University of Limerick Open

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The University of Limerick Open is an open debating competition hosted annually by the University of Limerick Debating Union.

Years[edit]

2011[edit]

  • Teams: 32
  • Winners: Catherine Murphy and Niamh Ní Mhaoileoin
  • Top Speaker on Tab: Niamh Ní Mhaoileoin
  • Top Team on Tab: Catherine Murphy and Niamh Ní Mhaoileoin
  • Best Speaker in Final: Maurice Cotter

Motions

  • Round 1: TTH Would Give Extra Votes to Those Who Are Engaged In Civic Activity/Involved In Their Community
  • Round 2: TTH Would Not Censor the Words 'Nigger' and 'Injun' From 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' in American Schools
  • Round 3: TTH Would Administer A Parenting Test, And Take Away The Children Of Those Who Fail
  • Round 4: TTH Would Ban Lobby Groups Which Promote Obesity as a Valid Lifestyle Choice
  • Round 5: TTH Believes That Politicians From Minority/Disadvantaged Groups Have A Moral Duty To Advocate On Behalf Of Those Groups, Irrespective Of The Wishes Of Their Constituents
  • Semi-Final: TTH Would Cease All Trade With Countries Who Engage In Systematic Human Rights Violations
  • Final: TTH Would Limit Technological Advancement To Prevent Machines From Gaining Human Sentience.

Final


UCC Teams
Gearoid Wrixon & Aisling Ryan
Kieran O'Sullivan & Emily Rutherford
Charlie Leahy & Adrian O'Leary
Davy Jones & Katie Dennison


Teams with UCC Philosoph alumni:
Sophie Scannell & Dearbhla O'Gorman (Speaking as each other)
Sean Butler & Maurice Cotter

UCC Speakers (Philosoph alumni italicised)

Sean Butler - 7th
Sophie Scannell - 10th
Gearoid Wrixon - 16th
Davy Jones - 19th
Aisling Ryan - 26th
Katie Dennison - 45th
Emily Rutherford - 52nd
Charlie Leahy - 53rd
Kieran O'Sullivan - 54th
Adrian O'Leary - 57th


UCC Judges

2010[edit]

Motions

  • Round 1: TTHW Ban Rag Week
  • Round 2: TTHW Allow the Sale of both Born and Unborn Children
  • Round 3: TTHB States Should Employ Single-mothers to Actively Campaign Against Promiscuous Sex
  • Round 4: TTHW Introduce a Europe-Wide Salary Cap System for Top-Flight Football Clubs
  • Round 5: TTHB Animals Should Have No Rights
  • Semi-Final: TTHW Allow the Use of Prisoners of War as Human Shields
  • Final: TTHW Abolish the Welfare State

Final

  • 1st Propostion: UCD LAW You're a Dick (Cliona Ashe & Julia Lawlor)
  • 1st Opposition: TCD HIST Arbeit Max Frei (Max Sullivan & Harry McEvansoneya)
  • 2nd Proposition: Chucky our Law (Derek Doyle and Niall Kennedy)
  • 2nd Opposition: TCD PHIL Lashkar A (Jonathan Wyse & David Byrne)


UCC Teams


Teams with UCC Philosoph alumni:


UCC Speakers (Philosoph alumni italicised)


UCC Judges

2009[edit]

  • Teams: 27
  • Winners: Derek Lande & Tom Hosking (Kiera Healy & Ed Gaffney)
  • Top Speaker on Tab: Derek Lande
  • Top Team on Tab: Kiera Healy & Ed Gaffney (Derek Lande & Tom Hosking)
  • Best Speaker in Final: Kiera Healy (Derek Lande & Tom Hosking)


  • Explanatory note: Derek Lande and Thomas Hosking competed under the team-name 'Kiera Healy & Ed Gaffney', while Kiera Healy and Ed Gaffney competed as 'Derek Lande & Tom Hosking'. Thus, the competition was won by 'Derek Lande & Tom Hosking', the team which comprised Kiera Healy and Ed Gaffney.


Motions

  • Round 1: Context (paraphrase) - A Iranian woman, Ameneh Bahrami, was blinded by acid attack. She became the focus of international controversy after demanding that her attacker, Majid Movahedi, be punished by being similarly blinded.

TTHW give Bahrami an eye for an eye

  • Round 2: TTHW use psychometric testing to screen out homophobic immigrants
  • Round 3: TTHB that the US Government should investigate and try senior members of the Bush Administration for human rights abuses
  • Round 4: TTHW remove all copyright laws for music
  • Round 5: TTHB in the moral necessity of vegetarianism
  • Semi-Final: TTHW take into care children who are allowed to live as the opposite gender by their parents
  • Final: TTHB that, until Palestine is free, Israeli civilians are legitimate targets

Final

  • 1st Propostion: Breaking First on Awesome (Conor Kelly & Sean Butler)
  • 1st Opposition: Cambridge A (Daniel Warrents & Harish Natarajan)
  • 2nd Proposition: Kiera Healy & Ed Gaffney (Derek Lande & Thomas Hosking)
  • 2nd Opposition: Derek Lande & Tom Hosking (Kiera Healy & Ed Gaffney)

UCC Teams

Teams with UCC Philosoph alumni:

UCC Speakers

The speakers in italics were Philosoph alumni.

2008[edit]

Motions

  • Round 1: TTHW pay politicians the minimum wage
  • Round 2: TTHW punish those complicit in abuse to the same extent as the abuser
  • Round 3: TTHB the families of those who experiment on animals are legitimate targets for protest
  • Round 4: TTH regrets the special relationship between the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland and the United States of America
  • Semi-Final: TTHW legalize all pornography containing acts between consenting adults
  • Final: TTHW settle all travellers

Final

  • 1st Propostion: Howling Mad Murdoch (Rhydian Morgan & Sean O'Quigley)
  • 1st Opposition: Crazy in Love (Derek Doyle & Dan Colley)
  • 2nd Proposition: Change We Can Believe In (Paul Flynn & Tony Murphy)
  • 2nd Opposition: TCD Hist A (Anne Byrne & Niall Sherry)

UCC Teams

UCC Speakers

1999[edit]

Final Motion: TTHW give War a chance Finalists

  • 1st Propostion: Oxford A
  • 2nd Propostion: University of London Union A
  • 1st Opposition: LeVerne A
  • 2nd Opposition: Oxford B

Winners: University of London Union A (Daragh Grant & James Probert)

Adjudicators

  • Simon Mills: Worlds Finalist Sydney 2000
  • Padraig O'Halloran: Irish Times Winner 1997. Representing Ericsson
  • Colm Flynn: Grand Final Adjudicator European Championships 1999
  • Mark Dowling: Winner Scottish Maidens (with Glasgow UU)
  • Cllr Diarmuid Scully Worlds Octofinalist Oxford 1993

1998[edit]

Final Motion: TTHW puncture Political footballs"

Finalists:

  • 1st Propostion: Dublin City University B (Sharon Tobin and Bernard )
  • 2nd Propostion: The Lords (Keith Pigott & Brian O'Farrell)
  • 1st Opposition: Dublin City University A (Sean Claton and Ciaran Flynn)
  • 2nd Opposition: University College Cork (Stephen Vaughan and Clodagh Whelan)

Winners: University College Cork (Stephen Vaughan and Clodagh Whelan)

Adjudicators:

  • Fiona Clandillon University of Limerick (Chief Adjudiator)
  • Derek Sheehan: Former Auditor Parliamentary Debating Society (Currently with Kings Inns). Competitor Worlds, Melbourne 94, Oxford 93, Trinity 92. Adjudicator Worlds Cork 96.
  • Colm Flynn: Former Auditor Limerick Debating Union. Grand Final Adjudicator European Championships 1999, Competitor Worlds Cork 1996, Adjudicator Worlds Athens 1998
  • Mark Dowling: Former auditor Limerick Debating Union (Currently with DCU). Winner Scottish Maidens (with Glasgow UU), Competitor World Championships Cork 1996. Adjudicator Worlds Oxford 1995
  • Mark Connelly: Former Auditor Debating Society Waterford Institute of Technology (not sure of more details but there are quite a few)

1997[edit]

Winner: University College Cork Philosophical Society A (Eoin Hyland & Donagh Hardiman)

Finalists:

  • UCD L&H B
  • Limerick Law
  • Trinity Phil A

1996[edit]

Winner: Strathclyde University (John-Paul Murphy & ???)

Finalists:

  • Middle Temple
  • UCD Law A
  • UCC Phil A

1995[edit]

Winner: Parliamentary Debating Society (Mark Dowling & Keith Piggott)

Finalists:

  • UCD L&H A
  • UCD Law
  • Trinity Hist

Previous Winners[edit]

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