For the last 50 years the School of Philosophy and Economic Science has been presenting practical philosophy classes on an entirely voluntary, non-profit basis in 25 branches all over the island of Ireland.

These classes are presented in each of 3 terms over a calendar year. Students are welcome to attend for 1 term or 2 terms or as many terms as they wish.

Introductory Course

In their first term new students attend The Introductory Course which runs for 10 weeks. The topic of this course is ‘Wisdom’ and the detailed content of the course can be found on our website. Practical aspects of wisdom are discussed each week and a handout summarizing the main points is available at the end of each class.

These courses all start in the week commencing 16th September 2019. Although students are encouraged to stay with the same class throughout the term, where available it is possible to attend a different class in a given week if you are not in a position to attend your regular class. This option extends to attending in a different branch in a given week if that facilitates your attendance for that week.

Follow on Courses

For those who wish to continue on after the Introductory Course, Level 2 has a further 4 terms on the topics of Love, Happiness, Presence of Mind and Freedom. On completion of Level 2 you can then progress to Level 3 which has a further 7 terms covering a wide variety of philosophical topics.

In the fifth term (i.e. the term discussing Freedom) there is an opportunity to be introduced to mantra based meditation.

Course Fees €10 / £10 for the Introductory Course, €140 / £100 per term for all other Philosophy courses.

Key Dates

Autumn term 2019 – Commences in the week starting 16th Sep 2019, ends in the week starting 25th Nov 2019.

Spring term 2020 – Commences in the week starting 13th Jan 2019, terminates in the week starting 16th Mar 2020

Additional Courses

Although the majority of our courses follow the ongoing study of Practical Philosophy we also offer courses in Economic Justice, Plato and Sanskrit. The details of these courses can be found on our website.



Galway - 7a Raven Terrace, Fr. Griffin Road, Galway, Galway, H91 W2NR. Wednesday @ 19.30

Sligo - Glasshouse Hotel, Swan Point, Sligo, Sligo. Thursday @ 19.30

Tuam - Corralea Hotel, The Square, Tuam, Galway. Wednesday @ 19.30


Balbriggan - Castlelands Community Centre, Castlelands, Balbriggan, Dublin. Thursday @ 19.30

Dublin 4 - SPES, 47-49 Northumberland Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, D04 R128. Monday @ 19.30, Tuesday @ 19.30, Wednesday @ 19.30, Thursday @ 19.30 or Saturday @ 10.00

Dublin North - Hilton Dublin Airport, Northern Cross, Malahide Road, Dublin. Tuesday @ 19.30

Dublin South - John Scottus Secondary School, Old Conna, Ferndale Road, Rathmichael, Co Dublin. Tuesday @ 19.30

Dundalk - Carnbeg Hotel & Spa, Armagh Road, Dundalk, Louth. Wednesday @ 19.30

Kilkenny – St Kieran’s College, College Road, Kilkenny. Wednesday @ 19.30

Longford – The Family Centre, St. Mel's Road, Longford. Thursday @ 19.30

Naas - 2A Crofton Court, New Row, Naas, Kildare. Tuesday @ 19.30

Townley Hall - Townley Hall Main House, Slane Rd, Townleyhall, Drogheda, County Louth. Tuesday @ 19.30


Cork- 18 Anglesea St, Ballintemple, Cork, T12 HCD8. Monday @ 19.30 or Thursday @ 19.30

Ennis- Clare Education Centre, Kilrush Road, Ennis. Tuesday @ 19.30

Limerick- Crescent House, Upper Hartstonge Street, Limerick. Tuesday @ 19.30

Nenagh- Nenagh Community Training Centre, St. Johns Place, Nenagh, Tipperary. Thursday @ 19.30

Newcastle West Desmond Complex, Gortboy, Newcastle West, Limerick. Monday @ 19.30

Waterford - 1 George's Street, Waterford, Waterford. Wednesay @ 10.00 Or Wednesday @ 19:30


Belfast - Wellington Park Hotel, Malone Road, Belfast, Antrim. Wednesday @ 19.30

Derry / Londonderry - St. Columb’s Park House, Limavady Road, Derry, BT47 6JY. Monday @ 10.30 or Monday @ 19.30

Carrickmacross - The Work House, Shercock Road, Carrickmacross, Monaghan. Thursday @ 19.30

Newry - The Parish Centre, 39-41 The Mall, Newry, Down. Monday @ 19.30