History Society

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Those who are unaware of history are destined to repeat it; I’m not going to tell you who said that, find out for yourself by joining your college History Society. This is a great way to ensure that you can differentiate Strongbow from Superman; the Battle of the Boyne from the Battle of Hastings…plus imagine how helpful your new found expertise will be on the Who Wants to be a Millionaire game…College societies have more to them than signing on the dotted line because all your friends are/you fancied the girl or boy with the pen/wanted the mini Refresher bars they were giving out.

Picking a society in which you have an interest will automatically introduce you to other like-minded individuals and give you the opportunity to express yourself and expand your knowledge. Debates, discussions and exhibitions will all be part of the agenda for the year with the topics covered as diverse as history is long; meaning that everyone’s special interest is sure to be approached. Aside from these terribly sensible reasons there are even more tempting benefits such as field trips and society nights out.

For example the DU History Society (in Trinity) took themselves off to Edinburgh in 2006 under the guise of a ‘historical trip’. Historical pub crawls are also a common feature of these societies which exist in most of the universities and colleges in Ireland; if there is no History society why not set one up yourself; you could make everyone call you Napolean…


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