What’s on this week: Post-reading week events

As we return from Reading Week to realisation of how little reading we actually completed, week 8 offers us a variety of events to distract us. This week is TCDSU Rainbow Week, a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, and there are over 30 events taking place. Highlights include “Know Your GAY-bour” in the Panti Bar […]

Is violence the answer?

The Philosophical Society held their weekly debate on Thursday night, with the motion: This House Would Meet Bigotry with Violence. Before the debate I was feeling slightly torn as to which side I was on, however I left the debate without a doubt in my mind that I firmly oppose the motion.   The debated […]

Permission to speak freely, Sir?

When addressing the subject of freedom of speech, there are several quotes to choose from. Voltaire, Churchill and Orwell have all offered their thoughts on the matter, but this article will begin with Benjamin Franklin’s: “Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without […]

Martin Scorsese speaks to The Phil

Uproarious applause and cheers filled the Exam Hall on Front Square yesterday evening, Friday February 24, as Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese received his Gold Medal of Patronage from President Matthew Nuding of the Philosophical society. The enthusiastic reception from the crowd for Mr. Scorsese was a worthy one – in his long-spanning career Scorsese has […]

How to be a hack

  With the election campaigns for next year’s Students’ Union Officers finally coming to an end, the swarm of hacks present on campus in recent weeks has finally dispersed. Some of the most influential names on campus have been brought to the forefront of discussion: candidates, campaign team members, and opinionated critics alike.   In […]

The Phil Debate: Trinity vs Yale

Thursday evening, February 17, saw the GMB come alive with the witty discourse of a TCD vs Yale debate, jointly hosted by The Phil and the Student Economic Review. The motion put forward for the evening was, “This House Believes That Globalisation is Doomed”, with the Trinity team proposing.   Chair Adjudicator was radio and […]

Phil talks: The resilience and wit of Joanne O’Riordan

It is truly rare when someone you have never met before, know little about and have seemingly few things in common with can affect your entire day, changing your attitude and uplifting your mood. This is what twenty-year-old Cork native Joanne O’Riordan did for me.   Between a mountain of college work and society commitments, […]

Debating within the world of art

As part of the Trinity Arts Festival (TAF), The Phil held a workshop today on how to debate on the subject of art. This event attracted a small crowd, allowing for an intimate workshop led by Ludivine Rebet, last year’s President of the Phil. Opening the workshop with the question “Who has done debating before?”, […]

Delving into Trinity’s Societal Past

  “Considering this source in isolation, it is easy to imagine societies having an even more influential role on the student experience than they do today – acting as powerful driving forces of innovation and progress that integrated the student body into one radical movement”   When it comes to the role of societies in […]

Scholarships, Classics and The Phil: Oscar Wilde at Trinity

    Since it was founded in 1592, Trinity College has seen its fair share of notable individuals pass through Front Arch. As students, they roamed the corridors of the Museum Building, climbed the stairs of the GMB and practiced their shot on the Cricket pitch. As alumni, they have gone on to make great […]

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