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Luke preparing to open the Munster Schools Final 158th Session.
|Positions Held||Auditor - 159th|
Schools Officer - 158th
PRO - 156th
|Sessions on Committee||156th, 158th, 159th|
|Other UCC Positions Held||Class Rep|
Communications Director, Cork Euros 2005
|Awards Won||Student Achievement Award, 2006 & 2009|
Luke Harris (aka Tomás Ó hÉarchú) BCL LLM was a Law and French student at UCC, and Public Relations Officer, Schools Convenor and Auditor of the 156th, 158th and 159th Sessions respectively. He was Communications Director on the Cork Europeans 2005 Organising Committee, and the Philosoph representative on the Cork Worlds 2009 Steering Committee. During Worlds itself, he was a volunteer team leader, and chaired the final of the ESL break, and the Grand Final with Law Soc Auditor Mike Cahill and Guest Chair Ian Lising. He was granted Honorary Life Membership of the Society at the AGM of the 159th Session.
As a member of the 155th Session Special Projects Committee, he spent seven months correcting the grammar of his betters and participating in the Cork North-West Rural Outreach Programme, giving debating opportunities to impoverished and backward hicks (see Daniel P. McCarthy, Deirdre Milner, Jerry O'Donovan, Will Sherlock).
He was heavily involved in the administrative (read: boring) side of the Philosoph, drafting the Society's new written Constitution in the 156th Session and collaborating on the updated version, the Society's current Constitution, during the 158th Session. He also helped draft the Schools' Code of Conduct appended to that constititution, and several proposed amendments at the end of the 158th Session. This had little to do with him being a law student, and everything to do with him being a giant nerd.
Despite never having held the post of Recording Secretary, Luke has delivered minutes of the society on numerous occasions, at two AGMs, two Munster Schools' Finals and two house meetings, including the inaugural meeting of the 160th Session. He has been a guest speaker of the society on five occasions (each time replacing last minute cancellations, a common practice in the Philosoph).
An alumnus of Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh, Luke is the brother of Elizabeth Harris, and cousin to former Auditor-elect Eoghan Harris. Together, they form the core of the Harris Hortatorical Hegemony, because that's all the rage now, apparently. As a student of Law and French, he spent his year abroad in Robert Schuman University, Strasbourg.
Luke was also a member of the UCC Law Society for 5 years and a member of Dramat in 2008/09.
- Winner: National Maidens' Debating Competition 2005
- Winner: UCC Philosophical Society Lord Mayor's Gold Medal, 156th Session
- Winner: Richard E. Kirwan Invitational 2006 (Partner: Daniel P. McCarthy)
- Runner-up: UCC Philosophical Society Mace, 155th Session (Partner: Jerry O'Donovan)
- Finalist (Breaking 3rd): UL IV 2006 (Partner: Will Sherlock)
- Finalist: Munster Colours Debate 2008 (Partner: John Beechinor)
- Finalist (Breaking 1st): Euros Prep Competition 2009 (Partner: Paul Flynn)
- Finalist: UCC Law Society Gold Medal 2008/2009
- Finalist: UCC Philosophical Society Mace, 158th Session (Partner: Elizabeth Harris)
- Finalist: William Francis Lynam Mace, 159th Session (Partner: Chris Hale)
- Semi-finalist: (Team) Irish Times Debating Competition 2008/2009 (Partner: Eoghan McSwiney, representing UCC Law Society)
- Semi-finalist (Breaking 5th): Galway National Law Debates 2009 (Partner: Paul Flynn)
- Semi-finalist (Breaking 6th): UCD L&H Vice-Presidents Cup 2007 (Partner: Deirdre Milner)
- Semi-finalist (Breaking 7th): DCUL IV 2007 (Partner: John Mortell)
- Semi-finalist: (Individual) Irish Times Debating Competition 2005/2006 (First Round Partner: Eimear Goulding)
- Semi-finalist: Irish Mace Debating Competition 2005/2006 (Partner: Daniel P. McCarthy)
- Participant: World Universities' Debating Championships 2005 and 2006 (Partner: Daniel P. McCarthy)
- Chief Adjudicator: Lord Mayor's Gold Medal 2011
- Chief Adjudicator: UCC Law Society Gold Medal 2010
- Final judge: Lord Mayor's Gold Medal 2009
- Chair judge: UCC Maidens Final 2009
- Final judge: UCC Maidens 2007 & 2008
- Final judge: National Maidens' Debating Competition 2007
- Semi-final judge: National Maidens' Debating Competition 2010
- Final judge: UCD Novice IV 2008
- Novice final judge: Cork IV 2009
- Semi-final judge: Cork IV 2010
- Semi-final judge: Galway National Law Debates 2011
- ESL Breaking judge: EUDC Koc 2007
- Final judge: All-Ireland Schools' Debating Competition 2009
- Final judge: Munster Schools' Debating Competition 2010
- Chair judge: West of Ireland Schools' Debating Competition Final 2010
- Final judge: All-Ireland Schools' Debating Competition 2010
- Final judge: Sean Lydon 2010
- Chair judge: CBC Gold Medal 2008-2009
- Chief Adjudicator Munster Schools' Mace Debating Competition 2010
- Final judge: Munster Schools' Debating Competition 2011
- Final judge: Sean Lydon Memorial Mace 2011
- Judge: Schools Repechage 2011
Schools' debating involvement
- Winner: Munster Schools' Debating Competition 2002/2003 (Partner: Hugh Hurley)
- Finalist: Munster Schools' Debating Competition 2001/2002 (Partner: Shane O'Farrell)
- Runner-up: All-Ireland Schools' Debating Competition 2002/2003 (Partner: Hugh Hurley)