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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

All lectures are held in the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, starting at 8pm.

Celebrating 200 years!

Thursday 17 October 2019
Dr. Ger Fitzgibbon will open our 200th season with a talk entitled: '"The nature of an Insurrection": The strange case of Shakespeare and the Irish Rising.'

Thursday 24 October 2019
The remarkable story of 'Edward Bransfield- Forgotten Irish Antarctic Explorer' will be described by well-known speaker Jim Wilson.

Thursday 31 October 2019
Peter Murray, former Director of the Crawford Art Gallery, returns with a presentation on actors Hurd Hatfield and Angela Lansbury, their lives and careers and their close connections with Cork.

Thursday 7 November 2019
Explorer, writer, photographer and broadcaster Jasper Winn will provide a lecture on 'Japanese Walk: a 1,200 kilometre pilgrimage on the Shikoku 88-Temple trail.'

Thursday 14 November 2019
'Blackrock: probably Cork's most historic suburb!' is the title of the talk by historian and author Diarmuid Ó Drisceoil.

Thursday 21 November 2019
Cameraman and director Godfrey Graham will present his short film 'A Jar with Brendan Behan', starring the great Cork actor Niall Tóibín.

Thursday 28 November 2019
Frances McCarthy, CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, will provide an overview of the Apollo Moon missions and look to the future of planned missions with the Lunar Gateway and on to Mars.

Thursday 5 December 2019
'Pompeii: Vesuvius' Legacy and Warning' is the title of the lecture by David Edwards, a renowned speaker on the environment, geography and travel.


Thursday 16 January 2020
Photographer, cameraman and director of documentaries Ed Godsell will present 'The Balkans: the land of blood and honey'.

Thursday 23 January 2020
‘Fossils in technicolor: detection and applications of fossil colour in ancient frogs, snakes and dinosaurs’ is the topic of the talk by Dr. Maria McNamara, Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science, UCC.

Thursday 30 January 2020
The fascinating subject of 'The Humour of Cork' will be examined by Des MacHale, author and Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at UCC.

Thursday 6 February 2020
‘The Last Cooper' - ten years after the closure of the Beamish and Crawford brewery in Cork, photographer David Creedon presents images of this historical site.

Thursday 13 February 2020
Dr. Connie Kelleher of the State Underwater Archaeology Unit will discuss 'Pride, Honour and the Fall of an Empire: The 1628 Wreck of Santa Ana Maria in Castlehaven'.

Thursday 20 February 2020
The fascinating story of a Cork hotel will be described by local historian and author, Ronnie Herlihy in 'Two centuries of service to Cork - The Imperial Hotel'.

Thursday 27 February 2020
Explorer, photographer and author John Pilkington will make a special return visit for our 200th season and will give one of his classic presentations: 'Up the Mekong to Tibet'.

Thursday 5 March 2020
Our season concludes with a talk by UCC forest ecologist Dr. Markus Eichhorn on 'Lasers in the Jungle'.