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The College Historical Society (popularly referred to as The Hist) is one of two main debating societies at Trinity College, Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. It was established within the college in 1770, but traces its origins to the society founded by the philosopher Edmund Burke in Dublin in 1747. It is often cited as the oldest undergraduate student society in the world.

The society occupies rooms in the Graduates' Memorial Building at Trinity College, which it shares with the University Philosophical Society, and the College Theological Society. Prominent members have included many Irish men and women of note, from the republican revolutionary Theobald Wolfe Tone and the author Bram Stoker, to founding father of the Northern Irish state Edward Carson and first President of Ireland Douglas Hyde, and in more recent times Government Ministers Mary Harney and Brian Lenihan.

The main business of the Hist is a weekly chamber debate, in British Parliamentary style, chaired by a guest chairperson. The Society has been addressed by every Taoiseach and President of Ireland.

History[edit]

The TCD College Historical Society is currently in its 242nd Session. The society was established in 1770 by no less a personage than Edmund Burke (the first in a long line of TCD Irishmen who thought they were Englishmen), making it the oldest undergraduate student society in the world. Theobald Wolfe Tone was Auditor in 1785, with Thomas Emmet (brother of Robert) as a member of his committee. The Society was expelled from the college before the end of the century and only let back in on the condition that 'No question of modern politics shall be debated' - a rule which the Philosoph was still battling against in UCC in the 1980s!

Revolutionaries continued to make their mark on the Society: Robert Emmet himself was on committee in 1797, as was the poet | Thomas Moore. In 1812 the Provost had to protest against the dangerously subversive motion 'Was Brutus justifiable in putting Julius Caesar to death?'. The result of all this was that the Hist left TCD in 1815 and became the Extern Historical Society until 1843. Exile did not defeat the Society and |Isaac Butt and [Thomas Davis] are among the members from this period.

The Hist remained a powerful force in TCD throughout the nineteenth century; many former committee members went on to be Members of Parliament returned by the Trinity constituency. Bram Stoker was auditor in 1872 and Edward Carson, future Leader of the Unionist Party was Librarian. In 1864 members collected the money to build the statues of Edmund Burke and Oliver Goldsmith that currently flank the main gates of TCD.

Eoin O'Mahony, former auditor of the Philosoph also, was elected auditor in 1930 and impeached for proposing a toast to Ireland instead of the King. He made up for this hideous action by offering Edward (now Lord) Carson the Presidency of the Society the following year. Lord Carson declined on health grounds and suggested that Douglas Hyde be given the position instead - a moving example of Irishmen transcending their political differences. Irishwomen were finally allowed to partake in the transcendence when they were admitted to the Society in 1969. Mary Harney became the first female auditor in 1976.

The Hist has won the Irish Times Debating Competition more times than any other society.

The ban on debating contemporary politics remains in existence, but is quietly ignored in practice.

Current Committee[edit]

  • Auditor: Ronan Mac Giolla Rua (ex-Record Secretary)
  • Treasurer: Paul Molloy (ex-MC)
  • Correspondence Secretary: Éamonn Sweeney (ex-MC)
  • Record Secretary: Meg Beare (ex-MC)
  • Censor: Alex Puiu (ex-MC)
  • Librarian: Jack Kennedy (ex-MC)
  • Debates Convenor: Peter O'Donovan (ex-MC)
  • Events Convenor: Catherine Prasifka (ex-MC)
  • SMC: Dermot Davern
  • Members of Committee:
    • Ruth Lennon - Pro Treasurer
    • Mark Hennessy - Pro Correspondence Secretary
    • Navika Mehta - Pro Correspondence Secretary
    • Jake Trant - Pro Correspondence Secretary
    • Rory O'Sullivan - Pro Record Secretary
    • Kevin Smyth - Pro Record Secretary
    • Hannah Bowman - Pro Censor
    • Eunice Collins - Pro Censor
    • Kayleigh Newcomb - Pro Librarian
    • Tigran Simonian - Pro Librarian
    • Sam Brown Sch. - Pro Debates Convenor
    • Shubhangi Karmakar - Pro Debates Convenor
    • Doireann O'Brien - Pro Events Convenor
    • Aisling Dooley - Pro Events Convenor

Notable Guests[edit]

Political figures and public intellectuals

  • Gordon Brown, former British Prime Minister
  • Sir Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister
  • Edward Kennedy, United States Senator
  • Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, former French President
  • Clement Attlee, former British Prime Minister
  • Sir John Major, former British Prime Minister
  • Frederik Willem de Klerk, former President of South Africa, Nobel Laureate
  • Bob Geldof, organiser of Live Aid and Live 8
  • Bertie Ahern, former Taoiseach of Ireland
  • Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Charles Haughey, former Taoiseach
  • Desmond Tutu, Archbishop, Nobel Laureate
  • Liam Cosgrave, former Taoiseach
  • John Hume, former Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Nobel Laureate
  • Rev. Ian Paisley, former First Minister of Northern Ireland
  • Dr Garret Fitzgerald, former Taoiseach
  • Albert Reynolds, former Taoiseach
  • Shirin Ebadi, Human Rights Lawyer, Nobel Laureate
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson, civil rights activist
  • Dr. Sein Win, Prime Minister in Exile of Burma
  • Lord Paddy Ashdown, former leader of the Liberal Democrats
  • Laurent Fabius, former French Prime Minister
  • John Bruton, former Taoiseach of Ireland, European Union Ambassador to the United States
  • Jeffrey Sachs, Special Advisor to Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations
  • Noam Chomsky, Political theorist and public intellectual
  • Joseph Stiglitz, former Chief Economist of the World Bank and Nobel Laureate

Personalities from the arts

  • Sir Salman Rushdie, author of Midnight's Children

William Butler Yeats, Poet, Nobel Laureate

  • Sir John Mortimer, author of Rumpole of the Bailey
  • Jung Chang, author of Wild Swans and Mao: The Unknown Story
  • Joseph Heller, author of Catch 22
  • John Banville, Booker Prize winner and author of The Sea (novel)
  • Paul Howard, author of Ross O'Caroll-Kelly series
  • Jeremy Irons, Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Tony Award, Golden Globe Winner
  • Ben Kingsley, Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award Winner
  • Ralph Fiennes, Tony Award, NYFCC Award, BAFTA Award Winner
  • James Cromwell, Academy Award Nominee
  • Patrick Stewart, actor
  • Ardal O'Hanlon, actor and comedian
  • Joshua Jackson, actor
  • Tommy Tiernan, comedian
  • Dermot Morgan, actor and comedian
  • Neil Hannon, singer songwriter
  • Damien Rice, singer songwriter
  • Bill Bryson, author

Former Auditors[edit]

  • 1770-71 James Reid
  • 1771-72 Henry Duqueruy and John Robert Scott
  • 1772-73 Richard Frankland and William Day
  • 1773-74 John Blennerhassett and Richard Archdall
  • 1774-75 Rev. Edward Betty, Edward Synge and John Maunsell
  • 1775-76 William Lloyd, George Hall, and John Letablore
  • 1776-77 William Cleghorn, Rev. John Robert Scott
  • 1777-78 Edw. Mayne, William Saurin and Wardlaw Ball
  • 1778-79 John Whitley Stokes and Peter Burrowes
  • 1779-80 Luke Fox, John Lescure and Laurence Parsons
  • 1780-81 Thomas Marshall and William Baker
  • 1781-82 John Lloyd, George Moore and Henry Steward
  • 1782-83 Laurence Parsons and William Baker
  • 1783-84 William Archer Butler, Standish O'Grady and St. George Ryder
  • 1784-85 Robert Thorp and George Miller
  • 1785-86 Theobald Wolfe Tone, Francis William Greene and John Radcliffe
  • 1786-87 Abraham Steward and Stephen Rice
  • 1787-88 Jonas Greene and George DeLa Poer Beresford
  • 1788-89 Courtney Kenny Garnett, James Wilmot Ormsby and John Schoales
  • 1789-90 Maurice Magrath and John Moore
  • 1790-91 John Power, John Guthrie and Wm.Davenport
  • 1791-92 Andrew Galbraith and Thos. Grace
  • 1792-93 Richard Pennefather, John Robt. Galbraith and Edward Stopford
  • 1793-94 Thomas Corbett

The Society Left College, April 1794

  • 1794-95 Lewis Kerr, William Henry Ellis, Edward Lawson

The New Intern Est. December 1794

  • 1794-95 Thomas Langlois Lefroy and Edward Stopford
  • 1795-96 James Lyne and Robt.Torrens
  • 1796-97 Charles Crookshank, Irwine Whitty and John Jebb
  • 1797-98 Nathaniel Smith
  • 1798-99 Irwine Whitty, Thomas Ellison and William Walsh
  • 1799-1800 John Ellison and Thomas Maunsell
  • 1800-01 Silver Oliver, Francis Jones and William Henry Fitton
  • 1801-02 Samuel Mercer and Thomas Thornton Macklin
  • 1802-03 Roderick Connor and Chamberlaine Richard Walker
  • 1803-04 Francis Blackburne and William Sherlock
  • 1804-05 Abbott Trayer and Holwell Walshe
  • 1805-06 William Orr Hamilton and Joseph Henderson Singer
  • 1806-07 John Henry North and Hugh Brown Auchinleck
  • 1807-08 Arthur George Orpen and James Haynes
  • 1808-09 Edward Litton, Alexander Ross and Thomas Romney Robinson
  • 1809-10 William Wallace and James William John Lendrick
  • 1810-11 Richard Wilson Greene and John Martley
  • 1811-12 Martin Brownley Ritherfoord and Richard Hastings Graves
  • 1812-13 John O'Dwyer and Bingham Walker Hamilton
  • 1813-14 Carrol Watson, Richard Stack and Wm. Brooke
  • 1814-15 Lundy Foote

The Society Adjourned sine die On Feb 15th 1815 due to the actions of the Board of Trinity College

The Extern Society

  • 1821-27 Echlin Molyneux
  • 1827-28 Joseph Napier
  • 1828-29 Echlin Molyneux
  • 1829-30 Marmion Wilme-Synge
  • 1830-31 James O'Brien
  • 1831-32 Joseph Pollock
  • 1832-33 Isaac Butt
  • 1833-34 John Cochrane
  • 1834-35 Isaac Butt, Moses Wilson Gray and Wm. Ribton
  • 1835-36 William Ribton and R. Graves MacDonnell
  • 1836-37 W. Croker King and John Edward Walsh
  • 1837-38 Jas Anthony Lawson and Thos. MacNevin
  • 1838-39 Thomas Osbourne Davis and Jos. Sheridan LeFanu
  • 1839-40 Charles Palmer Archer and Francis Kearney
  • 1840-41 John Carley and Marcus Tuthill
  • 1841-42 Wm. Neilson Hancock, Edward John Synan and Timothy Joseph Lane
  • 1842-43 John O'Hagan
  • 1843-44 David Richard Pigot

The Revival of the Intern Society

  • 1843-44 William Connor Magee
  • 1844-45 Chas. H. Hempill
  • 1845-46 Edward Sullivan
  • 1846-47 Denis Caulfield Heron
  • 1847-48 Ed Graves Mayne
  • 1848-49 Finch White
  • 1849-50 Ed. Lysgaht Griffin
  • 1850-51 Hercules Henry Dickinson
  • 1851-52 J. Aldwell Nicholson
  • 1852-53 Fred G. Evelyn
  • 1853-54 Alex Geo. Richoy Henry King
  • 1854-55 John Fox Goodman
  • 1855-56 Jones Quain Pigot
  • 1856-57 Wm. Barlow
  • 1857-58 Wm. Bradford
  • 1858-59 Edward Gibson
  • 1859-60 David Rob. Plunket
  • 1860-61 Freeman Crofts Wills
  • 1861-62 Henry John Wrixon
  • 1862-63 George Alex. Chadwick
  • 1863-64 Thos.Teignmouth Shore and Robert Anderson
  • 1864-65 Robert Walsh
  • 1865-66 Richard O'Shaughnessy
  • 1866-67 Richard Ouseley Blake Lane
  • 1867-68 James Clarke lane
  • 1868-69 Henry O'Hea
  • 1869-70 Edward Blayney Hamilton
  • 1870-71 John George Gibson
  • 1871-72 Albert William Quill
  • 1872-73 Abraham Stoker
  • 1873-74 Cecil Robert Roche
  • 1874-75 Charles Loius Matheson
  • 1875-76 Rev. Richard Stewart Dobbs
  • 1876-77 Jes Hen. Mussen Campbell
  • 1877-78 Charles Andrew O'Connor
  • 1878-79 John Ross
  • 1880-81 John William Joynt
  • 1880-81 Wm. Fred Bailey
  • 1882-83 Daniel Kehoe
  • 1882-83 Rich. Robert Cherry
  • 1883-84 Jonas Waller Studdart
  • 1884-85 H. Cameron Lyster
  • 1885-86 John Cooke
  • 1886-87 Thomas Bethune Moffat
  • 1887-88 John Octavius Herdman
  • 1888-89 Chas F. Doyle
  • 1889-90 Gerald F. Brunskill
  • 1890-91 William J. Hardy
  • 1891-92 Wiliam MacNeile Dixon
  • 1892-93 F. Leopold Leet
  • 1893-94 F. N. Greer
  • 1894-95 A. E. Simms
  • 1895-96 W. Saunderson
  • 1896-97 Beauclerk Upington
  • 1897-98 George Freeman Irwin
  • 1898-99 John Charles Weir
  • 1899-1900 Ernest Victor Longworth
  • 1900-01 John Edward Walsh
  • 1901-02 Guillamore O'Grady
  • 1902-03 James Andrews
  • 1903-04 John M. Fitzgerald
  • 1904-05 Henry Lloyd Cowdy
  • 1905-06 Harold Lawson Murphy
  • 1906-07 Thomas Sidney C. Dagg
  • 1907-08 John Gerald Dougherty
  • 1908-09 James Harvey Monroe
  • 1909-1910 Wm. Hugh O'Grady
  • 1910-11 Arthur P. I. Samuels
  • 1911-12 Valentine Holmes
  • 1912-13 James Maxwell Henry and Arthur C. Davies
  • 1913-14 Edwin Stephen Lemass
  • 1914-15 T. D. M. Bartley
  • 1915-16 I. Roundtree
  • 1916-17 I.Roundtree
  • 1917-18 I.Roundtree and T. C. K. Moore
  • 1918-19 T. C. K.Moore
  • 1919-20 C. J. L. Brook
  • 1920-21 B. St. J. Galvin
  • 1921-22 R. Brereton Barry
  • 1922-23 Mark Wilson
  • 1923-24 P. Bourke
  • 1924-25 T. J.Johnston
  • 1925-26 W. D. L. Greer
  • 1926-27 W.E. Hopkins
  • 1926-27 B. W. Lloyd
  • 1927-28 Donough Bryan
  • 1929-30 C. B. McKenna
  • 1930-31 Eoin S. O'Mahony
  • 1931-32 James J. Auchmuty
  • 1932-33 T. DeVere White
  • 1933-34 A. G. Quirke
  • 1934-35 J. W. Wellwood
  • 1935-36 D. G. Neill
  • 1936-37 William A. Beers
  • 1937-38 W. Ivan McCutcheon
  • 1938-39 G. D. P. Allt
  • 1939-40 J. D. W. Hughes
  • 1940-41 Rev. W. W. Ll. Rooke
  • 1941-42 A. Lieven
  • 1942-43 J. N. Ross and J. L. Lord
  • 1943-44 A. N. Jeffares
  • 1944-45 M. B. Yeats
  • 1945-46 R. F. V. Heuston
  • 1947-48 V. T. H. Delany
  • 1947-48 R. H. S. Boyd
  • 1948-49 J. L. B. Deane
  • 1949-50 G. W. O. Woodward
  • 1950-51 J. A. Kilfedder
  • 1951-52 M. Abrahamson
  • 1952-53 J. F. Wood
  • 1953-54 E. W. Gorton
  • 1953-54 R.D.F. Kimmitt
  • 1955-56 C. A. A. Nicholls
  • 1956-57 B. C. J. Udenze
  • 1957-58 C. St. G. Sides
  • 1958-59 M. T. Knight
  • 1959-60 I. H. Simons
  • 1960-61 J. A. Francis
  • 1961-62 P. M. C. Branigan
  • 1962-63 J. M. Newcombe
  • 1963-64 E. M. Lowry
  • 1964-65 D. J. McConnell
  • 1965-66 M. J. Cameron
  • 1966-67 R. B. Williamson
  • 1967-68 W. A. C Stanford
  • 1968-69 D. F. Ford
  • 1969-70 I.T. Ashe
  • 1970-71 D. J. P. J. Deeny
  • 1971-72 D. E. I. Smyth
  • 1972-73 D. L. Kiberd
  • 1973-74 James Connolly
  • 1974-75 David O'Sullivan
  • 1975-76 Michael Hanna
  • 1976-77 Mary Harney
  • 1977-78 Peter B. Charleton
  • 1978-79 Joseph Jackson
  • 1979-80 Alexander Owens
  • 1980-81 Sean H. Moran
  • 1981-82 William R. Maguire
  • 1982-83 Eoin McCullough
  • 1983-84 Declan K. Sheehan
  • 1984-85 Brian R. Murray
  • 1985-86 Sallyanne Godson
  • 1986-87 Doreen Shivnan
  • 1987-88 Aidan Kane
  • 1988-89 Anthony Whelan
  • 1989-90 Orla Corrigan
  • 1990-91 Kerida T. A. Naidoo
  • 1991-92 Bernard Dunleavy
  • 1992-93 John Smith
  • 1993-94 Eugene Downes
  • 1994-95 Gavan titley
  • 1995-96 Douglas Clarke
  • 1996-97 Nathy Dunleavy
  • 1997-98 Adrian Langan
  • 1998-99 Roderick Maguire
  • 1999-2000 Paul Gleeson
  • 2000-01 Aoife Titley
  • 2001-02 Louis Mooney
  • 2002-03 Brendan P. Kelly
  • 2003-04 Alison E. McIntyre
  • 2004-05 Anne O'Brien
  • 2005-06 Cáthal T. McCann
  • 2006-07 James O'Brien
  • 2007-08 Timothy Smyth
  • 2008-09 Thomas Kinsella
  • 2009-10 James S. Walsh
  • 2010-11 Huw Duffy
  • 2011-12 Liam O'Neill, Ursula ní Choill
  • 2012-13 John Engle, Hannah McCarthy
  • 2013-14 Cormac McGuinness
  • 2014-15 Michael Coleman

External Links[edit]

College Historical Society Website