Auditor

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Auditor's Chain of Office
Derek Doyle, auditor of the 156th
Tony Murphy - Auditor of the 155th Session

Current Incumbent[edit]

The current Auditor is Clodagh Feehely. From the 167th Session onwards the title will be changed to Chairperson.

Contact[edit]

auditor@uccphilosoph.com

Role[edit]

The Auditor is responsible for the co-ordination of the activities of the committee & the society. In addition to this the Auditor chairs all of the society's public meetings and committee meetings and has the right to interpret the constitution of the society.

Auditor's Chain[edit]

This is the chain of office worn by the Auditor when chairing public house meetings (ordinary and extraordinary) of the society. It is also worn by a guest who is chairing a debate, and it is worn by other committee members (decided by rank) if the auditor is unavailable or is participating in the debate or Private Members Motion in progress.

The links on the Auditor's Chain are engraved with the names of the auditors who have worn the chain and the years of their incumbency. The first name recorded on the chain is that of Donal Godfrey, auditor of the 130th Session (1979/1980). Reference is made to a "new and very impressive Auditorial medal" in the minutes of the fourth meeting of that session. Apparently, the auditor of the previous session, Patrick Dorgan, "wished to feast his eyes" upon the brand new medal. Up to that point it appears that each auditor was given their own auditorial medal in silver with their name and session engraved on it which was worn around the neck on a piece of ribbon. A new medal was struck each year, and the previous medal became the property of the Auditor who wore it.

At the AGM of the 159th Session, Aengus Ó Corráin amended the motion granting the outgoing auditor Mr Luke Harris an Honorary Life Membership to the effect that the society would commission a medal for him in order to commemorate his auditorship. In any case, Mr Ó Corráin's amendment was passed resoundingly by the house, with the noted abstention of the thrifty incoming Finance Officer Mr Eamon Chawke, who bawked at the idea of expenditure before his term even began! However, despite this motion no medal has been commissioned thusfar.

One of the links on the Auditor's chain of the UCC Philosophical Society bears the inscription "Lost and Found GUU". The use of the word "lost" in this case, however, has put great strain on its normal, general usage. Although, it must be said that during this period in the history of debating, this use of the word would have been quite familiar, it being not uncommon for the property of debating societies to become "lost" with astonishing frequency, and even more astonishing daring and resourcefulness. Apparently, the list of mislaid items belonging to debating societies may extend from the humble gavel even as far as landscape paintings.

It is perhaps one of the great triumphs of the society that through all the vagaries and vicissitudes of the society's history the auditor's chain has not in fact been irretrievably lost, not yet at least.

Curse of the Chain[edit]

The curse of the Auditor's chain is a story, presumably apocryphal, which has surfaced on a number of occasions in the Society's recent history. It is claimed that to wear the chain before being elected auditor of the Society is a certain way to ensure that one will never be elected auditor of the Society. How old talk of the curse is is not clear, but it was certainly discussed in relation to the election for Auditor of the 155th Session, where the candidate who had previously worn the chain losing narrowly to his competitor, who had not. A variant on this claim is that the curse only applies to those who wear the chain "inappropriately", i.e., not while chairing a meeting according to the constitutional order of succession.

Change in Title[edit]

Following a motion passed by the UCC Societies' Senate on the 15 March 2016, the head officers of all UCC Societies including the Philosoph were to be known as Chairperson, and no longer Auditor.

Former Auditors of the Philosophical Society[edit]

The following is a provisional list of known auditors. As the research & archiving project progresses this list will expand and session name and numbers will be added.


2010 - present[edit]

2000 - 2010[edit]

1990-2000[edit]

1980 - 1990[edit]

1970 - 1980[edit]

1960 - 1970[edit]

1950 - 1960[edit]

1940 - 1950[edit]

1930 - 1940[edit]

1920 - 1930[edit]

1910 - 1920[edit]

  • 1919/20 - 70th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1918/19 - 69th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1917/18 - 68th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1916/17 - 67th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1915/16 - 66th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1914/15 - 65th Session: Mr. Saunders
  • 1913/14 - 64th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1912/13 - 63rd Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1911/12 - 62nd Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1910/11 - 61st Session: Auditor unknown

1900 - 1910[edit]

1850-1900[edit]

  • 1899/00 - 50th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1898/99 - 49th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1897/98 - 48th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1896/97 - 47th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1895/96 - 46th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1894/95 - 45th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1893/94 - 44th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1892/93 - 43rd Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1891/92 - 42nd Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1890/91 - 41st Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1889/90 - 40th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1888/89 - 39th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1887/88 - 38th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1886/87 - 37th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1885/86 - 36th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1884/85 - 35th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1883/84 - 34th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1883/82 - 33rd Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1882/81 - 32nd Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1881/80 - 31st Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1879/80 - 30th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1878/79 - 29th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1877/78 - 28th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1876/77 - 27th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1875/76 - 26th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1874/75 - 25th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1873/74 - 24th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1872/73 - 23rd Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1871/72 - 22nd Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1870/71 - 21st Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1869/70 - 20th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1868/69 - 19th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1867/68 - 18th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1866/67 - 17th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1865/66 - 16th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1864/65 - 15th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1863/64 - 14th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1862/63 - 13th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1861/62 - 12th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1860/61 - 11th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1859/60 - 10th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1858/59 - 9th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1857/58 - 8th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1856/57 - 7th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1855/56 - 6th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1854/55 - 5th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1853/54 - 4th Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1852/53 - 3rd Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1851/52 - 2nd Session: Auditor unknown
  • 1850/51- 1st Session Mr Bullen

Other Possible Auditors, Dates Unknown[edit]