Irish Times Debating Competition

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Robert Plant Individual Winner, Adrian Hunt & Tim Murphy Irish Times Team Winners 1988
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Don O'Sullivan and Brendan Lenihan with the Demosthenes Trophy after winning the Irish Times Competition for the Philosoph in 1990
Muireann Ní Chinnéide & Elizabeth Barrett Irish Times Winners 1998

The Irish Times Debating Competition is Ireland's oldest and most prestigious debating competition. It is held in its own unique format which combines both a team and individual competition.

It was first won by for the Philosoph by the team of Donnchadh Ó Corráin and Anthony J. Adolph in 1967. That final was also noteworthy because it was the first Irish Times final to be televised.

The Philosoph has won both the individual and team competition many times. Interestingly, the UCC Law Society has never won either of them.


Philosoph Successes in the Irish Times[edit]

1967 Donnchadh Ó Corráin & Anthony J. Adolph (Team Winners)

1969 Anthony J. Adolph (Individual Winner)

1982 Liam Plant (Individual Winner)

1985 David Holland & Brian Hassett (Team Winners)

1988 Adrian Hunt & Tim Murphy (Team Winners)

1988 Robert Plant (Individual Winner)

1990 Brendan Lenihan & Don O'Sullivan (Team Winners)

1993 Kieran Healy (Individual Winner)

1995 Alan Roberts & Diarmuid Conway (Team Winners)

1995 Gerry Hyde (Individual Winner)

1998 Muireann Ní Chinnéide & Elizabeth Barrett (Team Winners)

2002 Conor Buckley (Individual Winner)

2006 Diarmuid Early (Individual Winner)











Past champions[edit]

Year Team
Society
Team
Speaker 1
Team
Speaker 2
Individual
Society
Individual
Speaker
1960 King's Inns Aidan Browne Charles Lysaght TCD Hist Neville Keery
1961 TCD Phil Hallam Johnston Jack Daniels UCD L&H Peter Donnelly
1962 QUB John Murtagh Michael Egan TCD Hist Ian Black
1963 UCD L&H Patrick Cosgrave Anthony Clare RCSI Desmond King
1964 UCD L&H Patrick Cosgrave Anthony Clare King's Inns Terry McMahon
1965 TCD Hist David McConnell Cian Ó hÉigeartaigh QUB Eamonn McCann
1966 TCD Hist David McConnell Cian Ó hÉigeartaigh UCD L&H Esmond Smyth
1967 UCC Philosoph Donnchadh Ó Corráin Anthony J. Adolph King's Inns Kevin O'Higgins
1968 UCD L&H Roddy Buckley Dermot Gleeson UCD L&H Henry Kelly
1969 QUB Brendan Keenan Derek Davis UCC Philosoph Anthony J. Adolph
1970 UCD L&H Neal Clarke Donal O'Riain UCD L&H Adrian Hardiman
1971 TCD Hist Donal Deeny Gregory Murphy DIT Bolton Street Marian Finucane
1972 TCD Hist Donal Deeny Frank Bannister TCD Hist
(St Mary's, Belfast)
Donal Deeny
1973 QUB Billy McRory Jimmy Hughes UCD L&H Adrian Hardiman
1974 TCD Hist David O'Sullivan James Connolly NUU Alex Lowry
1975 NUU Michael Hughes Kevin Cahill (author) King's Inns Brian Curtin
1976 UCD L&H Paul Gill Gerry Danaher Maynooth Deirdre Murphy
1977 Maynooth Patrick Hennessy Gerry Maher UCD L&H Patrick Healy
1978 UCD Law Soc Conor Gearty Donal O'Donnell King's Inns Turlough O'Donnell
1979 UCD Law Soc Conor Gearty John O'Donnell UCD L&H Maurice Biggar
1980 UCD L&H Maurice Biggar Eugene McCague King's Inns Brian Havel
1981 UCD L&H Charlie Meehan Gerry Stembridge TCD Hist Sean Moran
1982 TCD Phil Michael Byrne Gerry Foley UCC Philosoph Liam Plant
1983 UCG Lit & Deb Eoin O'Maoileoin Damian Crawford TCD Hist Bill Maguire
1984 TCD Hist Eoin McCullough Brian Murray UCD L&H Pat Whyms
1985 UCC Philosoph David Holland Brian Hassett TCD Hist Gideon Taylor
1986 TCD Phil Declan McCavana David Keane UCG Lit & Deb Brendan Wilkins
1987 TCD Hist Aidan Kane Paul Gavin UCG Lit & Deb Conor Bowman
1988 UCC Philosoph Adrian Hunt Tim Murphy UCC Philosoph Robert Plant
1989 King's Inns Maeve Collins Pat Twomey UCD Law Soc Julian Clare
1990 UCC Philosoph Brendan Lenihan Don O'Sullivan Cadet School Tom Clonan
1991 King's Inns Tim O'Leary Pat Treacy UCD L&H Barra Faughnan
1992 UCD L&H Johanna Farrelly Pat O'Keeffe UCD Law Soc Cian Ferriter
1993 TCD Hist Brendan Foley Gavin Titley UCC Philosoph Kieran Healy
1994 UCD L&H Dara Ó Briain Marcus Dowling King's Inns Bernard Dunleavy
1995 UCC Philosoph Alan Roberts Diarmuid Conway UCC Philosoph Gerry Hyde
1996 King's Inns Helen Boyle Paul McDermott TCD Hist Douglas Clarke
1997 UL Debating Union Seamus Doran Padraic O'Halloran SADSI Matthew McCabe
1998 UCC Philosoph Muireann Ní Chinnéide Elizabeth Barrett TCD Hist Paul Gleeson
1999 UCD L&H Caoilfhionn Gallagher Bernadette Quigley King's Inns Rossa Fanning
2000 King's Inns Michael Deasy Ronan Mullen SADSI Louise Rouse
2001 TCD Hist Bríd McGrath Yvonne Campbell TCD Hist Aoife Titley
2002 TCD Hist Louie Mooney Brendan Kelly UCC Philosoph Conor Buckley
2003 UCD L&H Leo Mulrooney Colm Coyne TCD Hist Alison McIntyre
2004 DCU Ian Kehoe Michael Moriarty King's Inns Paul Brady
2005 King's Inns David Whelan Sam Collins UCD L&H Frank Kennedy
2006 King's Inns Barry Glynn Mark Murphy UCC Philosoph Diarmuid Early
2007 TCD Hist Ciaran Denny David Boughton King's Inns David Quinn
2008 TCD Hist Christopher Kissane David Kenny UCD L&H Stephen Boyle
2009 TCD Hist John Gallagher Andrea Mulligan UCD L&H Jeremy Kinsella
2010 TCD Hist Niamh Ní Mhaoileoin Niall Sherry Griffith College Dublin Sean O'Quigley
2011 King's Inns Lorcan Price Áine Hartigan TCD Law Mark Thuillier