What College debating is about
is having a laugh. It’s all about meeting new friends, coming
out of your shell, and expanding your mind. It provides a new
and exciting chance to meet students from other faculties, and
improves your confidence no end. This year, LawSoc intends to
blast away your preconceptions with a host of exhilarating guests
airlifted from the corridors of power and A-list orgies, starved
for a few weeks, then dropped into a packed theatre for a celebrity
death-match with their worst enemy - drunk UCD students.
not give it a try? Like most other enjoyable evening past-times,
watching comes a close second to taking part, and getting paid for
it. Recognising that first years are the lifeblood of every society,
LawSoc plies the debating scene with a nice little earner for Freshers.
You’ll find gratuitous cash prizes on selected Thursday nights for
best new speakers. Then there’s the ultimate accolade of a Lawsoc
medal, awarded on the basis of performance in the weekly debates.
Our thrilling Thursday night debates
cover a whole paradigm of emotion - intense, funny, shocking,
and even cut-throat, as a host of dazzling celebs and powerful
politicians electrify Theatre M.
Be enthralled as Melanie Hill,
from the original Big Brother, insists that Reality TV has wrecked
her life. Hear the deafening clash as the Minister for Foreign
Affairs, Brian Cowen, locks horns with his “No to Nice” arch-nemesis,
Anthony Coughlan, throwing in Labour leader Ruarai Quinn, and
Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny for the full melting pot effect. Cheer
as DJ Carey and Dessie Farrell get to grips over GAA Professionalism.
Feel the Nuclear heat as our Environment Minister throws Sellafield
right back at his British counterpart and Sir
Debating also entices you out
of your shell, and is a great intellectual exercise, which cancels
out the drink-induced mind-rot we also encourage! Most importantly,
it’s a wonderful intro to the University’s social life, as you
perfect your charm offensive at the podium and then use it to
devastating effect in the forum bar afterwards. So don’t just
sit there, follow the money to the podium, and that’ll be 2
To see a list
of all debates why not check out the calendar.