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The UCC Philosophical Society the Philosoph is the largest debating society at University College Cork, Ireland. The Philosoph was founded in 1850, making it the oldest society at UCC. The Society carries out a number of functions, including weekly debates with high profile guest speakers, participating in debating competitions, running workshops for the students of UCC to develop their public speaking skills and running debating competitions and workshops for schoolchildren (including the Denny Schools Debating Competition). In the 1960s Seán MacBride SC and Nobel Peace Prize winner called the Philosoph “the centre of independent thought in Ireland” when discussing the state of the nation. It has been a feature of scholarly life in Cork for generations. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For the community in Florida, see University, Florida. ... 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Contents

Weekly House meetings

House meetings of the society are held every Monday evening during UCC's term time at 8.00pm, usually in the Kane Science Building- though larger meetings are sometimes moved elsewhere. The meetings usually begin with the reading of minutes of the previous meeting, followed by private members time. This is then followed by the main Debate.

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Guests

Guests have included Judge Maureen Harding Clark of the International Criminal Court, Iar-Thaoiseach Dr.Garret FitzGerald, Gerry Adams, Michael Foot MP, Adrian Hardiman, Catherine McGuinness, Michael McDowell Teachta Dála, Seamus Mallon, Sen. David Norris, Iar-Thaoiseach Liam Cosgrave, Princess Anna Radziwiłł, Erskine Childers, George Galloway (who walked out mid-debate) Nobel Laureates Mairead Corrigan and Seán MacBride. The official logo of the ICC The International Criminal Court (ICC or ICCt)[1] was established in 2002 as a permanent tribunal to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression, although it cannot currently exercise jurisdiction over the crime of aggression. ... The Taoiseach (IPA: , phonetic: TEE-shock — plural: Taoisigh ( or ), also referred to as An Taoiseach [1], is the head of government or prime minister of the Republic of Ireland . ... Garret FitzGerald (Irish: ; born February 9, 1926) was the seventh Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland, serving two terms in office; July 1981 to February 1982, and December 1982 to March 1987. ... Gerard Adams MP (Irish: [1]; born 6 October 1948) is an Irish Republican politician and abstentionist Westminster Member of Parliament for Belfast West. ... Michael Mackintosh Foot (born 23 July 1913) is an English politician and writer. ... A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters to a parliament. ... The Honourable Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman, (born 1951) has been a justice of the Supreme Court of Ireland since February 7, 2000. ... Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness, a Judge of the Supreme Court of Ireland and President of the Law Reform Commission [1], was born in Belfast in November 1934 and educated in Belfast and Dublin (Alexandra College, Trinity College Dublin and the Kings Inns). ... Michael McDowell (Irish: ;[1] born 1 May 1951) is a former Irish politician and a founding member of the Progressive Democrats political party. ... A Teachta Dála (Irish for Dáil Deputy, pronounced chock-ta dawla) is a member of Dáil Éireann, the lower chamber of the Irish Oireachtas or National Parliament. ... Seamus Mallon, MP Seamus Mallon (born on 17 August 1936) is a Northern Irish politician and former Deputy Leader of the nationalist Social Democratic and Labour Party. ... Senator David Norris David Patrick Bernard Norris (b. ... The Taoiseach (IPA: , phonetic: TEE-shock — plural: Taoisigh ( or ), also referred to as An Taoiseach [1], is the head of government or prime minister of the Republic of Ireland . ... Liam Cosgrave (Irish name Liam Mac Cosgair) (born 13 April 1920), served as the fifth Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland between 1973 and 1977. ... Noble Family RadziwiÅ‚Å‚ Coat of Arms TrÄ…by Parents Krzysztof MikoÅ‚aj RadziwiÅ‚Å‚ Zofia Popiel Consorts  ? Children  ? Date of Birth April 20, 1939 Place of Birth Sichów Date of Death - Place of Death - Anna RadziwiÅ‚Å‚ (born 1939) is a Polish historian, pedagogist, and politician. ... Erskine Childers was the name of two Irish leaders of British birth who were key players in 20th century Ireland. ... George Galloway (born 16 August 1954 in Dundee) is a Scottish politician and author noted for his left-wing views, confrontational style, and rhetorical skill. ... George Galloway (born 16 August 1954 in Dundee) is a Scottish politician and author noted for his left-wing views, confrontational style, and rhetorical skill. ... Mairead Corrigan (born 27 January 1944) was the co-founder, with Betty Williams, of the Community of Peace People, an organization which attempts to encourage a peaceful resolution of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. ... Seán MacBride (26 January 1904 – 15 January 1988) was a prominent international politician. ...


Famous members

The list of former Auditors includes Sean O Riada, Eoin "The Pope" O' Mahony and Ralph G Sutton SC. Former Presidents include Charles Haughey. See List of Auditors Auditor RC Webster won TV's Brain of Britain. Other members include Prof. Donnchadh Ó Corráin of UCC, Prof.. Kieran Healy of the University of Arizona, Dr Kieran Holland of the University of California, Colm O'Cinnéide [1] No other Irish Debating Society can boast that one of its former committee members has had a #1 hit in the Irish singles charts. Former Recording Secretary Brendan O' Connor achieved this feat with "Who's in the House?", continuing the long established tradition of eccentrics in the Philosoph. Sean ORiada (1931 - 1971) was a composer and band-leader Enfant Terrible John Reidy (Sean ORiada) was born on 1st August 1931 in Adare in County Limerick. ... In the Irish presidential election in 1952, the first held since the creation of the Republic of Ireland in 1949, the outgoing president, Sean T. OKelly decided to seek a second term. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Brain of Britain is a BBC radio general knowledge quiz, broadcast on BBC Radio 4. ... Kieran Healy is a sociologist at the University of Arizona and a regular visitor to the Research School in Social Science (RSSS) at the Australian National University. ... Berkeley Davis Irvine Los Angeles Merced Riverside San Diego Santa Barbara Santa Cruz UC Office of the President in Oakland The University of California (UC) is a public university system in the state of California. ... Image:BOconnorIndo. ...


Competitive events

The Society runs a number of internal competitions for members, such as the Lord Mayor's Gold Medal (individual competition), the Philosoph Mace (team competition) and UCC Maidens (competition for new speakers). In addition, the Society funds speakers in competitions throughout Ireland and internationally. A number of Intervarsity competitions are hosted throughout Ireland and the UK which the society participates in such as the UCD Vice-President's Cup, the Oxford Union and Cambridge Union Intervarsities and the National Law Debates in Galway. The Society also enters the John Smith Memorial Mace and the Irish Times competition. Internationally, the society participates in the World Universities Debating Competition and the European Universities Debating Competition. The society has enjoyed considerable success in international debating, with a team in the EUDC Final and two teams in the World University Debating Championship Quarter-Finals in the past year, while Auditor of the society for 2006/07, Diarmuid Early, won the Irish Times final in February 2006. As well as participating in competitions, the Society has a good record of hosting competitions. It became the first Irish Society to host the European Universities Debating Championships in 2005, with what is widely considered to have been the best Championships to date. It has also held the World University Debating Championships in 1996 and the John Smith Memorial Mace Final in 2003. The Philosoph will host the 2009 World University Debating Championship. Additionally, the society hosts its own Inter-Varsity each December. It dates back to the Mercier Cup of the 1970s whose winners include Charles Kennedy. Noted for its atmosphere, the Cork IV has become the biggest IV in Ireland. The Oxford Union Society, commonly referred to simply as the Oxford Union, is a private debating society in the city of Oxford, England, whose membership is drawn primarily but not exclusively from the University of Oxford. ... The Cambridge Union Society, commonly referred to simply as the Cambridge Union, is one of the largest student societies at the University of Cambridge and one of the oldest in the world. ... The John Smith Memorial Mace (known between 1954 and 1995 as the Observer Mace) is the foremost student debating competition in the British Isles and Ireland. ... The Irish Times is Irelands newspaper of record, launched in the late 1850s. ... The World Universities Debating Championship is the highest-profile tournament in university debating. ... The European Universities Debating Championship (colloquially known as Euros or Europeans) is a regional equivalent to the World Universities Debating Championship (Worlds) held in British Parliamentary style. ... The World Universities Debating Championship is the highest-profile tournament in university debating. ... The John Smith Memorial Mace (known between 1954 and 1995 as the Observer Mace) is the foremost student debating competition in the British Isles and Ireland. ... For other persons named Charles Kennedy, see Charles Kennedy (disambiguation). ...


Committee of the 158th Session

  1. Auditor: Ross Frenett
  2. External Vice-Auditor: Emer Harrington
  3. Internal Vice-Auditor: Conor O'Brien
  4. Finance Officer: Chris Hale
  5. Social Secretary: John Gleeson
  6. PRO: Kevin Hargrave
  7. Schools Convenor: Luke Harris
  8. Recording Secretary: Shane Lyons
  9. IV Convenor: Tiernan Fitzgibbon
  10. Development Officer: Will Sherlock
  11. Projects Officer: Cian Hargrave-Murphy
  12. Archives and Alumni Officer: Steven Cull
  13. School's Development Officer: Kevin O Toole
  14. Webmaster: Jean-Paul Frenett
  15. Ex-Officio: Gwen Boyle
  16. First Year Representative:
  17. Mascot: Leonard

See also

The College Historical Society (commonly known as The Hist) was founded in Trinity College in 1770 and traces its creation to the historical society founded by the philosopher Edmund Burke in Dublin in 1747. ... The University Philosophical Society (commonly known as The Phil or The Auto-Phil) is a student paper-reading and debating society in Trinity College, Dublin. ...   The Literary and Historical Society (L&H) is University College Dublins oldest debating society, founded by John Henry Newman at the same time as the Colleges predecessor, the Catholic University of Ireland, in 1854. ... The Literary & Debating Society (often referred to as the Lit & Deb) is a debating society of the National University of Ireland, Galway. ...

External links

  • UCC Philosophical Society
  • UCC Philosophical Society Wiki Archiving Project
  • UCC Philosophical Society Schools Debating Website
  • A comprehensive history of the Society up to 1980 by Donal Godfrey
  • A short history of the Philosoph

 
 

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