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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


12 October 2017
Bernard Wilson – ‘Mary Elmes, The Irish Schindler? Yes - but much, much more!’

19 October     
Shane Lehane – ‘Much Ado About Beekeeping: Exploring the Vernacular Craft’.

26 October     
Denise Heywood – ‘Legend & Lustre: Jim Thompson, Thai Silk, a Teak House and a Hollywood Film’.

2 November   
Godfrey Graham – a film based on music by Cork jazz composer Bobby Lamb.

9 November   
Jim Murphy – ‘Richard Hingston - Cork's Forgotten Hero’.

16 November 
Aileen Crean O’Brien & Bill Sheppard – ‘Emerging from the shadow of Tom Crean’.

23 November 
Dr. Barra O Donnabhain – ‘The Victorian Convict Prison on Spike Island 1847-1883’.

30 November 
Dr. Alicia St. Leger - ‘Huguenot Links with Cork’.

11 January 2018
Dr. Ann Wilson – ‘Life in Edwardian Ireland: a picture-postcard collection’.

18 January
Kari Herbert – ‘The Explorer's Daughter’.

25 January
Kevin N. Power – ‘The Old Opera House, My Second Home’.

1 February
Frances McCarthy – Space Exploration.

8 February
Daniela Iacopino ‘Nanotechnology meets art’.

15 February
Dr. John Borgonovo – ‘Cork Women, American Sailors, and the Moral Panic of 1917-18’

22 February
Karl Brady – ‘Diving into the Past: Archaeological Investigations of Ancient Logboats from Lough Corrib’.

1 March
Lecture cancelled due to severe weather.



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.’




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’.