niamh Ni Mhaoileoin) broke in 5th place. This is an exceptional achievement by our teams – no Irish debating society has had both its teams reach the knock-outs since UCC Philosoph did so in 2005. Niamh Ni Mhaoileoin was also ranked 8th best individual speaker in the world at the tournament. Congratulations to all four speakers, and to Worlds coach Ruth Faller – their hard work throughout the year has paid off.