Past Events

  • 12Sep

    GIBs Night 2015

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    GIBS night is Lit & Deb’s event to welcome Freshers! You can get up and speak about anything in the [...]  Read More →
  • 26Mar

    AGM of the 168th Session

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    It is time to elect the committee of the 169th session of the Literary and Debating Society. This is also the time to [...]  Read More →
  • 19Mar

    Speaker of the Year 2015

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    This is our biggest, most exciting internal competition of the year, featuring all our best speakers. This includes winners [...]  Read More →
  • 12Mar

    Obama Debate

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    The motion before the house this Thursday is “This House Considers the Presidency of Barack Obama a Failure”. I [...]  Read More →
  • 05Mar

    Social Media Panel

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    Over the last decade social media has revolutionised our work, education, personal relationships, and even activism. [...]  Read More →
  • 26Feb

    Internal Maidens Final 2015

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    Thursday night, Lit & Deb will replace the usual event with the final round of our own internal Maidens Competition! The [...]  Read More →
  • 16Feb

    Bring Your Own Motion Night 2015

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    This Thursday we’re having ourselves another Bring Your Own Motion, and in case you couldn’t deduce this from the [...]  Read More →
  • 12Feb

    Hacks and Heroes 2015

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    Hacks and Heroes is a very special night in Lit&Deb. We have many of our former members coming back to the Kirwan to [...]  Read More →
  • 05Feb

    The Israel Debate

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    The motion before house is: “This House Would offer a one-state solution” (Israel) Speaking for proposition we [...]  Read More →
  • 29Jan

    Irish War of Independence Debate

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    The conflict between Irish and British forces reached a tipping point in 1919, when the sinn fein lead government declared [...]  Read More →
  • 22Jan

    TP O’Connor 2015

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    T.P O’Connor is a traditional LitnDeb evening where anyone can make any speech they wish, to compete for a super [...]  Read More →
  • 15Jan

    Legalisation of Marijuana Debate

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    The house will debate the benefits and lack thereof of legalising marijuana. Is taking it off the streets and placing it into [...]  Read More →
  • 27Nov

    Internal Mace Final 2014

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    For our last debate of the semester, we’ll be hosting the final of the Internal Mace competition. Two teams from the [...]  Read More →
  • 20Nov

    The Inter-Faculty Debate

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    In a world where the apocalypse has come and gone, we must choose one faculty to rebuild society. Of course, taking people [...]  Read More →
  • 13Nov

    Poetry Slam

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    This week, Lit&Deb honours the first and oft-forgotten part of our name with the coolest and hippest kind of literary [...]  Read More →
  • 06Nov

    Irish Political Party Debate

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    The political landscape of Ireland is changing. Confidence in Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil plummeted following the fallout of [...]  Read More →
  • 23Oct

    Water Charges Debate

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    The introduction of water charges has been met with significant controversy, Water is a basic necessity and can be classed as [...]  Read More →
  • 16Oct

    Alcohol Culture Debate

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    The House debates the state of Ireland’s relationship to alcohol this Thursday. Alcohol has been a prominent part of [...]  Read More →
  • 09Oct

    Islam Debate

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    Motion: TTB Islam is a religion of peace. In recent times, Islam has come to occupy a central place in discussion about law, [...]  Read More →
  • 02Oct

    Bring Your Own Motion 2014

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    Anyone can propose a motion for the house to debate.  Read More →
  • 25Sep

    Prostitution Debate

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    Motion: This House supports the decriminalization of the buying and selling of sex. Is prostitution simply another service to [...]  Read More →
  • 18Sep

    Scottish Independence Debate

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    As the date for the Scottish Independence referendum looms closer, the margins between the Yes and No vote grows [...]  Read More →
  • 11Sep

    GIBs Night 2014

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    GIBS is Lit&Debs freshers night! The rules are simple: You get up, you make a speech about anything in the whole world [...]  Read More →
  • 27Mar

    AGM of the 167th Session

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    It is time to elect the committee of the 168th session of the Literary and Debating Society. This is also the time to propose [...]  Read More →
  • 20Mar

    Speaker of the Year 2014

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    Motion: TTH Would Welcome The Robot Revolution It’s that time of year again: time to crown our Speaker of the Year! [...]  Read More →
  • 13Mar

    Islamic Feminism Panel Discussion

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    In collaboration with ISOC NUI Galway In the West, media bias and Islamaphobia have made it difficult to get a clear picture [...]  Read More →
  • 06Mar

    Social Entrepreneurship Debate

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    This week we’re honored to have John O’Shea, the founder of international humanitarian agency GOAL visiting [...]  Read More →
  • 27Feb

    A Celebration of David Norris

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    Senator David Norris has done more for gay rights in Ireland than any other single person. He is responsible for the [...]  Read More →
  • 20Feb

    The Voluntourism Debate

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    In association with ALIVE we’re debating the merits and potential harms of individuals volunteering unskilled labor in [...]  Read More →
  • 13Feb

    Comedy Invitational 2014

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    “This House Regrets It’s Ability To Speak.” Is it enough to debate all weekend? Of course not! So [...]  Read More →
  • 06Feb

    Party Whip Debate

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    This House Would Restrict the Whip to Extreme Circumstances. Proposing: Sen Fidelma Healy Eames and Mr Larry Donnelly [...]  Read More →
  • 30Jan

    Family Panel Discussion

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    In this panel discussion we’ll be discussing the development of the modern family and its move away from the [...]  Read More →
  • 16Jan

    The Stem Cell Debate

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    “THBT There is no such thing as a spare embryo.” Embryonic Stem Cell research provides us with some of the [...]  Read More →
  • 21Nov

    The Big Pharma Debate

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    “This House Believes That Big Pharma Is Not To Be Trusted.” The pharmaceutical industry revenues are bordering on [...]  Read More →
  • 14Nov

    The Literary Convention

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    The Literary Convention is the major literary event of the Lit & Deb’s calendar and is held along with NUIG’s [...]  Read More →
  • 07Nov

    GAA Pay for Play Debate

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    “This House Believes That The GAA Should Pay For Play” Arguing the case for payment will be Ollie Turner, Head of [...]  Read More →
  • 29Oct

    TP O’Connor 2013

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    T.P O’Connor is a night when anyone may make any speech they wish! You pick the topic, and our panel of esteemed judges [...]  Read More →
  • 24Oct

    Torture Debate

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    That This House Believes Torture Can Be Justifiable. Torture is revolting. A man can retain his human dignity in front of a [...]  Read More →
  • 10Oct

    Arts Debate

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    Every year the Arts Council gives funding to various art projects around Ireland. The reality is however, that Ireland is [...]  Read More →
  • 03Oct

    Mental Health Debate

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    This week’s main business concerns the use of the medical model in mental health. The medical model is defined as a set [...]  Read More →
  • 26Sep

    Seanad Debate

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    With the referendum on the Seanad’s abolition just around the corner, the Lit&Deb and NUIG’s Alumni Office [...]  Read More →
  • 19Sep

    GIBs Night 2013

    (importedArticles, Kirwan Debates) 
    The Lit & Deb’s night to welcome new members with the years first Private Members’ Time and spot prizes for [...]  Read More →
  • 12Sep

    Launch of Lit&Deb’s 167 with Jeremy Irons

    (importedArticles) 
    Launch of Lit&Deb’s 167th year with Messrs Jeremy Irons and Rob Heyland. Event ticketed. Free to students of NUI, [...]  Read More →
  • 26Mar

    Annual General Meeting, 166th Session

    (importedArticles) 
    Date: Wednesday, 27th Febraury (tomorrow) Time: 7pm Venue: Cairnes Theatre, Arts Concourse A year ends. The committee of the [...]  Read More →
  • 19Mar

    THB the Catholic Church Should Get With The Times

    (importedArticles) 
    Date: Thursday, 21st February Time: 7pm Motion: That This House Believes That The Catholic Church Should Get With The Times [...]  Read More →
  • 12Mar

    The Colours Debate

    (importedArticles) 
    Date: Thursday, 14th February Time: 7pm Motion: That This House Believes That Patriotism is only Valid when Applied to [...]  Read More →
  • 05Mar

    The Syria Debate

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Date: Thursday, 7th February Time: 7pm Motion: That This House Believes it is Time for Western Intervention in Syria Venue: [...]  Read More →
  • 20Feb

    The Batman Debate

    (importedArticles) 
    Time: 7 P.M. Date: Thursday, 21st February 2013. Venue: KirwanTheatre, Arts Concourse Motion: That This House Supports The [...]  Read More →
  • 14Feb

    The Polygamy Debate

    (importedArticles) 
    This week, in celebration of Valentine’s Day, Lit&Deb is host to the Polygamy debate. Given the ever-increasing [...]  Read More →
  • 07Feb

    An Audience With George Hook: Is Hydraulic Fracturing Viable?

    (importedArticles) 
    Date: Thursday, 07-01-13 Time: 7pm Venue: Kirwan Theatre, Arts Concourse This week, journalist, broadcaster and rugby pundit [...]  Read More →
  • 24Jan

    The Arts Verses Science Debate

    (importedArticles) 
    Date: Thursday, 24-01-13 Time: 7pm Venue: Kirwan Theatre, Arts Concourse Motion: That this house would sacrifice the artist [...]  Read More →
  • 17Jan

    The Abortion Debate

    (importedArticles) 
    Date: Thursday, 17-01-13 Time: 7pm; Main Business 8pm Venue: Kirwan Theatre, Arts Concourse Motion: “That This House [...]  Read More →
  • 10Jan

    Diss Night

    (importedArticles) 
    Date: Thursday, 10-01-13 Time: Private Members’ Time 7pm, Main Event approx. 8.30pm Venue: Kirwan Theatre, Arts [...]  Read More →
  • 29Nov

    The Nuclear Power Debate

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Date: Thursday, 29-11-12 Time: 7pm Venue: Kirwan Theatre, Arts Concourse This week, the Literary and Debating Society debates [...]  Read More →
  • 22Nov

    The Developmental Aid Panel

    (importedArticles) 
    Date: Thursday, 22-11-12 Time: 7pm Venue: Kirwan Theatre, Arts Concourse This week, Lit&Deb hosts a panel discussion on [...]  Read More →
  • 15Nov

    The Socialist Revolution Debate

    (importedArticles) 
    Date: Thursday, 15-11-12 Time: 7pm Venue: Kirwan Theatre, Arts Concourse This week Lit&Deb debate the motion “That [...]  Read More →
  • 08Nov

    The Literary Convention

    (importedArticles) 
    Date: Thursday, 08-11-12 Time: 7pm Venue: Kirwan Theatre, Arts Concourse This week, instead of a debate Lit&Deb hosts a [...]  Read More →
  • 01Nov

    The American Presidential Debate

    (importedArticles) 
    Date: Thursday, 01-11-12 Time: 7pm Venue: Kirwan Theatre, Arts Concourse On November 6th, American citizens will vote in [...]  Read More →
  • 25Oct

    The Ghosts and Ghouls Debate

    (importedArticles) 
    Date: Thursday, 25-10-12 Time: 7pm Venue: Kirwan Theatre, Arts Concourse This week, Lit and Deb debates the existence of [...]  Read More →
  • 18Oct

    The Anti-Psychiatry Debate

    (importedArticles) 
    Date: Thursday, 18-10-12 Time: 7 P.M. Venue: Kirwan Theatre (Arts Concourse) Motion: This House Would Support anti-psychiatry [...]  Read More →
  • 11Oct

    T.P O’Connor, 2012

    (importedArticles) 
    Date: Thursday, 11-10-12 Time: 7 P.M. Venue: Kirwan Theatre (Arts Concourse) Motion: There shall be many, and they shall be [...]  Read More →
  • 27Sep

    The Pornography Debate

    (importedArticles) 
    Date: Thursday, 27-09-12 Time: 7 P.M. Venue: Kirwan Theatre (Arts Concourse) Motion: That This House Would lament the demise [...]  Read More →
  • 20Sep

    The Generation Debate

    (importedArticles) 
    Date: Thursday, 20-09-12 Time: 7 P.M. Venue: Kirwan Theatre (Arts Concourse) Motion: TTHB that things were better in my day [...]  Read More →
  • 13Sep

    GIBS Night 2012

    (importedArticles) 
    Venue: Kirwan Theatre (Arts Concourse NUI Galway) Date: Thursday 13th September Time: 7pm The origin of the phrase [...]  Read More →
  • 29Mar

    Annual General Meeting

    (importedArticles) 
      Venue: Kirwan Theatre Date: Thursday, 29th March Time: 7pm   And so, the time has come for the children to force their [...]  Read More →
  • 21Mar

    Speaker of the Year

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Venue: Kirwan Theatre Date: Thursday, 22nd March Time: 7pm   This week, Lit & Deb prepares to bestow the honour of one [...]  Read More →
  • 15Mar

    Euthanasia Debate

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Venue: Kirwan Theatre Date: Thursday, 15th March Time: 7pm   This week, Lit & Deb debates the issue of euthanasia. The [...]  Read More →
  • 08Mar

    Internal Mace

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Venue: Kirwan Theatre Date: Thursday, 8th March Time: 7pm   This Thursday, Lit & Deb hosts the first round of its [...]  Read More →
  • 01Mar

    Internal Maidens

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Venue: Kirwan Theatre Date: Thursday, 1st March Time: 7pm   This week, the best and brightest of Lit & Deb’s first [...]  Read More →
  • 23Feb

    Eurozone Debate

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Venue: Kirwan Theatre Date: Thursday, 23rd February Time: 7pm   This week Lit & Deb debates the continuing economic [...]  Read More →
  • 16Feb

    HIV Panel Discussion

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Venue: Kirwan Theatre Date: Thursday, 16th February Time: 7pm   This week, Lit & Deb discusses the stigma and [...]  Read More →
  • 09Feb

    Religion Debate

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Venue: Kirwan Theatre Date: Thursday, 9th February Time: 7pm   This week, Lit & Deb questions the benefits of theism. [...]  Read More →
  • 31Jan

    Civil Partnership Debate

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Venue: Kirwan Theatre Date: Thursday, 2nd February Time: 7pm   This week Lit & Deb debates the civil partnership bill [...]  Read More →
  • 23Jan

    Animal Rights Debate

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Venue: Kirwan Theatre Date: Thursday, 26th January Time: 7pm   This week Lit & Deb debates the position of the rights of [...]  Read More →
  • 19Jan

    Civil Disobedience Debate

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Venue: Kirwan Theatre Date: Thursday, 19th January Time: 7pm   This week Lit & Deb discusses what is justified and what [...]  Read More →
  • 12Jan

    Feminism Debate

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Venue: Kirwan Theatre Date: Thursday, 12th January Time: 7pm   This week Lit & Deb embraces and debases feminism on [...]  Read More →
  • 23Nov

    T.P. O’Connor Event

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Venue: Kirwan Theatre Date: Thursday, 24th November Time: 7pm   To mirror where the semester began, Gibs night, Lit & [...]  Read More →
  • 17Nov

    Audience with Colm Tóibín

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Venue: Kirwan Theatre Date: Thursday, 17th November Time: 7pm   This week, the Literary and Debating Society has the [...]  Read More →
  • 07Nov

    Northern Ireland Panel Discussion

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Venue: Kirwan Theatre Date: Thursday, 10th November Time: 7pm   This week Lit & Deb addresses an issue central to the [...]  Read More →
  • 17Oct

    Audience with Brian Friel

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Venue: Kirwan Theatre Date: Thursday, 20th October Time: 7pm   This week, the Literary and Debating Society has the esteemed [...]  Read More →
  • 12Oct

    Student Nurses Debate

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Venue: Kirwan Theatre Date: Thursday, 13th October Time: 7pm   This Thursday sees Lit & Deb discuss the proposed reform [...]  Read More →
  • 04Oct

    Church in Schools Debate

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Venue: Kirwan Theatre Date: Thursday, 6th October Time: 7pm   This Thursday sees the Literary and Debating Society of NUI [...]  Read More →
  • 26Sep

    Transgender Panel Discussion

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Venue: Kirwan Theatre Date: Thursday, 29nd September Time: 7pm   Topics for discussion on the night will include outlining [...]  Read More →
  • 20Sep

    The Presidential Debate

    (importedArticles) 
    Venue: Kirwan Theatre Date: 22nd September Time: 7pm (Candidates to take to podium at 7.45pm)   This Thursday the race for [...]  Read More →
  • 20Sep

    The Presidential Debate

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Venue: Kirwan Theatre Date: 22nd September Time: 7pm (Candidates to take to podium at 7.45pm)   This Thursday the race for [...]  Read More →
  • 31Mar

    Results of AGM for the 165th Session

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Results of the Annual General Meeting of the 164th Session for the 165th Session   Auditor: Timothy Morrow Vice Auditor: Sean [...]  Read More →
  • 24Mar

    Conferral of the Literary and Debating Society’s President’s Medal upon President Mary McAleese

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    ‘Conferral of the Literary and Debating Society’s President’s Medal upon President Mary McAleese’ Venue: Kirwan Theatre (Arts [...]  Read More →
  • 21Mar

    The Speaker of the Year Competition

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Venue: Kirwan Theatre (Arts Concourse NUI Galway) Date: Thursday 24th March Time: 7pm   The best of the speakers in Lit & [...]  Read More →
  • 13Mar

    The Embryonic Stem Cell Research Debate

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
      ‘That This House Supports the Use of Embryonic Stem Cells for Scientific Study’   Venue: Kirwan Theatre (Arts Concourse NUI [...]  Read More →
  • 06Mar

    An Evening With Warren Ellis

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Venue: Kirwan Theatre (Arts Concourse NUI Galway) Date: Thursday 10th March Time: 7.30pm This Thursday, March 10th, the [...]  Read More →
  • 21Feb

    The Maidens Final 2011

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Motion: ‘That This House Believes that, if Convicted, the US should Pardon Bradley Manning’.   Venue: Kirwan Theatre (Arts [...]  Read More →
  • 15Feb

    The Charity Debate

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Venue: Kirwan Theatre (Arts Concourse NUI Galway) Date: Thursday 17th February Time: 7pm Speakers: Alan Kerins – from [...]  Read More →
  • 07Feb

    An Audience With Max Brooks

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Venue: Kirwan Theatre (Arts Concourse NUI Galway) Date: Thursday 10th February Time: 7pm (Max Brooks taking to the podium at [...]  Read More →
  • 03Feb

    The Galway West Election Night 2011

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Venue: O’ Flaherty Theatre (Arts Concourse NUI Galway) Date: Monday 7th February Time: 9pm   After a turbulent few months in [...]  Read More →
  • 31Jan

    An Audience With Prof. Paul Collier

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
      Venue: Kirwan Theatre (Arts Concourse NUI Galway) Date: Thursday 3rd February Time: 7pm   On Thursday, the Literary and [...]  Read More →
  • 24Jan

    The Economy Vs Environment Debate

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
      The Economy Vs Environment Debate ‘That This House Would Rather Have a Job than a Windmill’ Venue: Kirwan Theatre (Arts [...]  Read More →
  • 16Jan

    The Human Rights Debate

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Venue: Kirwan Theatre (Arts Concourse NUI Galway) Date: 20th January Time: 7pm   On Thursday 20th January the Literary and [...]  Read More →
  • 22Nov

    The ‘Bailout’ Debate!

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    ‘That This House Welcomes Its New IMF Overlords’   Venue: Kirwan Theatre Date: Thursday 25th November Time: 7pm   This [...]  Read More →
  • 14Nov

    The Music Piracy Debate

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
          Music Piracy- Friend or Foe? Venue: Kirwan Theatre, Arts Science Concourse, NUI, Galway Date: 18/11/2010 Time: 7pm     [...]  Read More →
  • 10Nov

    Bring Your Own Debate!

    (importedArticles, Minutes) 
    Bring Your Own Debate! When: 11th November Where: Kirwan Theatre Time: 7pm   This Thursday in Lit n Deb it’s ‘Anything [...]  Read More →
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