The Hist organises a number of schools competitions throughout the year; these include Leinster Schools, a year-long competition, and Mace competitions, which each take place over a weekend. All of these competitions are organised by the Hist Librarian department, with Leinster Schools also being run in conjunction with the Literary and Historical Society of UCD. These competitions are held to promote discourse and debating amongst secondary school students and to help them develop their rhetorical and argumentative skills in a fun and welcoming environment.

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Leinster Schools

The All-Ireland Schools Debating Competition, now in its 37th year, is one of the largest debating competitions for second level students in the country. The Leinster section of the competition is co-organised by the Hist and the Literary & Historical Society of UCD. It is a prepared debating competition for senior cycle students, with students receiving the motion a week in advance of the debate. Leinster Schools runs from late September to March each year, with rounds being held in both Trinity and UCD. Over 100 teams take part in Leinster Schools every year, with participating students speaking in a maximum of 6 debates throughout the competition. For further information please contact

Irish Mace

The Hist Schools’ Mace is a 2 day competition for senior cycle students in secondary school. It takes place during a weekend in first semester. The competition consists of several rounds of British Parliamentary (BP) style debates. It is held in Trinity, and all rounds are judged by Hist members with experience of speaking and/or judging in various debating competitions. For further information please contact

Girls Mace

The Girls’ Schools’ Mace is a day-long competition held in Trinity in second semester. It follows a similar structure to the Schools’ Mace in first semester, consisting of several rounds of BP debating for senior cycle students. This Mace however, is exclusively open to female-identifying students, as it aims to promote the involvement of girls and women in debating. Additionally, the competition is organised by women, with the female members of the Lib department convening the competition each year. For further information please contact