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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…

If you would like to join, just come along to the Crawford Art Gallery on Thursday evenings and enquire at the desk near the lecture hall. Lectures start at 8.00pm. Alternatively, you can contact the secretary by email.

would you like to join

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 18 October 2018
'What are these mysterious quantum technologies?' is the title of the talk
by Dr. Emanuele Pelucchi,

Thursday 25 October
Renowned polar historian and author, Michael Smith, will investigate the fascinating world of 'Ireland's Antarctic Explorers'.

Thursday 1 November
Dr. Ann Wilson, Lecturer in Visual Culture and Design History, Cork Institute of Technology, returns with a presentation on ‘Sacred and Profane: Church Art and Architecture in Cork City’