Clubs & Societies

The Debating Society

Debating Society in ParisDebating Society in ParisDebating is a fun way to improve your communication and listening skills. We believe in learning by participation but no pressure as we allow everyone to progress at their own pace. Listed below are some motions / clubs we debated last year:

  • That Cannabis should be legalised (Bishopstown Toastmasters, Cork)
  • That Austerity is a necessary evil (People’s College EU studies class)
  • That Organic Food is worth the extra cost (Busy Professionals Toastmasters,Paris)
  • That there should be gender equality in the Dail (Engineer’s Toastmasters, Dublin)
  • That the Seanad should be abolished (People’s College Current Affairs Class)

We are open to all, complete beginners or experienced speakers.

Interested? Why not come along to one of our meetings and see if it's for you. We meet every second Wednesday in the Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square Dublin 1. The first meeting of the new term is on Wednesday 25th September 2013, at 8 pm.

For further information please contact: Helen Collins, 01-6231509. Email; Bernie Grant, 01-8481650. Email or check out our website at

The Choir

Peoples College Choir People's College Choir

The People's College Choir has vacancies for a small number of new members in the soprano, tenor and bass lines; the alto line is currently full. The choir has 49 members (29 female and 20 male) and was founded in 1993 as part of the wider cultural programme of courses and subjects offered by the People's College. The members come from the greater Dublin region and the choir sings a wide range of musical styles; from madrigals, spirituals, and traditional Irish airs to arrangements of modern popular songs. The choir generally performs at concerts and college social events and has participated in festivals both at home and abroad, having travelled to Denmark (2000), Italy (2004), and Austria (2008). The choir has taken part in exchanges with other choirs which brought it to France (2006), Spain (2010) and is travelling again in October of this year to France (La Rochelle) where we will perform in concert with Ré-Sonance (Ile de Ré). While the ability to read music would be a definite asset it is not by any means a requirement for membership of the choir; indeed, most of our members do not read music. If you can sing and hold a tune that is all that is required - we will teach you the rest! If you are interested in joining please contact the Musical Director, Paul Walsh (via the college) or turn up in advance at one our rehearsals which are held on Tuesday nights at 8.30 pm in the Teacher's Club, Parnell Square. For new members rehearsals resume Tuesday 15th October 2013.

Drama Group

Not enough drama in your life? Then why not join the People's College Drama Group, which is led by author & playwright, Tom O’Brien,  and learn about acting for the theatre, improvising, and being creative in a friendly and fun environment. No experience necessary, just a willingness to have a go and muck in!  We are looking for new members for our one-year old Drama Group. If you are interested,  you are invited to join us on Thursday 26th September in the Teachers’ Club at 7pm  where we will start planning our activities for the year. We had a very enjoyable first year putting on sketches for friends and the other College students. We will be more ambitious this year!


Other courses and activities will be organized during the year on a variety  of issues - from a Craft Work-Shop to  lectures & workshops on topics of social, economic, trade union & historic issues. Further information will be available from the College office, the website and Facebook.


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