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RDS Library Speaker Series

Through the Library Speaker Series, the RDS hosts a diverse range of interesting and informative talks by noted speakers for Members of the Society and the general public. This continues a long established tradition of lectures at the Society reaching back over 200 years.

RDS Library Speaker Series

The subject matter of the talks covers many areas of knowledge or topics associated with the Foundation aims of the Society including art, travel, sport, science, music, food, and modern living. Some significant historical anniversaries are also marked by an associated talk linking to an exhibition in the RDS Library.

Talks take place on Wednesday evenings at 6.00pm (unless otherwise stated), generally during the months of February/April (Spring Series) and October/November (Autumn Series), each year.

Refreshments are served following the talk, in a friendly and informal setting, allowing for discussion and networking opportunities.

Please note that Peter Klimley is giving his talk at the RDS on a Monday,  (29 September) at 6.30pm and further talks at venues outside Dublin in the days following. Details of his talk at the RDS can be found by clicking on the link. A direct e-mail booking link is provided for those talks outside Dublin.

Rorke Bryan is giving his talk to the Cork Literary and Scientific Society in the week prior to his visit to the RDS, a link is provided to the website of the Cork Literary and Scientific Society for further details of the event.
Monday, September 29: Peter Klimley 'The Conservation of Sharks: Sharks Beware of Humans, not Humans Beware of Sharks' 
In association with the Irish Basking Shark Study Group and the Embassy of the United States

Tuesday, September 30: Peter Klimley 'Electromagnetic Fields: How they affect aquatic species migration and behaviour' - Queens University Belfast 1.00pm

Wednesday, October 1: Peter Klimley 'The Conservation of Sharks: Sharks Beware of Humans, not Humans Beware of Sharks'
Carndonagh Secondary School Donegal - This is a school based workshop for school pupils only.

Wednesday, October 1: Dan Cruickshank 'The Inspiration and Influences of Irish Architecture in the 18th & 19th Centuries'
In Association with the Irish Georgian Society

Thursday, October 2: Peter Klimley 'Electromagnetic Fields: How They Affect Aquatic Species Migration and Behaviour' Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology 1.00pm

Thursday, October 2: Peter Klimley 'The Biology of Sharks and Rays' National Aquarium Galway 6.00pm
Wednesday, October 8: Matthew Dempsey 'Sunset or Sunrise: Irish Agriculture'

Wednesday, October 22:  Brian Hollinshead 'Open Street Map'

Thursday, October 23: Rorke Bryan 'Antarctica Then and Now: The Legacy of Shackleton' - Crawford Art Gallery Cork 8.00pm

Wednesday, October 29: Rorke Bryan 'Antarctica Then and Now: The Legacy of Shackleton' 
In Association with the Cork Literary and Scientific Society

Wednesday, November 12: Rhona Richman Kenneally 'The Model Farmhouse: Rural Domestic Design at the Royal Dublin Society during the Mid-Twentieth Century'.

Friday, November 14: Michael O'Siadhail Poetry Reading
This event is being held as part of Dublin Book Festival 13 - 16 November

Wednesday, November 19: Monsignor Ciaran O'Carroll 'The Irish College in Rome'

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For further information, please contact:

Library Desk
RDS Library
Dublin 4
Tel: +353 (0) 1 240 7254
Fax: +353 (0) 1 240 7293
Email: librarydesk@rds.ie

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