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Letter from the Conveners
Letter from the CA team
10 Key Strengths of Bid 5
The Tournament 6
The Hosts 7-8
DCA application process
Workshops and development
Tab Team 12
Language and Equity 13-14
Organisation Committee 15-19
The City of Cork 20
Travelling to Cork 21
A Letter From The Convening Team 3
Dear European Debating Community,
We are delighted to present Cork's bid to host EUDC 2016. This bid has
been in the works for the past several months and we have much more to
give over the next two years.
Cork is a wonderful city, with a strong history of holding world class
debating tournaments. All accommodation is within walking distance of
the main tournament site, as well as social venues. Cork Euros guarantees
you the convenience and fun that the debating community has come to
expect from this great city.
We also guarantee you a well organised and financially sound competition.
Our finances are secure, we have an experienced and capable Org Comm,
along with a wealth of experienced alumni. We know that our adjudication
team led by Sally Rooney and Viktor Prlja will do their absolute best to
facilitate a week of top notch debating, and that they will assemble the
strongest DCA team possible, one that is diverse and representative of the
growing European debating community.
We will create an environment that is welcoming and inclusive at all stages
of the tournament, and our volunteers will help us to do this. You will
always be greeted by a friendly face in Cork.
We sincerely hope to see you in Cork in 2016.
Ciara Grant and Eógan Hickey
Cork EUDC 2016 Bid Convening Team
Letter from the Chief Adjudicators 4
We’re delighted to be involved in Cork’s bid for EUDC 2016. EUDC
means a great deal to us, as a prestigious and highly-competitive
tournament but also as a celebration of the European debating community.
Having worked with the Org Comm in the development of the bid, and
knowing Cork’s ability to secure funding and orchestrate major
competitions like WUDC 2009, we know we have the coordination and
commitment to organise a spectacular European Championships in 2016.
We both look forward to being joined by a diverse and talented team of
some of Europe’s brightest minds when DCA applications open next
summer. Already, our budget includes at least €10,000 of funding for
independent judges, so we can guarantee high-quality adjudication and
feedback at every stage. Setting motions for a major competition like
Euros is an incredible opportunity, and we’re committed above all else to
making sure every single motion at EUDC 2016 is worth the journey. We
want to start the kind of discussions that make debating such a valuable
part of university life.
Of course, Euros is more than just a competition, and we understand the
immense effort that goes into every level of organization at a tournament
so large and diverse. Cork Euros is committed to training up a new Euros-
quality tab team under the leadership of 2014 Worlds tabmaster Harry
McEvansoneya, ensuring the future of European tabbing will be in safe
hands. We’re also delighted to have Nika Jelaska and Srishti
Krishnamoorthy on board as Equity Officers, who will be committed to
making Cork Euros a respectful and welcoming place for every
We both started out as volunteers at EUDC, and we feel incredibly
privileged to be writing to you now as your prospective CAs. We want to
earn your vote and we’re eager to hear feedback about the bid, so don’t
hesitate to get in touch if you have questions or comments.
Thanks for your time,
Sally and Viktor
10 Key Strengths Of Bid 5
1. An experienced, hard working, and capable adjudication team. Sally
Rooney and Viktor Prlja are fully committed to the bid for the next two
2. Judges funding of €10,000 is guaranteed, allowing for the funding of
roughly 50 independent judges.
3. Full university support, University College Cork has guaranteed
€10,000 in sponsorship to Cork Euros 2016
4. Full city support, the Lord Mayor of Cork has guaranteed full support
from the city council and the tourism boards. We are also working closely
with the Cork Convention Bureau.
5. 250 years of debating tradition. The Philosophical Society and the Law
Society are two of UCC's largest and oldest societies. We have previously
hosted both EUDC and WUDC to great success.
6. All accommodation and venues have been booked and guaranteed.
Quotes have been received for all food, security, and social costs.
7. Centralised campus, within walking distance of accommodation and
8. Tab team is led by an experienced tabmaster, Harry McEvansoneya, and
is also a development opportunity for three up and coming tabmasters.
9. Great socials! Ranging from Irish traditional music nights to the final
gala, there will be a great variety of social events during the tournament.
Alcohol free socials will be available every night also.
10. Friendly, efficient, and well trained volunteers that will be on hand
from the moment you touch down in Ireland right up to departures day.
The Tournament 6
Team Cap: 240
Judging Policy: N-1
Reg Fee: €299 per participant. (€400 per observer)
Arrivals day, preliminary briefing, and opening ceremony
Rounds 1 – 3
Irish Trad Night
Rounds 4 – 6
Rounds 7 – 9
Open and ESL quarter finals, Open and ESL semi finals
Open and ESL finals
About The Hosts 7
Cork EUDC will be a collaboration between UCC's two debating
institutions, the Law Society and the Philosophical (Philosoph) Society.
Combined we have a debating tradition that is 250 years old. Debating is
firmly established in UCC and receives full university support. Both
societies attract corporate sponsorship annually and have built up a
network of contacts and alumni over the years. Members of both societies
are eager and willing to support the Cork Euros bid.
Both institutions compete annually at WUDC and EUDC, as well as
attending national and international tournaments. The Philosoph hosts the
annual Cork IV, one of Ireland's largest IVs with 250 participants. The
Law Society hosts the National Law Conference, an event which receives
national and international media coverage.
We are well accustomed to running spectacular social events also. We host
three large balls each year, the Law Dinner, the Philosoph Gala, and the
Law Ball, along with weekly social events following debates.
Our weekly activities include house meetings on various topics, visits from
guest speakers, speaker development, workshops and internal debating
We run a large schools development programme and debating league,
aimed at encouraging secondary school students to get involved in
debating, culminating in the Munster Schools Final. Every year along with
debating societies in Galway and Dublin, we organise the National Schools
Our experience of successfully hosting both Worlds and Euros makes us
the ideal choice for guaranteeing the European debating community a
successful tournament. In the past the Philosoph hosted Cork Worlds in
1996. Philosoph and Law Soc collaborated to host Cork Worlds again in
2009, and Cork Euros in 2005. We feel that the time has come again.
Sally has had incredible
success on the competitive
debating circuit. She was a
finalist and a member of the
top breaking team at EUDC
2013, she was also the Best
Speaker at EUDC 2013 and
the winner of the International
Mace 2013. Sally has proved
herself as an extremely capable CA and judge at numerous competitions.
Viktor was the Best ESL
Speaker at EUDC 2013, he
made the open break at
Chennai WUDC where he was
also the 4th best ESL speaker
of the competition, and was
the Oxford IV ESL champion.
Viktor has already proved
himself a very capable CA,
and is due to CA many more competitions in the run up to Cork Euros
One of the key goals of Cork Euros is to create an inclusive and
welcoming environment for debaters from all over Europe, as well as
putting together great motions and high-quality adjudication at every stage
of the tournament. Sally and Viktor are making regional representation a
key criterion for our future Adjudication Core to match the growth of the
debating community across Europe. Applications for five DCA positions
will open in summer of 2015, allowing ample time for the selected DCAs
to gain CA experience over the following months. The process will consist
of direct applications, nominations by third parties, and discretionary
invitations by the CA Team, which we believe will allow us to put together
the most diverse and highest-quality Adjudication Core possible
Sally and Viktor can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
A fantastic judging pool is of utmost importance to Cork Euros. Not
including the main adjudication core, €10,000 will be available in judges
funding, allowing us to fund roughly 50 independent judges. This money
will exclusively be used to cover travel costs, reg fee waivers for
independent judges have been accounted for in the main budget.
Application for independent judges will open in April of 2016.
Deirdre Milner and Alaana Landers, two alumni of the Philosoph, have
very generously agreed to sponsor the reg fee of an independent, up and
coming, female judge. This will be available in addition to the funding
Workshops and Development
In the 12 months before Cork Euros, Sally and Viktor, along with the
selected DCAs, will facilitate training and development workshops at
competitions across Europe. Viktor will also attend IDAS this coming
November, these lectures will be taped and made available. The Cork
Euros workshops will be recorded and uploaded to Youtube, allowing
participants unable to attend in person to benefit from this service.
Tab Team 12
Heading the tab team will be Harry
McEvansoneya. Harry is an incredibly
experienced tab master, well accustomed
to tabbing large competitions. He has
twice held the position of EUDC
tabmaster, at Galway 2011, and
Manchester 2013. He was also tabmaster
at WUDC Chennai 2014. He has also
tabbed numerous Irish IVs, Cork
included. His experience will ensure that
the tab runs smoothly and efficiently.
Markus Knutsson, Lisa Faherty, and Valerie Tierney will also make up the
tab team. With the two year bidding cycle, Cork Euros 2016 represents a
great opportunity to develop new tabbing talent, and this is reflected in our
tab team selection.
Equity and Language 13
Language and equity will be core values of Cork Euros. It is our priority to
ensure that everyone feels welcome and enjoys the competition.
Nika Jelaska and Srishti Krishnamoorthy will be our Equity Officers.
They will be supported by an equity team consisting of one Org Comm
member, one volunteer, and one independent judge. In the case of serious
equity violations this team will be available to Nika and Srishti to consult
with. With a team cap of 240 Cork Euros will be a very large competition.
A large equity team allows us to identify any overarching equity issues that
may present during the tournament.
A comprehensive equity policy will be available after the bidding stage.
“As a future M.SC in psychology, I’ve had some basic education in
counselling, crisis and trauma management, and mediating. I also work as
a trainer for the Croatian Education and Development Network for the
Evolution of Communication. I have had experience working with large
groups of people with highly conflicting opinions and attitudes on
controversial and, for them, important issues. I hope this will help me in
working together with the entire Cork team towards creating an EUDC
that will be an enjoyable experience where all participants can interact
with each other in a respectful and pleasing manner.”
“I have been committed to making the circuit more inclusive and
welcoming, particularly for freshers and for groups who have been
traditionally marginalised within debating. Having run equity successfully
at several major tournaments in the UK (including but not limited to:
Cambridge IV, Manchester IV and Monroe Cup), I am sensitive to the
challenges and demands of creating a tolerant atmosphere, of producing a
responsive and dynamic equity policy with integrity, and of remaining
visible, conscientious, accessible and accountable for any issue that might
arise. I believe in respect, dialogue and plurality, and am profoundly
privileged to join the Cork Euros team as an Equity Officer.”
Organising Committee 15
Euros is a large competition, differing in many ways from a normal IV.
Together our Org Comm has participated in a wide number of committees
and event planning groups, giving them transferable skills that they will
carry forward to the organisation of Cork Euros.
Cork Euros has the full support of UCC, and of Cork City Council. We
will be working closely with the UCC Societies' Office, the
Accommodation and Conferencing Office, the office of the Vice President
for the Student Experience, the office of the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cork
City Council, and Bord Fáilte (Ireland's tourism authority). We are also
working closely with the Cork Convention Bureau, a professional events
company that specialises in events involving international delegates.
The Org Comm will also be supported by a large number of UCC alumni.
These alumni have a wealth of experience in organising Cork Euros 2005
and Cork Worlds 2009. Their advice and guidance will add to the Org
Comm's capacity to deliver a world class tournament.
Convenor - Ciara Grant
Ciara has sat on the Philosoph executive
committee in a wide number of roles. She has
experience in delivering excellent events,
having served as Social Secretary, Inter Varsity
Convenor, and External Convenor. In particular
her organisation of the highly successful Cork
IV 2013 has demonstrated her capacity to
organise an excellent Euros tournament. In all
her roles within UCC she has gained the necessary skills and experience to
ensure that Cork Euros will be a fun, well organised, and smooth running
competition that everyone can enjoy.
Deputy Convenor - Eógan Hickey
Eógan is a current member of the UCC Law
Society and an active competitive debater. As
Moot Convenor of the 84th Session, he
successfully organised UCC’s largest ever
Moot Competition. He also served as Finance
Officer for the UCC Languages Ball. In these
positions Eógan has learned valuable skills
along the way which he will carry forward
with him to the EUDC Org Comm.
Finance Officer - Michelle Coyle
Michelle is a fully qualified accountant, having
completed a Masters in Accounting in UCC.
This ensures that she has the professional
training and knowledge needed to manage the
finances of Cork Euros. Michelle was auditor
of the UL Debating Union before coming to
UCC where she took up the position of Internal
Convenor. She has served as Chief Adjudicator
and convenor of many tournaments, including the Limerick Open.
Sponsorship Officer - James Reidy
James is the auditor of the UCC Law Society.
He has previously sat on the Philosoph
committee as IV Convenor of the 163rd
Session, and as Schools Convenor of the 164th
session. Contacting and liaising with sponsors
was an integral part of both these roles,
ensuring that he has the necessary skills and
experience to attract top name sponsors to
Socials Officer - Clodagh Feehley
Clodagh has been involved in debating since
she first came to university. As well as
representing Cork at national and international
competitions, she has sat on the Philosoph
committee both as Projects Offider and Social
Secretary. In her roles she has organised the
Philosoph Gala, a banquet ball for both
current and alumni members and well as other
internal tournaments, including the Lord Mayor's Gold Medal. Clodagh
has also worked professionally in Cork's hospitality sector, allowing her to
create personal contacts with the managers and promoters of Cork's top
venues. She will ensure that everyone enjoys themselves at Cork Euros.
Head of Volunteers - Sarah Dunphy
As Head Volunteer Sarah will be charged with
recruiting and training the 60-70 volunteers
needed to run Cork Euros. Sarah has served as
Social Secretary of the 164th Session and is
the current Auditor of the Philosoph. She is an
experienced leader who will ensure that that
Cork's proud tradition of well trained,
knowledgeable, and friendly volunteers will
PRO - Ellen Flanagan
Ellen is the current IV Convenor for the
Philosoph. She will be responsible for the
promotion, marketing, and press coverage of
Cork Euros. With two years experience in
marketing and publicity, Ellen can guarantee
that Cork Euros will attract high profile
coverage, giving knock on benefits to
sponsorship and public sector support.
To Be Appointed
A registration officer will be appointed if the bid is successful. This person
will be the main liaison between registered teams and the Org Comm.
They will be responsible for providing invitation letters for those who
require visas, and any other queries relating to registration.
To Be Appointed
A hospitality officer will be appointed if the bid is successful. They will be
responsible for room assignments and accommodation queries, along with
organising the cultural tours, and the walking tours on arrival.
The City Of Cork 20
Cork is a wonderful city with so much to offer. Often referred to as the
‘real capital’ of Ireland, Cork is a modern and vibrant city that has
managed to retain so much of it’s cultural heritage and history. Cork was
the European Capital of Culture in 2005, and was named in Lonely
Planet’s Top 10 Cities in the World to Visit.
Cork is a small and compact city, the main shopping centre is a ten minute
walk from the main UCC campus, as are all the main night life spots. Cork
is well known as a 'foodie' city, home to the famous English Market.
We would encourage all competitors to explore the city and surrounding
county in their down time. Walking tours will be available on arrivals day,
so you can get to know the city. If there is sufficient interest, bus trips to
the Blarney Stone and the Cliffs of Moher (two of Ireland's biggest tourist
attractions) will be available.
Travelling To Cork 21
Cork airport is located just 20 minutes from Cork city, a regular bus
service runs from the airport to the city centre. Cork airport offers direct
routes to and from many major airports in Europe, including London,
Glasgow, Liverpool, Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, Gdansk, and Vilnius.
Volunteers will greet participants at the airport and direct them to
Dublin airport is 3 hours from Cork city, routes to all major European
cities operate from Dublin. A bus runs every hour from Dublin airport to
Cork city. Volunteers will also be present at Dublin airport
As an island, Ireland also has several major ferry routes connecting the
country to mainland Europe. Ferries run daily from Cork to Roscoff,
Rosslare to Cherbourg, Rosslare to Fishguard, Dublin to Holyhead, and
from Dublin to Liverpool.
On arrivals day volunteers will be on hand at the Cork bus and train station
to help all competitors to find their way to UCC
We have already secured €10,000 in sponsorship from UCC. Our finances
are sound and we have enough money to run the competition without any
further sponsorship. We have booked and guaranteed venues and
accommodation, and have received quotes for food, security, and other
Of course we will be actively seeking additional sponsorship and this
money will be used to increase the quality of the event overall, on
additional judges, extra drinks vouchers, and treats for participants.
Brief budget as of the 19tht
of July, 2014.
Team Cap (240)
Alumni Reg Free 299
@ 480 team individuals
120 institutional judges
Socials (not including venues) 12,205
Misc (including promotional
Adjudication Costs 11,800
Venue Costs 7,000
Security Costs 3,000
Registration will follow the process used by Manchester EUDC and
Zagreb EUDC. Ranking based on the number of past EUDC breaks will
determine team allocation. The large team cap should guarantee that all
institutions receive at least one team spot. Registration will open in March
of 2016. A deposit will be necessary to secure team spots, with the balance
to be paid in May.
Further details will be available closer to the time.
EUDC isn’t just about debating, it’s about so much more than that. EUDC
represents an opportunity for debaters from all over Europe to come
together and to make lifelong friends. Socials will be of utmost
importance at Cork Euros. Cork is a student city, well known for having a
vibrant and diverse social scene, which participants of Cork Euros will get
We will create an inclusive environment where everyone feels comfortable
and welcome. Alcohol free socials will be provided on all nights of the
competition, alongside traditional socials, so there is something to cater for
UCC is a ten minute walk from Cork city centre, and Cork’s City Centre
has plenty of bars and clubs that can hold all of our competitors. As well as
regular socials, there will also be themed socials including a traditional
Irish Music night, a LGBT* night and of course the ultimate Cork
Women’s night will feature more prominently than ever. It will be a night
for all participants to celebrate women and their contribution to the world
On the night of the grand final, a gala dinner will be held at a luxury 4 star
hotel, the Rochestown Park Hotel. Participants will be treated to a
champagne reception and a four course meal followed by live music, a DJ,
and dancing late into the night. A fitting end to what is sure to be a
EUDC can be a stressful experience at times, we will have daily activities
between rounds, such as a petting zoo, for anyone in need of a break from
The majority of the tournament will take place on the main campus of
University College Cork. The campus is located in the heart of Cork city,
and is within walking distance of all local amenities. Competitors will be
able to avail of walking tours of the UCC campus and Cork city on arrivals
day, in order to familiarise themselves with their home from home for the
All In rounds will take place in rooms that will be no more than a 3 minute
walk from the main announce room. There will be plenty of volunteers on
hand to show you to your rooms.
Lunch and dinner will also be served on campus. Any dietary requirements
will be of no issue, vegetarian, vegan, gluten intolerance, dairy intolerance,
halal, and kosher will all be catered for.
The Grand Final will take place in Cork City Hall. This impressive concert
hall is a perfect reflection of the grandeur of the occasion, and is one that
all competitors and participants will be sure to remember.
All participants (both speakers and judges) will be housed in UCC’s
Participants will share fully furnished apartments for the duration of the
competition. (Castlewhite and Brookfield). Apartments are fitted with 4 - 8
bedrooms (both single and twin rooms available), a sitting room, private
bathroom, and fully equipped kitchen. Apartments will be stocked with
breakfast before arrival.
These apartments are just a five minute walk from the main UCC campus
where in rounds will be held, so no buses required! With the exception of
the final gala dinner, all socials will also be within walking distance of the
Participants will have access to the Brookfield leisure centre, which comes
complete with its own swimming pool and water slide!
Cork EUDC will be organised by the Philosph and the Law Society, two of
the largest societies in UCC. The majority of our volunteers will come
from this core membership. The Philosoph organises one of the largest
schools debating competitions in Ireland, we expect that many of our
young debaters will be eager to volunteer during the competition and will
help with day time activities. 40 volunteers will be drawn from these
Ireland has a very strong competitive debating circuit, and members of
other Irish institutions have shown huge support for the bid so far, we
expect many of our volunteers will come from within Ireland. An open call
for volunteers will be put out in May of 2016 to recruit a further 20 - 30
volunteers of required.
Volunteers are key to a successful tournament, our volunteers, led by
Sarah, will be fully trained and well organised. They will be a friendly and
helpful face to all participants.
Thank you for taking the time to read our bid
If you have any questions or would like more
information on any part of the bid please email Ciara at
If your question is relevant to adjudication please email
Sally and Viktor at email@example.com
We hope to see you in Cork in 2016.