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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…

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we will not be holding our lectures at the Crawford Art Gallery for the 2020-21 season. Instead we have arranged a series of pre-recorded online lectures that will be available to members. For further details please contact the secretary by email.

would you like to join

The membership fee for all online lectures for the season 2020-21 is €25.

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

Contact the secretary by email for details.


upcoming lectures

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are holding all of our lectures online for the 2020-21 season.  Members will be sent a link to each talk which will be active for seven days.
See the Lectures page for more details of these talks.

19 November 2020
Dr. Melusine Pigeon - 'Communicating bodies: introduction to wireless medical devices'.

26 November 2020
Amol Delmade - 'How Optics is Driving Modern Day Life'.

3 December 2020
Jim Wilson - 'Robert Forde: Cork Antarctic Explorer'.

28 January 2021
Michael Hayes - 'Powering the Internet of Things'.

4 February 2021
Prof. Pádraig Ó Macháin - 'The Book of Lismore'.

11 February 2021
Prof. John Quinn - 'Bird Research at University College Cork'.  

18 February 2021
Shane Lehane - ‘The Forgotten Traditions of Skellicking Day'.

25 February 2021
Dr. Ann Wilson - 'St. Colman's Cathedral, Cobh'.

4 March 2021
Hemalatha Muthuganesan - 'Miracles of Unseeable Light'.