Founded in 1850/51, University College Cork’s Philosophical Society is both the oldest society in the university and one of the most prestigious.

The “Philosoph” carries out a number of functions, including the hosting of weekly debates with high profile guest speakers, participating in debating competitions nationally and internationally, running workshops for the students of UCC to develop their public speaking skills and organising competitions for school children.

In the 1960s Sean MacBride, Nobel Peace Prize winner, called the Philosoph “the centre of independent thought in Ireland” when discussing the state of the nation. The society has been a feature of scholarly life in Cork for generations, and offers wonderful opportunities for social engagement.

This website and new blog is to serve as a hub for the Philosoph’s endeavours and achievements. The society archives in Wiki format serve as an open encyclopaedia that anyone can edit.

Our Upcoming Events

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Fri 24th November09:00The Cork IV is back! This year's IV will be held on the 24th and 25th of November in University College Cork. With an incredibly high calibre CA team, an open break to quarters, and a novice final, this is the ideal competition for Worlds prep and novices alike. Aside from the high standard of competition, we'll be having all of our traditional socials, including Christmas jumper karaoke and a Christmas dinner before the open final. Reg opens soon. The reg fee is €55 for Iona teams and €40 for non-Iona teams. Keep an eye out for posts about our CA team, which we'll be announcing shortly. Looking forward to seeing ye all in Cork in November! Provisional Timetable: Friday: Reg open 1pm Close 2pm Welcome 2.15pm Announce (1) 2.25pm Round (1) 2.40pm. Announce (2) 4.55pm Round (2) 5.10pm Dinner 7.30pm Announce (3) 8.15pm Round (3) 8.30pm Social 9.45pm Saturday: Reg 8-8.45 Announce (4) 9am. Round (4) 9.15am Announce (5) 11.30am Round (5) 11.45am Lunch 2pm Break and Announce 2.45pm ESL/Quarter Final 3pm Announce Novice/Semi 5pm Novice/Semi 5.15pm Dinner 6.30pm Final announce 8pm Final 8.15pm Final finish 9.30pm Social 10pm