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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 regurlarly in Cork to hear a series of 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 Metropole Hotel on Thursday evenings and enquire at the desk at the entrance to the lecture room. Lectures start at 8.00pm. Alternatively, you can contact the secretary by email.


would you like to join

The membership fee, allowing attendance at all lectures for the season, is €40 or you can attend an individual lecture for €8 per lecture.

Contact the secretary by email for details.





upcoming lectures

Our series of lectures for 2022-2023 will be held, in person, at our new venue of the Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street, Cork. All lectures start at 8.00pm.

3 November 2022
Jim Herlihy – 'Policing Ireland in 1922'

10 November 2022
Dr. Paddy Sleeman – 'The Ecology and Evolution of Ireland s Wild Mammals.'

17 November 2022
Professor Hannah E. Daly – 'Mapping a pathway to Ireland’s sustainable energy transformation'

24 November 2022
Michael Lenihan – 'The Burning of Cork City and Aspects of its Rebuilding.'

1 December 2022
John Kearon – ' ASGARD: Conserving Erskine Childers Historic Yacht.'


12 January 2023
Marcello Valente – 'I want no DNA in my tomatoes: myths and facts on the oldest biomolecule'

19 January 2023
Adam Whitbourn – 'The History and Development of Blarney Castle Gardens.'

26 January 2023
Dr. Michael Waldron – ‘In the Margins: Exploring the world of Harry Clarke.'

2 February 2023
Richard Murray – 'Low environmental cost sensors; when disposable is okay.'

9 February 2023
Gerard Crotty – 'Heraldry and St. Fin Barre s Cathedral.'

16 February 2023
Dr. Mary Breen – 'Examined Lives: Diaries, Journals and Household Accounts in Ireland 1750-1830.'

23 February 2023
Ana Claudia Ferriera – 'If a cow s gut could talk…'

2 March 2023
James Cronin – 'The cloths of heaven: women artisans and the Honan Chapel, Cork.'

See the Lectures page for more details of these talks.