At the beginning of each academic year, many students flood into the Fresher’s Fair in front square and Trinity Hall to join Trinity’s prestigious Business and Economics society. It’s reputation is one built on the insightful business events it hosts with a variety of distinguished industry experts and of course, it’s well-known social nights that students who have long graduated from Trinity still remember fondly.

DUBES unites the students of Trinity together in a social capacity through their annual events that have acted as a rite of passage for BESS students as well as students from other disciplines over the last 90 years. These include the unique mystery tour and of course the institution that is BESS Ball – one of the most renowned highpoints of the academic year for students across a variety of courses.


DUBES, now in its 91st session holds the largest and most exclusive society event of the year in the form of BESS Ball, Trinity’s oldest black-tie ball. The BESS ball began in the year 1929, where it was just a small formal gathering with committee members. Since then, it has developed into one of Trinity’s most prestigious annual social events. Each year the DUBES committee decide on a lavish theme for the night, which adds to its originality and extravagance.

This spectacular night usually takes place in February and is held in some of the most gorgeous venues around Ireland such as Killashee House hotel which adds to its exclusive qualities. A glamorous evening commences when guests are greeted with a drinks reception upon arrival to the venue followed by a three course dinner. Guests then dance the night away whilst being entertained until sunrise by world famous artists such as John Gibbons in 2020 and Friends Within in 2019. All in all, it is truly an unmissable night.

Mystery Tour

The DUBES annual Mystery Tour has been running for the past seven years. This event has always proved to be a unique and fun way to widen your social circle while experiencing a different kind of night outside of our familiar territory of Dublin. The Mystery Tour is spontaneous and full of wonder as we bring you on an exploration of the best locations around Ireland for an exhilarating night. Along with our other staple DUBES events, the Mystery Tour is a very popular night among students with tickets selling out annually. Usually being held in October.Our buses will transport attendees to the mystery location. An exciting theme is set to give the attendees a slight idea of what is to come, it’s a fantastic way to kick off Michaelmas Term after surviving Fresher’s Week!

Movember Free Ride

Free Ride is an event that DUBES runs in conjunction with the Movember Foundation, the world’s leading men’s health charity which focuses on prostate and testicular cancer as well as men’s mental health and suicide prevention. This will be DUBES third year running Free Ride coming off the back of two overwhelmingly successful years with a massive amount of participants each year raising both awareness and money for the very worthy charity. 

In order to enter, participants must raise a set amount of money for the charity (which is normally very much exceeded). The event itself is a challenge which involves participants leaving Dublin and getting to a set destination in Europe via two mystery locations which are revealed on the route. However, this is not as easy as it sounds as you cannot use any of your own money and must rely completely on the generosity of those you meet on your journey to the final European city.

With our inaugural Free Ride to Berlin in 2018 followed by last year’s journey to Budapest, DUBES has raised over €16,000 for the Movember Foundation through its participation in this event. We hope to build on the success of previous years, and continue to support such a deserving cause in the future.

Calendar 2020/21

Please note that this is a provisional calendar and is subject to change dependent on Covid-19 restrictions and college guidelines. Please follow our social media accounts for regular updates.

Michaelmas Term 

5th October – Q&A with Ernst & Young

7th October – Ernst & Young CV Clinic 

8th October – Post Budget Analysis with Ernst & Young 

27th October – Diversity in the Workplace event in conjunction with the Trinity Afrocaribbean Society 

4th November – Bobby Healy, CEO of Manna 

17th NovemberBrian Curtin, Head of Growth at Revolut 

16th December – Peter Bellew, COO of EasyJet

Further event and speaker updates will be made as the academic year progresses.