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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


Thursday 12 October 2017
Our season opens with Bernard Wilson’s presentation entitled 'Mary Elmes of Cork, The Irish Schindler? Yes - but much, much more!’

Thursday 19 October
‘Much Ado About Beekeeping: Exploring the Vernacular Craft’ is the title of the talk by Shane Lehane, Cultural and Heritage Studies, Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa.

Thursday 26 October
Denise Heywood returns to discuss a fascinating topic: ‘Legend & Lustre: Jim Thompson, Thai Silk, a Teak House and a Hollywood Film’.

Thursday 2 November
‘Music by a Corkman: Pictures by a Dubliner’ - cameraman and director Godfrey Graham will present his short film featuring music by jazz musician and composer Bobby Lamb from Cork.

Thursday 9 November
The remarkable life of Major Richard Hingston, doctor, explorer and naturalist, will be featured by Jim Murphy in ‘Richard Hingston - Cork's Forgotten Hero’.

Thursday 16 November
A presentation by Aileen Crean O’Brien and Bill Sheppard will look at their adventures in the Southern Ocean and on the island of South Georgia in ‘Emerging from the shadow of Tom Crean’.

Thursday 23 November
Dr. Barra O Donnabhain, Department of Archaeology at UCC, will focus on an interesting aspect of our history in his talk on ‘The Victorian Convict Prison on Spike Island 1847-1883’.

Thursday 30 November
In these centenary years commemorating the First World War, historian Dr. John Borgonovo of UCC will discuss ‘Cork Women, American Sailors, and the Moral Panic of 1917-18’.


Thursday 11 January 2018
'Life in Edwardian Ireland: a picture-postcard collection’ is the title of the talk by Dr. Ann Wilson, Lecturer in Visual Culture and Design History, Cork Institute of Technology.

Thursday 18 January
Author, travel photojournalist and publisher Kari Herbert will recall her childhood in northwest Greenland in ‘The Explorer's Daughter’.

Thursday 25 January
Fascinating memories of a much-loved theatre will be recalled by teacher, author and actor Kevin N. Power in his talk on ‘The Old Opera House, My Second Home’.

Thursday 1 February
Frances McCarthy, CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, will look at the history of space flight, human exploration of the Moon and robotic explorers of the solar system in her presentation entitled ‘Space Exploration’.

Thursday 8 February
Daniela Iacopino, researcher at the Tyndall National Institute, will present ‘Nanotechnology meets art: applications of nanomaterials in art conservation and preservation’.

Thursday 15 February
Our President, Canon George Salter, will look at a beautiful part of Ireland in his presentation on ‘North Kerry and the Ring of Kerry’.

Thursday 22 February
Karl Brady from the Underwater Archaeology Unit of the National Monuments Service will discuss ‘Diving into the Past: Archaeological Investigations of Ancient Logboats from Lough Corrib, Co. Galway’. 

Thursday 1 March
Our season concludes with a talk by expert researcher Jim Herlihy on ‘Tracing your Irish Police Ancestors’.