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The Cork Literary and Scientific Society was founded in 1820 and is one of the oldest such societies in Ireland.  Members still enjoy a series of lectures held during the winter months. 

Talks on a wide range subjects are offered by the Society, including world-wide themes, local topics, stories of exploration and many, many more ….

Due to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, our talks for 2021-22 season will be held online.  We have arranged a series of pre-recorded online lectures that will be available to members.  Non-members are also welcome to view the talks, please contact the secretary by email for further information.


would you like to join

The membership fee for all online lectures for the season 2021-22 is €25.

To view a single online lecture the fee is €5.

Contact the secretary by email for details.



upcoming lectures

We are holding all of our lectures online for the 2021-22 season.  Members will be sent a link to each talk which will be active for seven days.

28 October 2021 - John Ware
'Dirty Shirts: the Royal Munster Fusiliers in 1914'.

4 November 2021 - An Van Camp
'Rembrandt in Print: the Ashmolean’s exhibition at the Crawford Art Gallery'.

11 November 2021 - Dr. Alicia St. Leger
'Exploring St. Mary's Collegiate Church, Youghal, Co. Cork'. 

18 November 2021 - Dr. Melusine Pigeon
'E-waste: Our global issue'. 

25 November 2021 - James O'Neill
  'Ireland's Secret Woodland Wader: the Woodcock'. 

2 December 2021 - Dr. Aidan Quinn
'Can we make compostable carbon sensors to reduce food waste?'

See the Lectures page for more details of these talks.