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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.

27 January 2022 - Dr. Eoin Lettice 
'UCC Arboretum: Learning from a living collection'.

3 February 2022 - Sibéal Regan 
Exploring the fascinating world of whales and dolphins.

10 February 2022 - Dr. Mary Breen
'Examined Lives: Diaries, Journals and Household Accounts in Ireland 1750-1830'.

17  February 2022 - Sean McKeown 
‘The role of modern zoological institutions in conserving global biodiversity - Fota's contribution to saving endangered species’.

24 February 2022 - Dr. Niamh Shaw 
'Niamh Shaw - Dream Big: Science with Creativity in the Space Sector'.

3 March 2022 - Prof. Pádraig Ó Macháin 
'Vellum and paper as materials in Gaelic manuscripts, 1468-1650'.

See the Lectures page for more details of these talks.