Dalriada take on Big Apple

DALRIADA School’s Bar Mock Team has been invited to compete at Empire VI: the World Championships of Mock Trial, for the second consecutive year.

The team won the Northern Ireland heats last November, placed runners-up in the National Final, held at The Old Bailey in March and were subsequently invited to apply to compete in the International competition, to be held in New York.

Dalriada is the only school to ever be selected to represent Northern Ireland at this level in the competition. They will join 35 other schools from countries such as Australia, Canada, Korea in the battle for the coveted title ‘World Champions’.

The team travel to New York on Thursday and will compete in four rounds of the competition, being marked by several specialist judges. They will spend three days in court, fighting a Negligence case in order to determine which school and country deserve to be recognised as world champion legal eagles.

The members of the team have spent a great deal of time preparing for this competition as well as being heavily involved in the organisation of many fundraising events.

The team would like to thank all those who have supported them in their fundraising efforts and in particular, the Law Society, who made a significant financial contribution. Many thanks go to Trolan’s SuperValu and Asda for allowing the team to bag-pack in their stores.

Several local businesses donated prizes for the raffle: The Bayview Hotel, Stephen Cairns Hairdressing, Portstewart Golf Club, Green Light Gateway Garden Centre and The Beauty Studio. Without these generous contributions, the raffle would not have been such a big success.

A special word of thanks must go to LogoWear for once again very kindly presenting the team with personalised T-shirts.

Dalriada’s Bar Mock Team will undoubtedly face some extremely tough competition over the next few days. However, to be given the opportunity to represent both their school and Northern Ireland is something that doesn’t happen very often, and so the team intend to make the most of every second!