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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.



past lectures


13 October 2016
Michael Twomey with Linda Kenny and Alan Carney - ‘The Way We Were in 1916: a musical journey through the lives of the ordinary people of one hundred years ago’.

20 October
Dr. Kieran Hickey -  ‘The natural and cultural history of wolves in Ireland.’

27 October
Michael Smith - ‘Ernest Shackleton – Ireland’s Greatest Explorer’.

3 November
Michael Lenihan - ‘Aspects of Cork Printing 1750-1900’.

10 November
David Edwards - ‘My Exploding World’.

 17 November
David Creedon - ‘Ghosts of the Faithful Departed’.

24 November
Dr. Peter Deller  -  ‘Kevan Izod Leslie: a Cork Officer in Wellington’s Army’.

1 December
Chris Ramsden  - ‘A Day in the Life of the Monard Spade Mills’.

12 January 2017
Jasper Winn - ‘The Water Roads - following Britain's canals afoot and afloat’.

19 January
Canon George Salter -  interesting aspects of the West Limerick area.

26 January
Rachel Abraham  - ‘Remembering Sgt. Myles Abraham DCM MM’.

2 February
Declan Hassett - ‘A Man for All Reasons’.

9 February
Dr. Mary Breen, - ‘The many pleasures of reading Molly Keane's novel Good Behaviour.

16 February
John Pilkington  - ‘Russia and Europe – what next?’

23 February
Prof. Des MacHale  - ’Ripples in the Quiet Man’.

2 March
Mark Davies - ‘From Alice to Zuleika: a Literary Tour (with Irish diversion) of ‘river-rounded’ Oxford.’

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
Historian Dr. Alicia St. Leger presented an illustrated talk on 'Huguenot Links with Cork'. 



15 October 2015
Tim OBrien - ‘The River Lee hydroelectric scheme and St. Ann’s Hydro, Blarney’.

22 October
Godfrey Graham - ‘Seán Ó Faoláin’.

29 October
Canon George Salter - ‘Lough Derg and the historic city of Limerick’.

5 November
David Edwards - ‘Montserrat: Snake Hunting under the Volcano’.

12 November
David Creedon - ‘Behind Open Doors’.

19 November
Dr. Ger Fitzgibbon - ‘Shakespeare: The Man and the Works’.

26 November
Tim Severin - ‘The Sindbad Voyage’.

3 December
Dr. John Barrett - ‘The Internet of Things – a New Industrial Revolution?’

14 January 2016
Gerry White - ‘Order, Counter-order and Disorder – Cork and the 1916 Rising’.

21 January
Dr. Connie Kelleher - ‘From Spanish Armada Wrecks to Pirate Ships: The Work of the State Underwater Archaeology Unit’.

28 January
Shane Lehane - ‘The Irish Folk Year: New Perspectives on Irish Traditional Calendar Custom and Ritual.’

4 February
Professor Des MacHale - ‘Sherlock Holmes, James Moriarty and George Boole’.

11 February
Michael Twomey - ‘When Moby Dick came to Youghal’.

18 February
Keith Holmes - ‘Camera in the Cotswolds’.

25 February
Jim Fitzgibbon - ‘The First Nations and others’.

3 March
Dr. Alicia St. Leger - ‘Adam Buck: A Regency Artist from Cork’.



16 October 2014
Dr. Bozena Cierlik - ‘God’s playground: Poland and East Central Europe’.

23 October
Prof. Rorke Bryan - ‘Antarctica Then and Now: The Legacy of Shackleton’.

30 October
Dr. Steven OConnor - ‘Irish Officers in the British Forces, 1922-45’.

6 November
Denis MacSweeney - ‘Henry Ford: The Cork Connection’.

13 November
Dr. Clíona OCarroll - ‘Life, livelihoods and social history in Cork from the 1930s: an introduction to the audio archives of the Cork Folklore Project’.

20 November
Michael Loftus - ‘Engagement between Higher Education and Industry - Trends and Opportunities’.

27 November
Dr. John L. Quinn - ‘Studying Intelligence and Personality in Birds’.

4 December
Louise Harrington - 'Daniel Levie (1875-1963) : A Scottish Architect in Cork’.

15 January 2015
Jasper Winn - ‘The Art and Rewards of Slow Adventure’.

22 January
Darren Reidy - ‘The world’s first Green Flag university: journeys in creating UCC’s green campus’.

29 January
Helen Dillon - ‘Gardening’.

5 February
Canon George Salter - ‘Clonmacnoise: the bedrock of Christianity …. and other places.’

12 February
Paddy OSullivan - ‘The Forgotten Copper mines of West Carbery’.

19 February
John Pilkington - ‘A Balkan Adventure’.

26 February
Declan Hassett - ‘Hidden Heroines’.

5 March
Felicity Aston, - ‘Pole of Cold’.



17 October 2013
Dr. Paddy Sleeman - ‘Cork’s Otters, Badgers and Ireland’s Biodiversity’.

24 October
Dr. Mary Breen - ‘The Pleasures of Reading Jane Austen’.

31 October
Peter Murray - ‘Realism and Genre in nineteenth century Irish Art’.

7 November
James Cronin - ‘Exotic Envoy: a representation of race in a forge of empire’.

14 November
John Hooton - ‘Gathering Light on the Dingle Coast’.

21 November
Captain William Wells - ‘The Vikings’.

28 November
Dr. Connie Kelleher - ‘Piracy in early seventeenth century south-west Munster: Sea Sharkers and Land Pirates’.

5 December
Diarmuid Ó Drisceoil - ‘The Early Years of Beamish and Crawford – Merchant Princes to Brewers’.

16 January 2014
Gerry White - ‘The Victoria Cross and Cork VCs of the Great War’.

23 January
Frances McCarthy - ‘Solar System Astronomy’.

30 January
Canon George Salter - ‘Sunny South East: our Great Heritage’.

6 February
Daithi Fallon - ‘Innovative Trends in Biomedical Devices’.

13 February
David Edwards - ‘New Zealand – land of wonder’.

20 February
Michael Twomey - ‘John B. and me’.

27 February
Keith Holmes - ‘A Taste of Cornwall’.

6 March
Jim Fitzgibbon - ‘Darwin Revealed’.