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Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 2pm - 6pm
Late opening on Wednesday until 8pm
Closed at weekends and on bank holidays
The Multimedia Library will exceptionally close on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th December.

During the holidays, the Médiathèque will close from Monday, December 23rd to Friday, January 3rd.

Contacts

Carole Jacquet
Head of Libraries and Archives

Marion Mossu
Libraries and Archives Officer

Tel : 00 33 1 58 52 10 83 / 33

Where to find us ?

Beside the Panthéon !
Centre Culturel Irlandais
5, rue des Irlandais - 75005 Paris

RER B : Luxembourg
Metros : M10 Cardinal Lemoine / M7 Place Monge
Buses : 84, 89, 21, 27

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Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 2pm - 6pm
Late opening on Wednesday until 8pm
Closed at weekends and on bank holidays
The Multimedia Library will exceptionally close on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th December.

During the holidays, the Médiathèque will close from Monday, December 23rd to Friday, January 3rd.

Contacts

Carole Jacquet
Head of Libraries and Archives

Marion Mossu
Libraries and Archives Officer

Tel : 00 33 1 58 52 10 83 / 33

Where to find us ?

Beside the Panthéon !
Centre Culturel Irlandais
5, rue des Irlandais - 75005 Paris

RER B : Luxembourg
Metros : M10 Cardinal Lemoine / M7 Place Monge
Buses : 84, 89, 21, 27

Map

Evening with Emilie Pine

Evening with Emilie Pine
Listen to the recording of the conversation with Emilie Pine, recorded  on November 14th, 2019.
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Word-of-mouth has turned drama professor Emilie Pine’s first book Notes to Self into a literary phenomenon and seen it chosen as An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018 by a public vote. In this vivid and powerful collection of essays, she courageously explores issues that are so often taboo: alcoholism, mental illness, rape and infertility. This evening was the opportunity to launch the French edition ‘Notes à usage personnel’ published by Editions Delcourt.
Emilie Pine interviewed by Cliona Ni Riordain, with the participation of Emmanuelle Heurtebize (Delcourt Littérature) and translator Marguerite Capelle.

Roseanne Lynch, La trace de l’oubli : Conversation with Peggy-Sue Amison

Roseanne Lynch, La trace de l’oubli : Conversation with Peggy-Sue Amison
Listen to the recording of the conversation between Peggy-Sue Amison and artist Roseanne Lynch about the exhibition La trace de l’oubli, recorded on November 7th, 2019.
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Centre Culturel Irlandais is delighted to present new works by Irish photographer Roseanne Lynch made in response to the Bauhaus school, where she conducted an artist residency. Roseanne has consciously refined her approach by applying it to the pedagogical principles of Bauhaus’ ‘preliminary course’: experimentation, contemplation and rigour. Roseanne’s darkroom based practice creates images which talk of light, of architectural constructs, as well as the viewer’s search for reference to the perceived known in the two-dimensional surface of a photographic print.

Une voix pour... Les voyages de Gulliver

Une voix pour... Les voyages de Gulliver
Listen to Théophile Choquet reading Gulliver’s Travels on November 12th, 2019.
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A special candlelit reading in the Old Library by actor Théophile Choquet. He lends his voice to the French translation of ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ by the Irish writer Jonathan Swift. A parody of the then popular travel narrative, Gulliver’s Travels (1726) combines adventure with savage satire, mocking English customs and the politics of the day.

Rencontre with architects Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey

Rencontre with architects Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey
Listen to the recording of the conversation with architects Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey, recorded on November 6th, 2019.
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Founded in Dublin in 1988, O’Donnell + Tuomey is one of Ireland’s most prestigious architectural practices. The practice has exhibited six times in the Venice Biennale, making installations which advance their research into aspects of architecture - materials, form, construction, space - as well as its overlap with other art forms. Over the last forty years, they have worked across Europe and won over 120 Irish and international awards. In this conversation, O’Donnell + Tuomey talk about their engagement with complex urban situations and sensitive landscapes. Contemporary in expression, their buildings are intended to feel ‘strangely familiar’ and belonging to the deeper background of their place.

Bacon en toutes lettres : talk by Anna Hiddleston

Bacon en toutes lettres : talk by Anna Hiddleston
Listen to Anna Hiddleston's talk, recorded on October 8th, 2019.
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Assistant curator Anna Hiddleston presents the major exhibition opening this autumn in the Centre Pompidou: works by the artist of Irish origin, Francis Bacon. Focusing on works produced in the last two decades of his career (from 1971 to 1992), the sixty odd paintings explore how literature became a powerful stimulus for Bacon. Writers such as Bataille, Eliot, Eschyle, Leiris and Nietzsche inspired images that fed into his vision of a world polarised between civilisation and barbarity, beauty and ugliness, life and death.

Evening with Donal Ryan: All we shall know

Evening with Donal Ryan: All we shall know
Listen to the recording of the conversation with Donal Ryan, recorded  on June 14th, 2019.
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Over the last seven years, Donal Ryan has turned into something of a literary phenomenon. His first novel, The Spinning Heart (2012), won the Guardian First Book Award and the EU Prize for Literature and Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. Donal launches the French translation of his third novel All We Shall Know published by Albin Michel as Tout ce que nous allons savoir. Melody Shee is in a dysfunctional marriage and twelve weeks pregnant by a pupil almost half her age - the handsome, illiterate son of a famous Irish Traveller. Over the following months, she reveals the layers of her past, including a distant mother and best friend she betrayed many years ago, while striking up a friendship with a young Traveller woman whose situation is not wholly unlike her own. Raw but lyrical, this is an arresting portrait of a complex woman and the choices that face her.

Fintan O'Toole - Carte Blanche : Tomi Ungerer, Heinrich Boll and political dentistry

Fintan O'Toole - Carte Blanche : Tomi Ungerer, Heinrich Boll and political dentistry
Listen to Fintan O'Toole's talk, recorded on June 13th, 2019.
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An author, literary critic and historical writer, Fintan O’Toole is undoubtedly best known as one of Ireland’s most outspoken political commentators. In true Tomi Ungerer style, he is not afraid to call a spade, a spade! His incisive columns in The Irish Times, for whom he has written since 1988, are as likely to point out the absurd details of Brexit or highlight the collective responsibility for climate change as to take Trump to task over the Mexico wall. Here, he has carte blanche to share his analysis of the burning issues of the moment and he refers to Tomi Ungerer, Heinrich Boll and the "political dentistry" imagined by Heinrich Boll... hot off the press!

A Bloody Dawn, the Irish at D-Day, by Dan Harvey

A Bloody Dawn, the Irish at D-Day, by Dan Harvey
Listen to the recording of the launch of Dan Harvey's book, recorded on May 28th, 2019.
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D-Day on 6th June 1944 was when the Allied invasion of German-occupied Normandy took place in order to restore freedom, liberate Europe and make the world safe for democracy once again. This epic event had a little known but not insignificant ‘Irish’ dimension to it. Thousands of Irish-born and members of the Irish diaspora were among the UK, U.S. and Canadian units who landed on the Normandy beaches 75 years ago. Written by military historian Dan Harvey, who recently retired as Lieutenant Colonel from the Irish Defence Forces, his eleventh publication A Bloody Dawn - The Irish at D-Day tells their important story for the first time.

An evening with Anne Griffin

An evening with Anne Griffin
Listen to the recording of the conversation between Anne Griffin and her French translator Claire Desserrey, recorded on May 16th, 2019.
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At eighty-four, Maurice sits alone at the bar of the Rainsford House Hotel in County Meath drinking a toast to the five most important people in his life. A story of love, loss and a broken heart, When All Is Said is Anne Griffin’s first novel. It was published to great acclaim in Ireland at the beginning of the year and published in French translation as Toute une vie et un soir (Editions Delcourt).

Lynne Parker: Rough Magic in the Making

Lynne Parker: Rough Magic in the Making
Listen to the recording of the conversation between Lynne Parker and Eleanor Methven, recorded on March 27th, 2019.
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Lynne Parker co-founded Rough Magic, one of Ireland’s best known theatre companies, 35 years ago. Her talk gives us entertaining insight into how she, as Artistic Director, and the company have delivered over 50 Irish premieres and built a reputation for their adherence to pluralism, equality and artistic excellence. It is also the opportunity to hear how contact with Parisian practitioners is feeding into her current work.

Homage to Tomi Ungerer : Conversation between Aria Ungerer and Sophie Gorman

Homage to Tomi Ungerer : Conversation between Aria Ungerer and Sophie Gorman
Listen to the recording of the conversation between Aria Ungerer and journalist Sophie Gorman, homage to Tomi Ungerer on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition En Attendant, on March 15th, 2019.
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The Centre Culturel Irlandais presents En Attendant, an exhibition of works by Tomi Ungerer who lived in Ireland for more than forty years until his passing on 8 February 2019.

An evening with Maggie O'Farrell and Noëlle Châtelet

An evening with Maggie O'Farrell and Noëlle Châtelet
Listen to the recording of the conversation between Maggie O'Farrell, Noëlle Châtelet and Jean-Philippe Imbert recorded on March 8th, 2019, on the occasion of International Women’s Day and the 20th anniversary of the Alliance Française Franco-Irish Literary Festival.
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Originally from Northern Ireland, Maggie O'Farrell was a literary critic and journalist until she devoted herself solely to her writing career. The French translation of her book I am, I am, I am: Seventeen Brushes with Death is published by Belfond in March. Noëlle Châtelet is a novelist, essayist, academic and honorary president of French writers’ association Société des Gens de Lettres. Her books have been translated into several languages, and many of her texts have been adapted for theatre, television and film. The discussion is moderated by Jean-Philippe Imbert, Professor of Comparative Literature and Sexuality Studies at Dublin City University.

Elaine Hoey, Surface Tension : Conversation with Helen Sharp

Elaine Hoey, Surface Tension : Conversation with Helen Sharp
Listen to the recording of the conversation between Elaine Hoey and artist Helen Sharp about the exhibition Surface Tension, recorded on January 24th, 2019.
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As political tensions rise across Europe, this exhibition examines responses to the current migrant “crisis”. While most countries have seen a moral imperative to help others in need, there has also been a sharp rise in support for ultra-nationalist narratives. Empathy, justice and solidarity are themes that new-media artist Elaine Hoey explores through virtual reality and video. Nostalgia for the nation-state and alt-right ideologies are also challenged, with the viewer finding themselves in a fascinating world where technology intersects with politics.

Rencontre avec Paul Lynch : about his novel Grace

Rencontre avec Paul Lynch : about his novel Grace
Listen to the recording of the conversation between Paul Lynch and Francis Geffard at the occasion of the release of the novel Grace. Event recorded on January 17th, 2019.
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Paul Lynch’s first novels Red Sky in Morning (2013) and The Black Snow (2014) revealed the author to be quite simply a master of language and rhythm. He won France's Prix Libr'à Nous for Best Foreign Novel and was a finalist for the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (Best Foreign Book Prize). Tonight, he launches the French translation of his new novel, Grace, published by Albin Michel. An epic coming-of-age novel, it is a poetic and intimate evocation of the Irish famine from the perspective of a fourteen- year old girl.

Liam Chambers: From Restoration to Revolution: The Irish Colleges in Paris, 1660-1818

 Liam Chambers: From Restoration to Revolution: The Irish Colleges in Paris, 1660-1818
Listen to the recording of Liam Chambers's conference From Restoration to Revolution: The Irish Colleges in Paris, 1660-1818, that he gave on December 6th, 2018.
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The Irish College in Paris developed from a tiny, struggling community in the 1660s to become the most important centre for Irish Catholic priests and students on the continent during the ‘penal era’. This talk by historian and academic Liam Chambers traces the history of the college through the rapid expansion of the 18th century and considers how, against the odds, it survived closure during the French Revolution to re-open in the early 1800s.

Une voix pour... L'Intouchable

Une voix pour... L'Intouchable
Listen to Marc Roger reading L'intouchable on October 30th, 2018.
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For a special candlelit reading in the Old Library,  the public reader Marc Roger lent his voice to the French translation of The Untouchable by John Banville. A distinguished art historian and former British intelligence agent has been unmasked as a Russian agent. Subjected to public disgrace, he retraces the tortuous path from his recruitment at Cambridge to the airless upper regions of the establishment revealing a figure of manifold doubleness.

Elizabeth Bowen, Espionage and the Second World War

Elizabeth Bowen, Espionage and the Second World War
Listen to Eibhear Walshe's talk held in the CCI on October 4th, 2018.
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In his novel, writer and academic Eibhear Walshe deals with the wartime espionage of the Irish novelist, Elizabeth Bowen. He describes her experience of living through the Blitz in London, her writing of her celebrated spy novel, The Heat of the Day, her love affair with the Canadian diplomat Charles Ritchie, and her secret reporting on Irish neutrality for the British Government.

Irish crime-writing festival Noire Emeraude: True Crime

Irish crime-writing festival Noire Emeraude: True Crime
Listen to the conversation between Eoin McNamee, Niamh O’Connor, Sam Bungey and Wesley Hutchinson, held in the CCI on September 22nd, 2018, as part of the crime-writing festival.
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Eoin McNamee, Niamh O’Connor and Sam Bungey are in conversation with Wesley Hutchinson. Sam Bungey is the maker of West Cork, a podcast commissioned by the online podcast platform Audible about the murder in West Cork of Frenchwoman Sophie Toscan de Plantier. With the panel, he discusses the ethics of basing novels on true crimes.

Irish crime-writing festival Noire Emeraude: Whydunit

Irish crime-writing festival Noire Emeraude: Whydunit
Listen to the conversation between Liz Nugent, Jane Casey, Declan Burke and Declan Hughes, held in the CCI on September 22nd, 2018, as part of the crime-writing festival.
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Liz Nugent, Jane Casey and Declan Burke are in conversation with Declan Hughes. ‘Whydunit’ looks at alternatives to the traditional whodunit crime writing, focusing in particular on psychological drama as well as comic crime writing.

Irish crime-writing festival Noire Emeraude: Detectives and Criminals from Page to Screen

Irish crime-writing festival Noire Emeraude: Detectives and Criminals from Page to Screen
Listen to the conversation between Jo Spain and Conor Horgan, held in the CCI on September 20th, 2018, as part of the crime-writing festival.
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Jo Spain is in conversation with Conor Horgan. Irish crime novelist Jo Spain discusses the challenges of moving from writing books to screenplays, with reference to her series, Taken Down, which is produced by the makers of Irish ratings phenomenon Love/Hate.

Irish crime-writing festival Noire Emeraude: Opening evening with Benjamin Black

Irish crime-writing festival Noire Emeraude: Opening evening with Benjamin Black
Listen to the conversation between Benjamin Black (John Banville) and Cliona Ni Riordain, held in the CCI on September 19th, 2018, as part of the crime-writing festival.
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Benjamin Black (John Banville) is in conversation with Cliona Ni Riordain. As a crime novel enthusiast, John Banville goes by the pen name Benjamin Black when writing crime novels. The main protagonist, pathologist Doctor Quirke, is played by Gabriel Byrne in a BBC TV show broadcast in 2014.

Surveillé-e-s: Living under the CCTV Gaze

Surveillé-e-s: Living under the CCTV Gaze
Listen to a conversation around the exhibition Surveillé-e-s, held in the CCI on September 15th, 2018.
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Representing the intangible, commenting on or alerting society, these and other issues are discussed in our conversation between artists Karl Burke, Teresa Dillon, Benjamin Gaulon, Ian Wieczorek and Dakota Root (chair).

Surveillé-e-s: State Surveillance: A Necessary Evil?

Surveillé-e-s: State Surveillance: A Necessary Evil?
Listen to a conversation around the exhibition Surveillé-e-s, held in the CCI on September 15th, 2018.
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Representing the intangible, commenting on or alerting society, these and other issues are discussed in our conversation between artists Declan Clarke, Irina Gheorge, Colin Martin, Mick Moran and Dakota Root (chair).

Surveillé-e-s: Societal Change in the Era of Artificial Intelligence

Surveillé-e-s: Societal Change in the Era of Artificial Intelligence
Listen to a conversation around the exhibition Surveillé-e-s, held in the CCI on September 14th, 2018.
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Representing the intangible, commenting on or alerting society, these and other issues are discussed in our conversation between artists Caroline Campbell, Nina McGowan, Elaine Hoey and Professor Barry O'Sullivan (chair).
 

John Hume and his role in the Peace Process

John Hume and his role in the Peace Process
Listen to the discussion devoted to John Hume’s major role in the Peace Process, held in the CCI on April 17th, 2018.
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Debate devoted to John Hume, founder of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) in Northern Ireland and joint Nobel Peace Prize-winner in 1998. With Maurice Fitzpatrick (director of In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America), Pierre Joannon (writer and historian), Michael Lillis (writer and Irish diplomat) and Andy Pollak (moderator).
 

The Border: Artists' Perceptions

The Border: Artists' Perceptions
Listen to artists discussing their experiences and perceptions of the Border on April 10th, 2018.
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10 April 1998, the Northern Ireland Peace Agreement was signed on Good Friday. To mark the occasion, artists  discuss their experiences and perceptions of how the Border between Ireland and Northern Ireland has evolved over the last twenty years. Visual artists Rita Duffy and John Byrne, poet Maria McManus and musician Duke Special are in conversation with art critic Declan Long and Emmanuel Tellier, senior reporter for Télérama magazine.
 

Declan Long: Ghost-haunted Land, contemporary art and post-Troubles Northern Ireland

Declan Long: Ghost-haunted Land, contemporary art and post-Troubles Northern Ireland
Listen to Declan Long's lecture held in the Centre Culturel Irlandais on April 10th, 2018.
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Since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, contemporary visual artists have offered diverse responses to post-conflict circumstances in Northern Ireland. In his new book, art critic and lecturer Declan Long examines the work of artists who have reflected on the ongoing anxieties of aftermath through video, photography, painting, sculpture, performance and installation.
 

Peter Murray, A History of Irish Art 6: The Unexpected Idea and its Realisation: Patrick Ireland/Brian O’Doherty, Michael Craig-Martin

Peter Murray, A History of Irish Art 6: The Unexpected Idea and its Realisation: Patrick Ireland/Brian O’Doherty, Michael Craig-Martin
Listent to Peter Murray's lecture held in the Centre Culturel Irlandais on February 28th, 2018. Peter Murray is an art historian and former director of the Crawford Gallery Cork.
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Brian O’Doherty and Michael Craig-Martin are two Irish artists who have achieved international recognition for their work - both cross many boundaries - and as key supporters of new forms of contemporary art: Patrick Ireland/Brian O’Doherty as an author, activist and with the National Endowment for the Arts in the USA; Michael Craig-Martin as an inspiring tutor, in particular at Goldsmith’s College in London, arguably leading him to become the most influential figure behind the Young British Artists.
 

Peter Murray, A History of Irish Art 5: The art and writings of Jack Butler Yeats

Peter Murray, A History of Irish Art 5: The art and writings of Jack Butler Yeats
Listen to Peter Murray's lecture held in the Centre Culturel Irlandais on February 21st, 2018. Peter Murray is an art historian and former director of the Crawford Gallery Cork.
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While the paintings of Jack Yeats remain well-known, his novels, plays and other writings have faded into relative obscurity. Yet an understanding of Yeats’s creativity, and the position he maintained, between the tensions of Modernism and tradition in Ireland, is not possible without reference to his writings. This lecture examines the various creative persona adopted by Yeats over his lifetime, with particular reference to Samuel Beckett, and looks at how his paintings relate to his writings.
 

Peter Murray, A History of Irish Art 4: Irish women artists - Responses to Modernism: Mainie Jellett, Evie Hone, Hilda Roberts, Joan Jameson, Mary Swanzy, Norah McGuinness

Peter Murray, A History of Irish Art 4: Irish women artists - Responses to Modernism: Mainie Jellett, Evie Hone, Hilda Roberts, Joan Jameson, Mary Swanzy, Norah McGuinness
Listen to Peter Murray's lecture held in the Centre Culturel Irlandais on February 14th, 2018. Peter Murray is an art historian and former director of the Crawford Gallery Cork.
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With the Easter Rising and War of Independence, the revolutionary movement in Ireland brought significant changes in society. Women artists, excluded for the most part from the academies, were quick to respond to the challenge posed by Modernism.
 

Peter Murray, A History of Irish Art 3: Representation of landscape in the 19th century: George Petrie, George Victor Du Noyer and the mapping of Ireland

Peter Murray, A History of Irish Art 3: Representation of landscape in the 19th century: George Petrie, George Victor Du Noyer and the mapping of Ireland
Listen to Peter Murray's lecture held in the Centre Culturel Irlandais on February 7th, 2018. Peter Murray is an art historian and former director of the Crawford Gallery Cork.
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The foundations of the nationalist movement that led to the War of Independence were laid in the early nineteenth century when a series of government-funded initiatives, such as the Ordnance Survey of Ireland and the Geological Survey, were set in train. Allied to this, the creation of learned cultural and scientific societies, such as the Royal Irish Academy, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland and Royal Hibernian Academy, made Dublin in the mid-nineteenth century a centre for intellectual activity. However there were two Irelands - in the West, the Great Famine saw thousands die from starvation and disease while, in Dublin, great discoveries were being made in mathematics and the sciences.
 

Regard sur l'Irlande: Waking the Feminists

Regard sur l'Irlande: Waking the Feminists
Listen to Lian Bell's talk held in the Centre Culturel Irlandais on February 1st, 2018.
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Set designer and arts manager Lian Bell discusses the highly successful campaign for equality for women in Irish theatre that she instigated under the hashtag #WakingTheFeminists. It began as a reaction to the dearth of plays written or directed by women in the Abbey Theatre’s Waking the Nation, the national theatre of Ireland’s programme marking the centenary of the 1916 Rising. The campaign “struck a match that has kept burning” across the Irish theatre community, and Lian highlights its achievements over the last two years.
 

Peter Murray, A History of Irish Art 2: History painting 1780 – 1850: James Barry and Daniel Maclise

Peter Murray, A History of Irish Art 2: History painting 1780 – 1850: James Barry and Daniel Maclise
Listen to  Peter Murray's lecture held in the Centre Culturel Irlandais on January 31st, 2018. Peter Murray is an art historian and former director of the Crawford Gallery Cork.
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The coincidence that the two major history painters working in Britain between 1780 and 1850 were both Irish, and both from Cork, requires some investigation and elucidation. Both artists created major history paintings in London, Barry at the Royal Society of Arts, and Maclise at the new Houses of Parliament.  Class, religion, politics and ambition all played a role in the lives and works of these remarkable artists.
 

Peter Murray, A History of Irish Art 1: Portraits and landscape painting in the 17th and 18th centuries

Peter Murray, A History of Irish Art 1: Portraits and landscape painting in the 17th and 18th centuries
Listen to Peter Murray's lecture held in the Centre Culturel Irlandais on January 24th, 2018. Peter Murray is an art historian and former director of the Crawford Gallery Cork.
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This lecture looks at the creation of images of social elites and working people, as well as the subordination of the picturesque in terms of the assertion of property rights and entitlements. It also examines the philosophical theories of George Berkeley and Edmund Burke, as reflected in paintings of the period.
 

Nuit de la lecture - Le Fantôme de Canterville

Nuit de la lecture - Le Fantôme de Canterville
Listen to Théophile Choquet reading Le Fantôme de Canterville on January 20th, 2018.
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Actor Théophile Choquet read the French version of Oscar Wilde’s novella The Canterville Ghost in the beautiful surroundings of the chapel. This clever parody provides an entertaining twist on the traditional gothic horror story – an American  family moves to a castle haunted by the ghost of a dead nobleman who killed his wife and was starved to death by his wife's brothers; despite his best efforts, however, the ghost cannot succeed in scaring the new occupants away!
 

Brexit: Ireland, Britain and the Arts in the Years Ahead

Brexit: Ireland, Britain and the Arts in the Years Ahead
Listen to the Brexit talk held in the Centre Culturel Irlandais on November 24th, 2017.
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The implications for Brexit on Northern Ireland’s cultural sector could make co-production and co-funding between agencies North and South of the Border impossible. These complexities are discussed by Clymene Christoforou, Co-Director of ISIS Arts in Newcastle; Tom Creed, Dublin-based theatre and opera director, Noel Kelly, Director of Visual Artists Ireland and journalist Shona Murray (chair).
 

Liam Swords Foundation Lecture : Billy Shortall

Liam Swords Foundation Lecture : Billy Shortall
Listen to Billy Shortall's lecture held in the Centre Culturel Irlandais on November 20th, 2017.
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In January 1922, as the Irish State was transitioning to independence, its government, as part of a programme to have the State’s sovereignty recognised internationally, participated in a World Congress for the Irish Race in Paris. It was occasioned by a major, month-long Irish art exhibition of three hundred art works.
 

Dragana Jurisic : My Own Unknown

Dragana Jurisic : My Own Unknown
Listen to the conversation between the artist Dragana Jurisic and the curator of the exhibition Natasha Christia during the opening on November 9th, 2017.
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Two female characters together with the artist herself form the protagonists of Dublin-based photographer Dragana Jurisic’s exhibition My Own Unknown.  In this very personal exhibition, photography and texts are entwined to address the complexities of exile, politics and betrayal together with family history.
 

Une voix pour... Dracula

Une voix pour... Dracula
Listen to the reading of Dracula held in the Old Library on October 31st, 2017.
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Marc Roger sends shivers down your spine as you listen to him read from Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ in the candlelit Old Library.

Tribute to Michel Déon

Tribute to Michel Déon
This event took place at the Centre Culturel Irlandais on October 19th, 2017
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Considered to have been one of the most innovative French writers of the 20th century, the late Academician Michel Déon made Ireland his home for almost fifty years. Three specialists discuss his life and work and his very special relationship with Ireland: Professor Jane Conroy (NUI Galway), his close friend the author and historian Pierre Joannon, and Professor Cliona Ni Riordain (Paris 3) who translated Déon’s work exploring the Irish nation's collective identity, Cavalier, passe ton chemin !, in 2016.

Rencontres patrimoniales : Posséder et collectioner des livres à la Renaissance

Rencontres patrimoniales : Posséder et collectioner des livres à la Renaissance
Malcolm Walsby's talk on the history of books in the Renaissance, held on October 5th, 2017.
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The library of the Centre Culturel Irlandais holds hundreds of 15th- and 16th-century printed books from all over Europe.The volumes bear the marks of the often complex journeys that led them here. How were books collected in the Renaissance? How did people seek to preserve them for future generations? How were the volumes transformed by successive owners? Malcolm Walsby, a book historian, uncovers the intricate story of these volumes.

Ireland and the EU faced with Brexit

Ireland and the EU faced with Brexit
This event took place at the Centre Culturel Irlandais on June 15th, 2017
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The future departure of one of Ireland’s most important economic and cultural partners from the European Union renders Ireland’s own relationship with the EU more complex. On the political front, the threat of the border with Northern Ireland being reinstated is potentially explosive. To what extent can and will the European Union negotiators take these implications into account? How will Ireland sit within the new EU order?
 

Desi Wilkinson - La musique traditionnelle irlandaise : Un voyage personnel

Desi Wilkinson - La musique traditionnelle irlandaise : Un voyage personnel
This event  took place at the Centre Culturel Irlandais on June 12th, 2017.
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A leading exponent of traditional Irish music, the musician and academic Desi Wilkinson is passionately interested in how a musical aesthetic develops by involving extra-musical components, among them shared experience, friendship, celebration of social cohesion and continuity. Socio-political resonances are also of importance. By reference to the soundscapes of his youth in Belfast and various journeys to the North-East Connacht region, Desi Wilkinson’s talk seeks to synthesize the sonic and social worlds that formed the backdrop to his first experiences of the 'raw bar' of traditional music.

Une voix pour... Dans la forêt

Une voix pour... Dans la forêt
This event  took place at the Centre Culturel Irlandais on May 17th, 2017.
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Based on the true story of a local terror, a murderer sprung from the countryside of the West of Ireland, Edna O’Brien’s 2002 novel In the Forest is being republished in French translation by Sabine Wespieser éditeur. Riveting, frightening and brilliantly told, this intimate portrayal of both perpetrator and victims is a prime example of O’Brien’s perceptive and sonorous prose. The French public reader Marc Roger brings a number of passages to life for the launch of this republication.
 

Rencontre avec Colm Tóibín

 Rencontre avec Colm Tóibín
This event  took place at the Centre Culturel Irlandais on May 2nd, 2017.
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The thrice Booker-prize nominee Colm Tóibín was at the CCI: a great opportunity to hear him read from and discuss his striking portrait of Mary in The Testament of Mary as well as his latest novel set in 1960s Ireland, Nora Webster, in which a mother pieces her life back together again following her husband’s death.

Femmes en poésie

Femmes en poésie
Listen to Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill and Doireann Ni Ghriofa's poem reading in the Centre Culturel Irlandais on March 8th, 2017.
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For International Women’s Day, CCI has invited three Irish poets of stature to Paris. Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, current Ireland Chair of Poetry, unifies both the material and the spiritual realms with elegance and grace; the eminent Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill has been digging deep into the female psyche for decades; Doireann Ni Ghriofa, winner of the famous Rooney Prize in 2016, is a champion of women’s causes.

Rencontres patrimoniales : Reading quill-in-hand

Rencontres patrimoniales : Reading quill-in-hand
This event took place at the Centre Culturel Irlandais on March 7th, 2017.
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Readers have learned not to write on books. The development of the public library system, the practice of passing on school books from one pupil to another, as well as new rules of librarianship gradually eradicated the habit. Reading ‘quill in hand' was, however, customary for readers at the time of the Ancien Régime.
Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Aix-Marseille, Emmanuelle Chapron discussed the wonderful comments and drawings she discovered while on a research fellowship at CCI.
 

Une voix pour... Jonathan Swift

Une voix pour... Jonathan Swift
This event took place at the Centre Culturel Irlandais on February 2nd, 2017.
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In the candlelit surroundings of the Old Library, Marc Roger read from The Battle of the Books by Jonathan Swift.
 

Literary evening with Maram al-Masri and Theo Dorgan

Literary evening with Maram al-Masri and Theo Dorgan
Listen to the literary evening with Maram al-Masri and Theo Dorgan held in the Centre Culturel Irlandais on January 25th, 2017.
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The Syrian poet Maram al-Masri is one of the most renowned and captivating feminine voices of her generation. Besides numerous poems published in literary journals, in several Arab anthologies and in various international anthologies, she has published several award-winning collections of poems. Translated into English by Theo Dorgan, her collection Barefoot Souls chronicles the lives of Syrian women living in a Muslim culture in contemporary France.
 

Book launch and reading by Donal Ryan: The Thing About December

Book launch and reading by Donal Ryan: The Thing About December
This event took place at the Centre Culturel Irlandais on January 19th, 2017.
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Donal Ryan is one of Ireland’s rising literary stars, his second book The Thing About December has been launched at the CCI in French translation by publishers Albin Michel. Set during Ireland’s boom years, this story of a lonesome young farmer preyed upon by neighbours and acquaintances is an “unsettling study of the greed that tore us apart.. Ryan is carving out his terrain and striking at the heart of Irish life”. The Irish Times
 

Une voix pour... Les petites chaises rouges

Une voix pour... Les petites chaises rouges
This event took place at the Centre Culturel Irlandais on January 14th, 2017.
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Nuit de la Lecture (Reading Night) was launched this evening all over France by the Ministry of Culture and Communication. CCI was delighted to be taking part in this nationwide event with a reading of passages from celebrated novelist Edna O’Brien’s most recent book. Public reader Hélène Lanscotte, a member of La Voie des Livres, read from The Little Red Chairs which has been published in French translation by Sabine Wespieser Editeur.
 

Colin Davidson: Silent Testimony

Colin Davidson: Silent Testimony
Listen to Colin Davidson's talk about his exhibition held in the Centre Culturel Irlandais on January 29th, 2016.
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This exhibition of portrait paintings by Colin Davidson (born 1968), reveals the stories of eighteen people who are connected by their individual experiences of loss through the Troubles in Northern Ireland - a turbulent 30-year period from the late 1960s onwards. Since 2010, Davidson has become internationally renowned for his series of large-scale portraits of actors, musicians, poets and writers – Brad Pitt, Kenneth Branagh, Seamus Heaney, to name but a few. While painting these familiar faces, he became increasingly preoccupied, not with their celebrity, but with their essential condition as human beings. This continuing exploration of ‘common humanity’ is the foundation upon which Silent Testimony rests.

La Médiathèque rencontre... Darragh McKeon

La Médiathèque rencontre... Darragh McKeon
Listen to the literary evening with Darragh McKeon held in the Centre Culturel Irlandais on January 26th, 2016.
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Darragh McKeon read from and discuss his first novel All That Is Solid Melts Into Air which took ten years to come to publication. Set primarily in the aftermath of the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union) in April 1986, it traces the intertwined lives of four main characters.