Student societies cancel events in wake of riots

Events scheduled for today have been cancelled or postponed by many societies amid fears of further unrest

College societies and publications have cancelled and postponed events due to be held today following riots across Dublin city last night.

Trinity Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (TCD BDS) also postponed its Letters to Gaza event to Monday and Tuesday next week.

The College Historical Society (the Hist) have postponed its annual Wildecard competition which was due to begin at 10am. Citing “the events of Thursday evening”, it also cancelled their College Awareness Week debate ‘This House Would Stop Students from Working During Term’.

The Journal of Literary Translation (JoLT) also postponed its launch party which was due to take place this evening in the International Bar as students “try to comprehend the vicious scenes that unfolded last night”.

In a statement posted to Instagram, JoTL said that it has “always been a space for celebrating cultural diversity and offering a platform for the voices of Trinity’s international student body”.

“Receptivity and cultural sensitivity are the cornerstones that JoLT is built around. Never should anyone feel unwelcome, unsafe or voiceless in this country,” it said.

The statement concluded by saying “violence, hate crimes and xenophobia have no place in modernity. We will be uploading the issue online for all those to enjoy from the comfort and safety of their own home.”

The decision has been made to “provisionally postpone” the Discourse Disco hosted every year by the University Philosophical Society (the Phil) subcommittees. The ball was set to take place this evening in the Graduates Memorial Building.

In a statement posted via Instagram, the subcommittees said they “want to prioritise everyone’s safety, and emphasise everyone’s comfort over anything else” and encouraged those who are currently feeling concerned or anxious to reach out.

TrinityFM also announced its studio in House 6 would be closed today but the option is available to broadcast shows remotely.

In email seen by Trinity News, the Central Societies Committee (CSC) strongly advised societies against hosting events today.

“Must your event go ahead, we ask that you are extremely vigilant and cautious,” it said.

“The safety of the students is our upmost priority, events can be rescheduled, items can be re-bought but your lives simply cannot be replaced.”

The CSC have been contacted for further comment.

Aoibhinn Clancy

Aoibhínn Clancy is the Deputy News Editor of Trinity News and is currently in her Junior Sophister Year studying History and Political Science.