Irish National Law Debates

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Date(s) - 10/02/2017 - 11/02/2017
9:00 am - 11:30 pm

National University of Ireland Galway


The Irish National Law Debates – also known as the Galway Open – is, despite the steep competition, a debating tournament with a deserved reputation for “the craic” and for friendliness, a reputation that is truly in keeping with it’s setting in the western coastal city of Galway, the Cultural Heart of Ireland.

This year, we will offer you an amazing CA(Chief Adjudication) team, as well as great food, including a buffet dinner (and final) in a 4-star hotel. Alongside an Open break to semis (after 5 rounds of seven-minute speeches), we are pleased to announce, for the first time in the competition’s history, that we will also host a separate Novices break to Finals!

Team Cap: 72
Reg fees: €75 per team

CA (Chief Adjudicators) Team:
Hannah Beresford
Kelly Doherty
Tim Squirrell
Sarah Ní Sheóinín

Equity team:
Kate Muldowney & Eoghan Finn
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Convenorship team:
Alex Burke & Thomas Creamer – Co-Convenors
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Registration form:


Friday (10th February 2017)
1-2pm: Registration
2-3pm: Briefings
3-5pm: Round 1
5-7pm: Round 2
7-8pm: Dinner
8-10pm: Round 3
10pm – Late: Social (Finger food from 10:30pm)

Saturday (11th February 2017)
9:30am-10:15am: Registration and Breakfast
10:15am-10:45am: Briefings
10:45am-12:45pm: Round 4
12:45pm-2pm: Lunch
2-4pm: Round 5
4-6:30pm: Break Announce/Semi Finals/Novice Final
6:30pm-8:30pm: Transport to Hotel and Buffet Dinner
8:30pm-10pm: Grand Final
10pm-12am: Social and Final Announce

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