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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 13 October
Our season opens with ‘The Way We Were in 1916: a musical journey through the lives of the ordinary people of one hundred years ago’, presented by Linda Kenny (actor & soprano), Alan Carney (musician & performer) and Michael Twomey (actor & director).

Thursday 20 October
Dr. Kieran Hickey, Department of Geography, UCC, will discuss ‘The natural and cultural history of wolves in Ireland.’

Thursday 27 October
‘Ernest Shackleton – Ireland’s Greatest Explorer’ is the title of the talk by renowned polar historian and author Michael Smith.