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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 18 October 2018
'What are these mysterious quantum technologies?' is the title of the talk by Dr. Emanuele Pelucchi, Head of Epitaxy and Physics of Nanostructures at the Tyndall National Institute, UCC.

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’.

Thursday 8 November
Dr. Michael Nolan, Senior Staff Researcher at the Tyndall National Institute, UCC, will examine 'Why is our technologically advanced society afraid of science? Overcoming Sagan's "Daemon-Haunted World"'.

Thursday 15 November
Well known military historian and author, Gerry White, will explore 'The Story of the Unknown Warrior of Westminster Abbey’.

Thursday 22 November
Ornithologist Dr. John Hughes will look to the south Atlantic as he gives a presentation on 'Bird Surveys on Ascension Island'.

Thursday 29 November
Expert researcher Jim Herlihy will give a talk on ‘Tracing your Irish Police Ancestors’.

Thursday 6 December
Authors Professor Des MacHale and Yvonne Cohen will discuss 'New Light on George Boole in Cork'.



Thursday 17 January 2019
‘What does it mean to be an Energy Citizen, and what’s in it for me?’ is the title of the talk by Dr. Beth Massey, Head of Research at the International Energy Research Centre, UCC.

Thursday 24 January
Pat Gunn will give a presentation on the interesting topic of ‘Father O’Flynn and the Cork Shakespearean Company’.

Thursday 31 January
James Cronin, College Lecturer in Teaching and Learning Enhancement, UCC returns with a lecture on ‘A design for life: the Irish Arts and Crafts Movement (1893-1925) and the question of education for a New Ireland’.

Thursday 7 February
Local historian and author, Ronnie Herlihy, will examine an extraordinary figure in his talk on 'The Life and Tragic Death of Jerome Collins; Engineer, Meteorologist, Revolutionary, and Polar Explorer'.

Thursday 14 February
'Mapping Deep Water Habitats: Advances and Challenges' is the topic to be explored by Dr. Aaron Lim, Post-Doctoral Researcher at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UCC.

Thursday 21 February
Author Bob Jackson will look at the fascinating story of Dr. Aidan MacCarthy in ‘A Doctor’s Sword - how a Cork doctor survived war, captivity and the atomic bomb’.

Thursday 28 February
Explorer, photographer and author John Pilkington will describe his experiences in his latest talk 'To Eritrea and Ethiopia: Retracing a Victorian Expedition'.

Thursday 7 March
Dr. Jim McAdam will present a lecture on the remarkable story of 'Conor O'Brien – Patriot, Yachtsman and Author'.