Irish Mace

The Irish Mace is the main Irish national British parliamentary style debating competion which is run from October to March each year, involving teams from Universities and Colleges throughout the island of Ireland. It is the Irish leg of the John Smith Memorial International Mace.

Winners by year

Year Society Speakers
2015-16 University College Dublin Independent Society Clíodhna Ní Cheileachair and Áodhan Peelo
2014-15 Trinity College Dublin College Philosophical Society Gavin Tucker and Liam Hunt
2013-14 Trinity College Dublin College Philosophical Society Adam Noonan and Rosalind Ní Shúilleabháin
2012-13 Trinity College Dublin College Historical Society Ian Curran and Sally Rooney
2011-12 University College Dublin Literary & Historical Society Ciaran Garrett & Michael O'Dwyer
2010-11 Trinity College Dublin Historical Society Niamh Ní Mhaoileoin & Huw Duffy
2009-10 Honorable Society of King's Inns Eoghan Casey & Paddy Rooney
2008-9 Trinity College Dublin Historical Society Josephine Curry & Shane Farragher
2007-8 University College Dublin Law Society Marguerite Carter & Ross McGuire
2006-7 University College Dublin Literary & Historical Society Frank Kennedy & Noel McGrath
2005-6 King's Inns Barry Glynn & Mark Murphy
2004-5 King's Inns Leo Mulrooney & Rory Stains
2003-4 University College Dublin Law Society Sam Collins & David Whelan
2002-3 University College Cork Law Society Stephen Coutts & Cian Murphy
2001-2 Trinity College Dublin Historical Society Manus De Barra & Jim McElroy
2000-1 University College Dublin Literary & Historical Society Paul Brady & Ian Walsh
1999–2000 Trinity College Dublin Philosophical Society Robert Cuffe & Fergal Davis
1998-9 Trinity College Dublin Philosophical Society Niall Boland & Colm O'Mongain
1997-8 Trinity College Dublin Historical Society Adrian Langan & Aoife Titley
1996-7 King's Inns Paul McDermott & Colm O'Cinneide
1995-6 University College Galway Literary & Debating Society Mary Cosgrove & Brian Hughes
1994-5 University College Dublin Literary & Historical Society Marcus Dowling & Dara Ó Briain
1993-4 King's Inns Kerida Naidoo & Newman
1992-3 University College Dublin Literary & Historical Society Michael Hodgins & Mark Rafferty
1991-2 University College Dublin Literary & Historical Society Michael Hodgins & Mark Rafferty

Irish Mace 2014/2015

Conveners: Ceile Varley and Michelle Coyle

Final: This House Believes that the use of the Prophet Hologram is a legitimate tool of war.
(Context: The Prophet Hologram was a project the US Military developed, but ultimately never used. It involved the projection of the image of an ancient God over an enemy capitol whose public communications have been seized.)

First Proposition - Daisy Onobogu & Rob MacCarthy (UCD L&H)
First Opposition - Gavin Tucker & Liam Hunt (TCD Phil)
Second Proposition - Chris Costigan & Matthew Collins (TCD Phil)
Second Opposition - Conal McCluskey & Niamh Lawlor (UCD L&H)

Winners: Gavin Tucker & Liam Hunt (TCD Phil)


Irish Mace 2013/2014

Conveners: Mark Haughton and Eoin Kilkenny

Final: THW ban religious organisations or lobby groups from making public comment on social issues.

Winners: Adam Noonan and Rosalind Ní Shúilleabháin (TCD Phil)


Irish Mace 2012/2013

Conveners: John Beechinor and David Hartery

Final: Would Not Have Children

First Proposition - Ian Curran and Sally Rooney (TCD Hist)
First Opposition - Daisy Onubogu and Helen Lawless (UCD L&H)
Second Proposition - Michelle Coyle and Lorna Bogue (Limerick)
Second Opposition - Alex Owens and Niamh Harford (UCD L&H)

Winners: Ian Curran and Sally Rooney (TCD Hist)


Irish Mace 2011/2012

Convenors: Niall Sherry and Muireann O'Dwyer

Final Motion That This House Believes Science is Holding Back Humanity

Finalists:
Opening Government - John Engle and Adam Noonan (TCD Hist)
Opening Opposition - David Gormley and Ceile Varley (DCU)
Closing Government - Kate Oliver and Ciaran Parkin (TCD Hist)
Closing Opposition - Michael O'Dwyer and Ciaran Garrett (UCD L&H)

Winners: Michael O'Dwyer and Ciaran Garrett (UCD L&H)


Irish Mace 2010/2011

Convenors: Doireann O'Byrne and Catherine Murphy

Final Motion That This House Would Introduce A 50% Gender Quota In The Dáil

Finalists:
Opening Government - Sean Butler & John Beechinor (UCC Philosoph)
Opening Opposition - Kieran Daly & Niall Fahy (UCD L&H)
Closing Government - Niamh Ní Mhaoileoin & Huw Duffy (TCD Hist)
Closing Opposition - Ricky McCormack & Fiachra Fallon Verbruggen (TCD Phil)

Winners: Niamh Ní Mhaoileoin & Huw Duffy (TCD Hist)


Irish Mace 2009/2010

Convenors: Ruth Faller and Gregg O'Neill

Final Motion That This House Would Found A School Only For LGBT Teenagers

Finalists:
Opening Government - Eoghan Casey and Paddy Rooney (King's Inns)
Opening Opposition - Catherine Murphy and Aengus O'Corrain (TCD Hist)
Closing Government - Kate Brady and Niall Sherry (TCD Hist)
Closing Opposition - Ian Hastings and Conor MacAndrew (UCD L&H)

Winners: Eoghan Casey and Paddy Rooney (King's Inns)


Irish Mace 2008/2009

Convenor: Michael Clark

Final Motion That This House Believes Iran Should Develop A Nuclear Weapon

Finalists:
Opening Government - James Hope and Ttony McDonnell (NUIG Lit 'n' Deb)
Opening Opposition - Anne Byrne and Niall Sherry (TCD Hist)
Closing Government - Eoghan McSwiney and Art Ward (UCC Philosoph)
Closing Opposition - Shane Farragher and Josephine Curry (TCD Hist)

Winners: Shane Farragher and Josephine Curry (TCD Hist)


Irish Mace 2007/2008

Convener: (Unknown)

Final: Non-Consensual Sterilisation of the Intellectually Disabled is Never Ethically Justifiable

First Proposition - Alison McIntyre and David Quinn (King's Inns)
First Opposition - Marguerite Carter and Ross Reid McGuire (UCD Law)
Second Proposition - Brendan Bruen and Luke Ryder (King's Inns)
Second Opposition - Tiernan Fitzgibbon and Jimmy Doyle (UCC Philosoph)

Winners: Marguerite Carter and Ross Reid McGuire (UCD Law)

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