Nicolson Institute win National Gaelic Debate

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A series of excellent debates took place at the Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh during the National Gaelic Debate.

The judges; Jo MacDonald, Catriona Walker and Angus MacDonald were amazed by the high standard of the debates.

In the semi-final the first debate Nicolson Institute A, Catriona Bain and Katie Macinnes, were up against their compatriots from Nicolson Institute B, Eilidh MacDonald and Alex John Morrison.

Friendship was set aside for three quarters of an hour with both teams from the Nicolson demonstrating no shortage of skill in what was a very high standard of debate.

Catriona and Katie from Nicolson Institute A were the eventual winners.

In the second semi-final, the girls from Ardnamurchan High School, Rona Nicolson and Charlie Anne Pleming, met the girls from Tain High School, Iona Mercer and Iona MacDonald.

Yet again, the standard of debate was very high indeed and it was clear that both teams had researched and prepared their arguments beforehand.

Rona and Charlie Anne were the eventual.

The final took place on Wednesday evening at the Scottish Parliament and was broadcast live on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal.

Again the standard of the debate was very high and in the end it was the girls from the Nicolson Institute A team, Catriona Bain and Katie Macinnes, who took the honours.

The Scottish parliament Deputy Presiding Officer, John Scott MSP, who opened the event said: “The quality of the debate this evening was extremely high and all the young people involved should be commended for getting this far in the competition. A special congratulations to the Nicolson Institute A team who were the worthy overall winners.”

Pictured are the winning Nisolson Institute A team Catriona Bain and Katie Macinnes. Picture courtesy of Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament.