Literary & Debating Society of the National University of Ireland,
The Literary & Debating Society of 1994/1995 was a
very ambitious and successful session under the auditor John Sweeney. Many
targets were set such as participation in the World Debating Championships at
The Debate started at on the 2nd of February at a traditional Lit & Deb night at the Kirwan theatre. The majority of the debate took place on the concourse at Smokie Joes cafe. The debate was easy to run during daylight hours and on weekdays. Crowds commonly gathered to hear, jeer and participate in the debate. Many shy retiring characters who under normal circumstances would never dear brave the crowds were compelled from their seats to contribute and one of the lasting outcomes of the debate was a large influx of new enthusiastic members of the society. Keeping the debate going at night and on weekends was more difficult. At night we would move to a room off the concourse. A core committee of eight convenors was established and a strict rota established of six hour shifts for which time an individual was responsible for the continuity of the debate. At all times a minimum of three people were required, a chairperson, recorder and speaker. An audience was not required although surprisingly we managed to attract one at all times even in the early hours of the morning.
times it was draining. However there were some wonderful moments. Our only
fainter called out as he hit the ground "keep talking, keep talking",
and we duly did. Some of those on the late shift saw no point in going home
once their stint was complete and found their way to the
hall for their scheduled lecture and enjoyed a short snooze prior to the
arrival of the class. All topics, sensible and otherwise were discussed.
Patterns, themes and subplots emerged which were covered on local and national
news media. Abortion, supply sided economics, and just warfare were debated as
well as conspiracies to take over the world, the relative merits of oranges and
apples and the utility of ornamental fish. Members of all faculties took part.
The marathon took on a life of its own and in the end could probably have gone
on longer. However on
concourse was a much quieter place thereafter and we all missed the camaraderie
that is only found at in
the morning while soberly thrashing out the relative merits of organised
religion. For all those who participated it will prove and enduring memory of
their College years and hopefully and enduring record and testament to all the
folly, adventure and intellectual endeavours of one of the greatest university
environments: the Literary & Debating Society of National University of Ireland,
Dr David Healy
M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O. (Hon) Class of 2000 NUI,
Chief Convenor World Record Debate 1995.
Lit & Deb committee '94,'95,'96, '97.