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The AGM and closing of the 324th Session of the University Philosophical Society…

April 29, 2009


On Thursday 29th April 2008, the society gathered for the final meeting of the 324th session – the Annual General Meeting. The first part of business was the Election Overseer’s Report (EOR), presented by HMC Joe McCaffery, detailing the results of the elections. The second piece of business was the Officers Conduct Report (OCR), presented by Vice President Declan Meehan.

As the report indicated, the 324th session has been an enormous success, one of the greatest years of the society in recent memory. For further details, see the rest of this blog…

After both reports had been read, outgoing members of council (Officers, HMCs and MCs) delivered advisory speeches to the newly elected council. The final piece of business was the exchanging of keys and office to the new council, thus closing the 324th Session.


Elections to the 325th Session…

April 27, 2009

Elections to the council of the 325th Session took place in the eventing on Tuesday the 27th of April. The elections were overseen by HMC (Ex-Librarian) Mr Joe McCaffery. The only officership contested was for the position of Steward. Nikki Wong (MC) and ordinary member Catlin Sherry both ran for the position and after a close count, Catlin Sherry was deemed elected. For MC positions there were 19 candidates. Below is a list of those elected/co-opted along with details of their future positions on the 325th council:

Hannah Cagney – Pro Librarian

Anna Cosgrave – Vice President

Hannah Cogan – Pro Debates Convenor

Cathal Dunne – Pro Treasurer

John Engle – Pro Secretary

Keith Grehan – Pro Librarian

Olivia Headon – Pro Steward

Howard Helen – Pro Registrar

Paul Logue – Pro Treasurer

Shauna Maguire – Pro Debates Convenor

Sam Mealey – Pro Schools Convenor

Eoin O’Liathan РPro Secretary

Alanna Ni Phaidin – Pro Schools Convenor

After the elections, the society adjourned to celebrate at the Stages Head, our traditional haunt.

Nominations to the 325th Council…

April 24, 2009

Nominations for the council of the 325th session of the Phil took place at an extraordinary private business meeting on Friday the 24th of April 2009. Several candidates for the Officer postions were unopposed, and have been deemed elected: Brendan Curran (Secretary) will be President, Declan Meehan (Vice-President) will be Secretary, Sinead Waldron (MC) will be Treasurer, David Barrett will be Registrar, Kiera Healy (Registrar) will be Debates Convenor, and Dominique English (MC) will be Librarian. There is to be an election between Caitlin Sherry and Nikki Wong (MC) for the office of Steward.

Officer elections aside, there will be an election for Members of Council, where the following nineteen candidates are running.

Hannah Cagney

Anna Cosgrave

Hannah Cogan

James Doyle

Cathal Dunne

John Engle

Keith Grehan

Frank Harte

Olivia Headon

Howard Helen

Paul Logue

Shauna Maguire

Sam Mealey

Laura O’Farrell

Eoin O’Liathan

Alanna Ni Phaidin

Fergus Rattigan

Catlin Sherry

Andrea Waitz

These elections will take place on Tuesday the 28th of April, overseen by Joe McCaffrey (HMC, ex-Librarian). All Phil members not indebted to the society are eligible to vote.

Nominees for the future Phil Council, with members of the current Phil Council (including President-Elect Brendan Curran…who is about to have his legs waxed to raise money to send two Phil Teams to the European Debating Championships in the summer)

The Phil wins National Student Award…

April 14, 2009

The Phil was chosen to represent Trinity College at the 2009 National Student Awards in Athlone on Wednesday 14th of April. Hosted by the Board of Irish Colleges, the awards bring together representatives from all the educational institutions of Ireland in order to recognise their efforts and endeavours in their various society activities over the previous year. The society Librarian David Adamson and former President Ruth Faller, attended the awards to represent the Phil and Trinity College in the category of ‘Event of the Year’. On the day of the awards, they were interviewed by a panel of judges and had to give a presentation detailing the event. Beforehand an extensive application had been completed and a portfolio was submitted.

The Phil won the award, defeating some impressive competition.

Congratulations and thanks go to all those who were involved in the event, and in particular to the phenominally talented Marianne Cassidy and Davey Kelleher who unfortunately could not be at the awards (as they were preparing for their next production).

The Phil wins College Award…

April 8, 2009

The Society of the Year awards took place on Wednesday 8th April at the Hilton Hotel. The annual event is hosted by the CSC (Central Societies Committee) of Trinity College and honours the work of societies throughout the college year.

The Phil was nominated as one of the 5 finalist in the categories of ‘Best Large Society’. This huge sucess is credited to the hard work and dedication of our council throughout the year. Phil Fresher, David Barrett was nominated as a finalist in the category of ‘Best Fresher‘ and society Librarian David Adamson was nominated as one of the 5 finalist in the category of ‘Best Individual‘.

More excitment was to come however, when the Phil won ‘Best Event’ for it’s re-enactment of The Trials of Oscar Wilde. For this great achievement the Phil was also chosen to represent Trinity College at the National Student Awards (BICS) in the category of ‘Best National Event of the Year‘.

Phil’s ‘Philander Magazine’ shortlisted for the Student Media Awards

April 2, 2009

The Phil annually produces a magazine for its members ‘the Philander‘ which advertises the socity’s activities to new members. This year’s Philander Magazine was shortlisted for the 2009 Student Media awards in the categories of ‘Best Magazine’ and ‘Best Society Publication’. Congradulations are due to the society Librarian David Adamson who designed and edited the magazine over the summer whilst in San Francisco. His thanks are extended to society Registrar Kiera Healy for her extensive contribution, the Phil council (led by former society Treasurer Cearbhall Maguire) for their fundraising efforts and ordinary members Caroline O’Leary, Kate Tarlton and Michael O’Hare for their input and the time they spent proof reading the magazine.

Victory for The Phil at the Limerick IV…

March 7, 2009

The Phil is proud to announce victory at the Limerick IV, which took place on the 7th and 8th of March. The team of Kiera Healy (Registrar) and Edward Gaffney (ex-Secretary) won the competition, defeating world-class speakers in the final debate on the topic of Israel and Palestine, with Kiera also being awarded the prize for best speaker in the final. This marks the Phil’s first victory at an intervarsity competition in recent years, and combined with our performances at Oxford, Cambridge and the World Debating Championships, makes this the most successful year ever for competitive debating in the society! Congratulations are also due to the teams of Brian O’Beirne (ex-Registrar) and Shauna Maguire, and Jonathan Wyse (Debates Convenor) and Andrew Linn, both of whom reached the semi-finals.

Phil success at World Debating Championships…

January 4, 2009


This year’s World Universities Debating Championship took place from the 26th of December to the 4th of January, and was hosted by University College Cork’s Philosophical and Law Societies. Over 300 teams from six continents descended on Cork for the intense competition. The Phil was well-represented, with three society teams attending: Ruth Faller (ex-President) and Kiera Healy (Registrar), Jonathan Wyse (Debates Convenor) and Brian O’Beirne (ex-Registrar), and novice speakers Andrew Linn and Shauna Maguire.

In an impressive feat, Ruth and Kiera were named the ninth best team in the competition – the highest place for any Irish team participating – and broke to the knock-out stages of the tournament. They proceeded through their octo-final, but were unfortunately knocked out in the quarter-final, and the Oxford Union team of Will Jones and James Dray went on to win the competition. This is the first time that any Trinity team has broken at Worlds since 2005, and we would like to congratulate Ruth and Kiera on a monumental achievement.

The best TCD speaker on the tab was Kiera Healy, who came 27th out of 624 speakers.

Success for The Phil at the Cambridge IV…

November 15, 2008

On the 14th and 15th of November, Cambridge University held its intervarsity tournament. Two Phil teams attended: Kiera Healy (Registrar) and Ruth Faller (ex-President), along with Brian O’Beirne (ex-Registrar) and Jonathan Wyse (Debates Convener).

In a fantastic performance for the society, both teams broke to the knock-out stages of the competition, with Kiera and Ruth being named as the fifth best team on the tab. Brian and Jonathan made it through to the semi-finals, while Kiera and Ruth progressed to to the final, where they debated the composition of the UN Security Council with teams from Oxford and MIT.

We would like to congratulate both teams on a fantastic achievement, and wish them the best of luck for the upcoming World Universities Debating Championship!

Phil Speaks (Dublin Workshop)…

November 11, 2008

On Tuesday the 11th of November, the Dublin Phil Speaks workshops took place. Phil Speaks is a debating initiative run by the council and members of the Philosophical Society for the secondary school children of Ireland. The Dublin workshop was the first of several that will be run across the country, before the competitive rounds of the initiative begin in Hilary Term.

image004image010image005For futhur information on The Phil Speaks Initiative visit the Phil Speaks page