Deasbad BT Alba 2013 only a week away

Sgoil MhicNeacail agus Acadamaidh Rioghail Bhaile Dhubhthaich.
Sgoil MhicNeacail agus Acadamaidh Rioghail Bhaile Dhubhthaich.

With just a week left before the 2013 BT Gaelic Debate begins competitors across the country will be busy preparing for this prestigious competition.

Twenty two teams from nineteen schools will be taking part in this year’s competition and Ullapool High School will be taking part for the first time ever.

This is a special year for the competition as 2013 will mark its fifteenth anniversary. Since its inception the competition has gone from strength to strength and it is now seen as a particular highlight in the academic calendar of Scotland’s secondary schools.

The first and second rounds take place on Tuesday and Wednesday the 5th and 6th of November at An Lanntair in Stornoway.

The first round gets underway on Tuesday at 1pm with the second batch of debates starting at 6.30pm.

Those teams who have successfully reached the second round will all debate the same topic on Wednesday the 6th and this begins at 2pm.

The four teams with the highest marks will progress to the final stages of the competition which take place in Edinburgh at the end of November.

Many of those who have taken part in the competition have forged successful careers in the Gaelic world and can be seen and heard regularly across television and radio. The skills which have been developed by the pupils who have taken part on the Debate have stood them in excellent stead in their chosen careers.

Chairperson of the BT Scotland National Gaelic Schools’ Debate Management Committee, Calum Iain MacLeod, commented: “I would actively encourage members of the public to go along and support the 2013 Deasbad BT Alba. Through the course of the first two rounds in Stornoway we see some excellent debates – a showcase of the strength of the debating and communication skills of our Gaelic speaking youngsters. I wish all the teams taking part in this year’s competition the very best and would particularly like to welcome Ullapool High School to the Deasbad for the first time.”

Further information on the BT 2013 Debate can be found on the Debate’s website at

The Management Committee would like to thank BT Scotland, the main sponsors, for their continued support of the Debate.

Additional assistance for the BT Scotland Debate 2013 has come from Comunn na Gàidhlig, the BBC, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, MG ALBA, Pròiseact nan Ealan and the Management Review Group for Gaelic.