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Freshers Impressions…

April 1, 2009

On the Thursday 2nd of April, Freshers’ Impressions took place in Pacino’s on Suffolk Street. At this annual event, the Phil’s first years have a chance to practise their public speaking in a relaxed environment, making brief speeches about their experiences with the society. Older members also make speeches, passing on anecdotes from years gone by. To celebrate our heritage as a paper-reading society, Alannah nic Phaidin, who came to Trinity on an exchange programme from the University of Florida, presented a brief, humorous paper about her time in the Phil. Over the course of an extremely enjoyable evening, freshers, members of council and ordinary members of the society shared their favourite Phil stories. We’d like to congratulate Alannah for her excellent paper, and thank our friends at Pacino’s for their hospitality.


The Trials of Oscar Wilde…

March 4, 2009

The Trials of Oscar Wilde

On Thursday the 4th of March, the Phil once again hosted the re-enactment of the Trials of Oscar Wilde. The original performance of the trials towards the end of last year was a massive sucess and a true credit to the students who had tirelessly organised it. To see pictures of last year’s performance, click here.

Oscar Wilde was one of the most renowned student of Trinity College (and during his time at Trinity, he was a member of the society). Wilde’s trials, led to his two year imprisonment in Reading gaol for ‘acts of gross indecency’.

The re-enactment was written by ordinary members, Marianne Cassidy and Davey Kelleher using transcripts from the original trial. The performance took place in the period settings of the GMB and encouraged audience interaction. Upon arrival, each member of the audience was treated like a jury member, and presented with a ‘book of evidence’ containing copies of the letters, poems and prose originally used to convict Wilde. Each member of the audience was also presented with a carnation (Wilde’s favourite flower – he was said to never leave his house without one).

Since the productions original performance, it was approached by the organisers of the Ennis Literary Festival, where it was performed in the Ennis Courthouse on Saturday the 6th March.

To read media coverage of the event, click here: Irish Times, Irish Herald.

The Trials of Oscar Wilde


The Honorary Patronage of Pete Doherty…

February 6, 2009


On Friday the 6th of February, the Phil hosted singer/songwriter Pete Doherty, one of the most controversial figures in modern music. Interest in Pete’s interview and brief performance was immense, with over three hundred students being turned away from the full-capacity Chamber of the Graduates Memorial Building. The event was unfortunately delayed due to the difficulties of flying between Britain and Ireland with the current snowy weather, but when Pete arrived, he did not disappoint.

Over the course of his interview, carried out by Hot Press’ Stuart Clarke, Pete discussed his musical career, his dislike of the intrusive press, his friendship with Shane MacGowan, and his hopes for the future. Inspired perhaps by his illustrious surrounds, he told the students that his ambition had always been to study English literature, but that it had fallen by the wayside. He talked about life as a father, expressing concerns that he couldn’t see his son enough to be a good parent, and discussed his twelve pet cats, worrying that “I smell of cat these days”. During his interview, Pete kept his acoustic guitar close by his side, often bursting into song, to the delight of the audience. He accepted several questions from the student audience, although did not comment on his much-publicised drug problems: when asked what, if anything, he would change about his life, he merely replied, “I would have started brushing my teeth more.” While most of the audience questions focused on Pete’s career, one rather forward student asked if he was single (he replied that he was), while another offered up his living room for a gig later that day.

Many members of the audience commented that an event like this – seeing one of their favourite musicians in such an intimate atmosphere, and being able to ask him questions – is a once in a lifetime opportunity. We’d like to thank Pete for giving his time to the society, and for coping admirably with the unfortunate delays.


Interviewer: Stuart Clark (Hotpress)

To read Hotpress’ report of Pete’s visit, click here. To read the Irish Times article regarding Pete’s visit and the events on the Late Late show, click here.


The Trinity IV 2009…

January 24, 2009


The 2009 Claire Stewart Trinity IV took place on the 23rd and 24th of January. The convenors of the competition were the Phil’s Debate Convenor, Mr Jonathan Wyse and the Hist’s Debate Convenor, Mr Niall Sherry. The competition was CAd by Mr Luke Ryder (twice runner-up of the Irish Mace, Finalist at the 2008 Cork IV and runner up of the Irish Times and ex-Registrar of The Phil) and Mr Ross McGuire (winner of the Irish Mace, Worlds Masters winner and euros semi-finalist). Friends and competitors piled into the GMB for two days of intest oratory and intense celebrations.

The motion “This house would adopt constitutional dictatorship over democracy”, and the four teams who competed in the final were:

Opening Government: NUI Galway Literary and Debating Society

Sean Butler and Conor Kelly

Opening Opposition: Macquarie University 

Felicity Wilson and Tom Hoskins

Closing Government: UCD Literary and Historical Society

Ian Hastings and Conor McAndrew

Closing Opposition: UCD Literary and Historical Society 

Julia Lawlor and Rebecca McGrath

The final was won by Closing Opposition, Julia Lawlor and Rebecca McGrath of the UCD Literary and Historical Society. The best speaker in the final was Tom Hoskins of Macquarie University.

The team and speaker tabs for the Dean Swift IV are attached. Individuals who desire the tab in different format should contact either of the convenors. Will Jones of the Oxford Union was awarded best speaker on the traditional speaker tab. Hugh Burns of the Irish Worlds Schools Team was awarded best speaker on the adjusted speaker tab, in which speaker points for each round were reduced in accordance with the number of years experience debating enjoyed by that speaker.



The Honorary Patronage of Dolores O’Riordan…

January 9, 2009

On Friday the 9th of January, the Phil welcomed singer/songwriter Dolores O’Riordan to receive the honorary patronage of the society. Limerick-born Dolores is the frontwoman of one of Ireland’s most successful exports, the Cranberries. She entertained a crowded Chamber with a brief interview, discussing a career which has spanned decades and seen her perform with greats such as Pavarotti, for audiences including Pope John Paul II. After this, the rest of the Cranberries joined Dolores for a short acoustic gig, performing classic songs like ‘Zombie’ and ‘Linger’ (their first gig together in several years).

We’d like to thank Dolores and her bandmates for taking the time out of their schedules to come to Dublin, and congratulate them for a fantastic show.

Read Hot Press’ account of the event here.



The Phil’s Christmas Party…

December 4, 2008

On Thursday 4th December members of the Phil gathered together to celebrate the end of Michaelmas term and the upcoming Christmas holidays!



Freshers’ Week 2008

October 2, 2008

Freshers’ Week has been fantastic, an absolutely huge success for the Society! After our weekend in Trinity Halls, we spent the week throwing a number of events for the new students, including speed dating, giant twister and a pub crawl. We gave away a Nintendo Wii to the winner of our Wii tournament, and hired a mechanical rodeo bull to give freshers the ride of their lives. We added thousands of new names to our membership list, and signed up a record number of students for our Maidens debating competition.

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Over the course of Freshers’ Week, we gave honorary patronages to Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records, and actors Jonathan Rhys Meyers and John C McGinley. East 17 made a special appearance at Club Philth, our annual club night, and we welcomed newcomers to the society with a lively comedy debate, on the subject “That Porn is a Blow for Freedom”. Throughout the week we hosted a number of bands, and provided free lunches everyday courtesy of our friends at

The Phil visits Trinity Halls for Freshers’ Weekend

September 28, 2008

On the Saturday and Sunday before Freshers’ Week, The Phil were delighted to take part in the weekend festivities in Trinity Halls. Congratulations to Ciaran Lyng who was the winner of our Sumo Suit tournament. The prize for which, was dinner with our special guest John C. McGinley (aka Dr Cox from Scrubs) during Week 1 of Michaelmas Term.

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Special thanks to the hard working JCR of Trinity Halls.