Our venue is the UNITED ARTS CLUB


Our Programme is on FOURTH WEDNESDAYS


Evening meetings will start at 8 pm on the FOURTH WEDNESDAY of each month, and will be held in the

3 Upper FitzWilliam Street
Dublin 2.
(very near Baggot Street)

This venue is very convenient . It is right beside Baggot Street, and a five-minute walk from Leeson Street or Mount Street, so it is well served by buses. Parking is abundant and free (after 7.00 p.m., which is ideal for our meetings at 8.00 p.m.).


Monday 26th

Perth Mint Australian $1 "Year of the Ox" Coin

Chinese New Year Dinner

This year, the Year of the Ox, the ICCS Dinner will again be held in

Wong's Restaurant,
7 Sandford Road,
Dublin 6
at 7.15 p.m.

Members will receive details by post.
Numbers are limited so early booking is advisable.


Wednesday 28th  

Chinese "Tower Ship", from the 1510 edition of a text of 1044.
An illustration from "Science and Civilisation in China".

Joseph Needham (Li Yuese) 1900 - 1995

by  Justin Keating

Justin Keating, academic, politician and former Minister, will be talking to us about a fascinating person who was an internationally renowned polymath, and a lover of China and of all things Chinese.
Needham’s extensive research into the history of Chinese science and technology culminated in his initiation of the massive multi-volume "Science and Civilisation in China" project, which is still continuing after his death.
There is a remarkable human story behind the industrious scholarship, as revealed in the recently-published biography "The Man Who Loved China", by Simon Winchester.


Wednesday 25th


Stamp commemorating the 400th anniversary of Matteo Ricci's arrival in China

 The Jesuits in China

by Fr Todd Morrissey SJ

In the 16th and 17th centuries the Jesuits working in China, led by Matteo Ricci, were mostly scientists and scholars as well as priests. They studied Chinese culture and adapted their missionary activities to it. Their influence was great at the Imperial Court where they were treated as valuable advisors. Father Todd will tell us about their activities in many spheres and the extraordinary influence which they had.

Fr Morrissey is the author of a recently-published book about the work of the Jesuit missionaries in Asia.


Wednesday 25th

Emergent China

by Professor Tao Kiang

Tao Kiang, that two-cultures, two-civilisations man who has given the Society so much over many years, will tonight tell us about the Confucian Humanism which he sees developing in modern China.
"The Beijing 2008 Olympiad is one spectacular facet of the emergence of China. Some may be more impressed by China's coolness when the west seems to be panicking at the present economic downturn. But the real change is in the Chinese people's psyche: after 150 years of self-doubt, at last they have regained their confidence, their sense of mission for the whole mankind based on humanism, for the future of world civilization."

Wednesday 22nd


The Small Potala Temple

Chengde and the Imperial Mountain Resort

by the team of Norman, John & David

After their recent Youxie-sponsored visit to Sichuan and Henan, some of the ICCS delegation went on, under their own steam, to visit the extraordinary and delightful World Heritage Site of Chengde in Hebei. In the 18th century the elaborate resort was developed with its eight outer temples and hundreds of other temples in the hills around. Many are miniature replicas of other famous temples around China, including a miniature Potala which houses an active Tibetan Buddhist community. The travellers hope that they will be able to persuade you to include Chengde in your next Chinese trip.

Dublin City Chinese New Year Festivities, January 2009

For information see

For information on the Chester Beatty Library programme,
including Chinese New Year events, see HERE

For information on the Chester Beatty Library Lecture Series,
live presentations based on the recent RTE Thomas Davis Series, see HERE