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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 meet regularly in Cork to hear a series of sixteen lectures held during the winter months.

There is a wide range of lectures offered by the society, including world-wide subjects, local topics, stories of exploration and many many more…

If you would like to join, just come along to the Crawford Art Gallery on Thursday evenings and enquire at the desk near the lecture hall. Lectures start at 8.00pm. Alternatively, you can contact the secretary by email.

would you like to join

The membership fee is €40 which includes all sixteen lectures or you can attend each individual lecture for €8 per lecture.

Contact the secretary by email for details or you can download an application form here.


upcoming lectures

Thursday 9 February
Dr. Mary Breen, Department of English, UCC will explore ‘The many pleasures of reading Molly Keane's novel Good Behaviour’.

Thursday 16 February
Explorer, photographer and author John Pilkington returns with a new lecture entitled ‘Russia and Europe – what next?’

Thursday 23 February
‘Ripples in the Quiet Man’ is the intriguing title of the presentation by Professor Des MacHale.

Thursday 2 March
Historian and author Mark Davies will discuss ‘From Alice to Zuleika: a Literary Tour (with Irish diversion) of ‘river-rounded’ Oxford.’