As the original debating society, the Hist helped set the model for similar societies around the world, in Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and Yale, and throughout the British Isles and the United States. In February 1815, CHS committee members travelled to Cambridge University to assist the foundation of their debating union, a society which exists to this day as one of CHS’s sister organisations.
The Hist’s Wednesday Night Debate is the Society’s flagship event. It often attracts hundreds of students and prominent figures from the world of politics, media and the arts. In its time it has been addressed by figures such as W.B Yeats, William Churchill, Ted Kennedy, Bob Geldof, and Desmond Tutu.
This coming session will be no different. In the first term, the Hist will be welcoming Professor Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel Laureate in Economics, former Chief Economist of the World Bank and Chairman of the Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisors. After that the society will be addressed by Professor Noam Chomsky, deemed by the New York Times to be ‘arguably the most important intellectual alive’ and Robert Fisk who has interviewed Osama Bin Laden three times and holds more international awards for journalism than any other foreign correspondent.
Although the Hist acknowledges that debating is in of itself is an exceptionally sexy activitiy, it also offers other opportunities to have the fun. During Freshers Week, the Hist will be having its annual Colours Debate against those wily L&Hers from UCD, and has arranged for Ardal O’Hanlon (Father Dougal from Father Ted) to address the society. Vyvienne Long (Tuesday) and Damien Rice (Thursday) will also be giving very special performances.
The Hist will also be arranging the cheapest nights out in the best clubs in Dublin, with a Traffic Light Ball in D|two on the Monday, a Beach Party in Bondi on Tuesday, and the annual Freshers Week Ball in XX1 on Wednesday.
College Historical Society (HIST)
Graduate Memorial Building
The Graduates Memorial Building is one of the finest Victorian neo-gothic building in Ireland. The exaggerated proportions of the facade and the ornately carved stonework make it stand out amongst the reserved classical architecture that characterizes the remainder of Front Square.
On the first floor, you will find the Conversation Room, with its couches, tables and commanding view of Front Square. The next door is the Hist Committee Room, where the hard-working men and women on committee do their work.
Up on the second floor, through the double doors are found the snooker rooms. There are six tables here, and our members can play for a ridiculously cheap sum. Equipment is of course provided, and the supervisor is there to sort out any problems.T
The top floor of the GMB houses a computer room, with 35 computers, and the Hist's library, which contains part of our collection of books and manuscripts, and is an ideal place to study.
G.M.B. OPENING HOURS:
Conversation Room 8.30am - 7.00pm
Snooker Rooms 11.00am - 7.00pm
Resource Room 9.00am - 7.00pm
Computer Room 9.00am - 7.00pm