World War II
With the advent of the Second World War; there was a temporary decline in activities, but premises were rented at first in Castle Street and later at Shaftesbury Square, where facilities were provided for billiards, table-tennis, drama and general social activities.
An early issue of the Collegian records a story about a police raid on the premises at 30, Shaftesbury Square. It appears that the building was situated next to a Masonic Hall and its rear was adjoining Sandy Row. Members were involved in redecorating on the evening before the official opening, when the police entered, only to find a number of main doing paintwork. The police, who had come to raid a Sinn Fein Club, were shown the members’ book and left after profuse apologies.
During the next few years there was an outstandingly good dramatic society, which won the Group Theatre Festival with “Fortunato” by the Quintero Brothers during 1944-45 and the subsequent two years took the Abbey Theatre Cup at the Father Matthew Feis in Dublin with “You Never Can Tell” by GB Shaw and “The Importance of Being Ernest” by Wilde. The producer at this time was Edward Gordon.