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 17th September 2018. 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, Philosophy and Happiness, 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 2018 – Commences in the week starting 17th Sept 2018, ends in the week starting 19th Nov 2018.

Spring term 2019 – Commences in the week starting 14th Jan 2019, ends in the week starting 18th Mar 2019.

Summer term 2019 – Commences in the week starting 29th Apr 2019, ends in the week starting 1st Jul 2019.

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. Thursday @ 19.30 or Friday @ 10.00

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

Westport - Hotel Westport, Westport, Mayo. Tuesday @ 19.30


Carlow - The Parish Centre, College Street, Graigue, Carlow. Tuesday @ 19.30

Drogheda - City North Hotel, Gormanstown, Meath, K32 W562. Wednesday @ 19.30

Dublin 4 - SPES, 47-49 Northumberland Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, D04 R128. Monday @ 19.30, Tuesday 10.00, 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 - Carlton House, Dublin Street, Dundalk, Louth. Wednesday @ 19.30

Gorey - Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey, Wexford. Thursday @ 19.30

Kilkenny – Pembroke Hotel, Patrick Street, Kilkenny, Kilkenny. Thursday @ 19.30

Longford - The Family Centre, St. Mel's Road, Deanscurragh, Longford. Thursday @ 10.00 or Thursday @ 19.30

Naas - Naas Community Centre, McAuley Place, Naas, Kildare. Tuesday @ 19.30

Navan – Navan Education Centre (NEC), Athlumney, Navan, Meath. Thursday @ 19.30

Tullamore - Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore, Offaly. Tuesday @ 19.30


Ennis - Clare Education Centre, Clonroad Beg, Ennis, Clare. Tuesday @ 19.30

Cork- 18 Anglesea St, Ballintemple, Cork, T12 HCD8. Wednesday @ 19.30, Thursday @ 19.30 or Saturday @ 10.00

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

Tralee - Brookfield College, Liber House, Monavalley, Tralee, Kerry. Thursday @ 19.30

Waterford - 1 Great George's Street, Waterford, Waterford. Thursday @ 10.00 or Thursday @ 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 @ 19.30 or Wednesday @ 19.30

Letterkenny - Mount Errigal Hotel, Ballyraine, Letterkenny, Donegal. Tuesday @ 19.30

Monaghan - St Joseph's Pastoral Centre, Broad Road, Monaghan, Monaghan. Monday @ 19.30 Newry - Newry Conference & Banqueting Centre, 39-41 The Mall, Newry, Down, BT34 1AT. Wednesday @ 19.30