The Hist team of Niamh Ní Mhaoileoin and Catherine Murphy deserve another round of our heartiest congratulations, having reached the final of the European Universities Debating Championships, this year hosted in Galway. Niamh and Catherine – or TCD Hist B as they were known on the tab – were the top-breaking team on the Wednesday night of the competition and stormed through their quarter- and semi-final rounds to reach a thrilling final, on the motion That This House Believes the State Should Pay Reparations to Women. Despite a superb performance from both speakers in the final, they lost out in the end to Oxford A, the team of Hugh Burns and Benjamin Woolgar.
Both Catherine and Niamh were highly placed on the individual speaker tab, with Niamh ranked third in the competition and Catherine crowned the best speaker in Europe 2011. Many congratulations are due to both.