Part of the Crawford Gallery


Part of the Craford Gallery



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

The membership fee is €40 for sixteen lectures or you can attend individual lectures for €8 per lecture, contact the secretary by email for details or You can download an application form here.


Thursday 15 October
Tim O’Brien will explore the River Lee hydroelectric scheme and look back at St. Ann’s Hydro, Blarney.

Thursday 22 October
Retired RTE cameraman Godfrey Graham will discuss working with writer Seán Ó Faoláin on a film about the epic journey made by St. Columbanus to Rome. The short film, shot in Italy, will be screened.

Thursday 29 October
Our President, Canon George Salter, will present an illustrated talk on Lough Derg and the historic city of Limerick.

Thursday 5 November
A welcome return visit by David Edwards who will describe ‘Montserrat: Snake Hunting under the Volcano’.

Thursday 12 November
Cork based documentary photographic artist David Creedon will present ‘Behind Open Doors’, portraying images of Cuba, a country trapped between traditional society and modernity.

Thursday 19 November
Dr. Ger Fitzgibbon, recently retired Head of Drama and Theatre Studies in UCC, will discuss ‘Shakespeare: The Man and the Works’, as we approach the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016.

Thursday 26 November
Explorer, author and film-maker, Tim Severin, will present ‘The Sindbad Voyage’ describing his journey on an Arab sailing ship from Muscat to China to investigate the legends of Sindbad the Sailor.

Thursday 3 December
Dr. John Barrett, Department of Electronic Engineering at Cork Institute of Technology, will examine the next major evolution of the internet in ‘The Internet of Things – a New Industrial Revolution?’

Thursday 14 January
In this significant centenary year, Gerry White will present a talk on ‘Order, Counter-order and Disorder – Cork and the 1916 Rising’.

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

Thursday 28 January
Shane Lehane, Cultural and Heritage Studies, Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa, will discuss ‘The Irish Folk Year: New Perspectives on Irish Traditional Calendar Custom and Ritual.’

Thursday 4 February
Professor Des MacHale, author of a biography of the renowned mathematician George Boole, will present a talk entitled ‘Sherlock Holmes, James Moriarty and George Boole’.

Thursday 11 February
Renowned actor and director, Michael Twomey returns to give an illustrated presentation describing ‘When Moby Dick came to Youghal’.

Thursday 18 February
Noted photographer Keith Holmes will explore a beautiful region of England in ‘Camera in the Cotswolds’.

Thursday 25 February
Jim Fitzgibbon will investigate fascinating aspects of Canada in his talk on ‘The First Nations and others’.

Thursday 3 March
To conclude our season, Kieran Heffernan will present a lecture on ‘Some lesser known houses of the Blackwater Valley’.