BT Gaelic debate semi-finalists announced

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Following an afternoon of intense debate, the four teams who will compete in the semi-finals of the BT Gaelic Debate 2011 have been announced.

Twelve teams battled it out at An Lanntair in Stornoway with the four highest scoring teams going through to the semi-final stages which will be held in Edinburgh on Tuesday the 29th of November 2011. The semi-final draw will see the Nicolson Institute battle against Gairloch High School and James Gillespie High School will battle it out on home turf against Millburn Academy from Inverness.

Calum Iain MacLeod, Chair of the BT Alba management committee said:

“On behalf of the organising committee I would like to congratulate all twenty teams who have given us a thoroughly entertaining two days of debating. Our three judges have had some extremely difficult choices to make. What is so special about the BT Alba Gaelic Debate is the opportunity it gives Gaelic speaking pupils from across Scotland to come together and build friendships, some of which will last for life. I wish the four teams entering the semi-final stages in Edinburgh every success as they begin their final preparations”.

The semi-finals will be held in the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh on Tuesday 29th November 2011. The Final will be held in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday the 30th of November 2011 and will be broadcasted on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal.

The Nicolson Institute and Gairloch High School will battle on the topic, “’S e amaideas a th’ ann a bhith a’ cosg ùine no airgead air a bhith fasanta” and James Gillespie High School and Millburn Academy will debate on the subject “Bu chòir an Crannchur Nàiseanta a stad”. As the final will take place on St Andrews Day the appropriate debate topic for the two finalists will be, “Tha thìde aig Alba ìomhaigh ùr a shireadh an àite seann eachdraidh, pìobaireachd agus tartain”.