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The Library is a very active centre for all things Irish.  Its annual season of lectures and readings has featured many distinguished speakers including Seamus Heaney who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995. The choice of subjects is vast in order to appeal to a wide audience.  Please click here for a list of all speakers/play directors since 1984.

A two-day arts round-table directed by Dr Síghle Bhreathnach-Lynch (former Curator of Irish Art, National Gallery of Ireland) took place in 2008. Dr Mary Shine Thompson (Saint Patrick's College, Drumcondra) directed a forum - What's best next? The future of children's literature in Ireland - in September 2010.  A symposium on Irish music and folklore - Bánchnoic Éireann Ó! — Folklore, Song and Music of Ireland - was directed by Professor Rionach ui Ogain (University College Dublin) in September 2012.  Looking further ahead...a convention about the works of George Moore is planned in 2014.

Thanks to the continued generosity of Sir Michael Smurfit KBE, state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment enables Irish films and documentaries to be viewed at symposia and lectures throughout the year.

Lecture season 2015

Friday 16 January 2015 (Invitation only)
What is Irish? Identity, Sex and Genetics over the last 2,000 years.  

AIGHLEANN O'SHAUGHNESSY - Former senior conservation architect, Office of Public Works, Dublin
Wednesday 18 February 2015 at 19:30
The Rock of Cashel and the Passage of Time: From Royal to Ecclesiastical to Visitor Attraction

Tuesday 17 March 2015
Concert at the Chapelle de la Visitation (Invitation only)
JoyceSong : Irish Songs from the works of James Joyce performed by John Feeley (Guitar) and Fran O'Rourke (Tenor)

JAMES RYAN - Ireland Fund of Monaco, Writer-in-Residence
Tuesday 28 April 2015 at 19:30
"Why did the Irish experience of emigration, so prevalent in the post war period, feature so rarely in the literature of the time?" and some readings from 'Home from England'

PROFESSOR JOHN HORNE - Professor of Modern European History, Trinity College Dublin
Monday 4 May 2015 at 19:30
Ireland and the Greater War, 1912-1923

DIARMUID GAVIN - Garden Designer and Television Presenter
Friday 12 June 2015 at 19:30
Making Gardens: A Romp Through History, an Examination of the Contemporary and a Peek at the Future of Garden Design

PROFESSOR TINA WALDEIER BIZZARRO - Department of History of Art, Rosemont College, Pennsylvania
SUSAN KELLY VONMEDICUS - Artist, Pennsylvania
Wednesday 15 July 2015 at 19:30
The History of Irish Book Illumination of the Golden Age (600-800 CE)

DR KEVIN COSTELLO - Senior Lecturer at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin
Friday 18 September 2015 at 19:30
The Irish Bankrupt 1860-1930

DR MARY PIERSE -  University College Cork, Ireland Fund of Monaco Acedemic-in-residence at the Princess Grace Irish Library
Monday 5 October 2015 at 19:30
“George Moore at the Fin de Siècle : A World of Discovery”

MICHAEL SMITH - Polar Historian
Friday 13 November 2015 at 19:30
Tom Crean - Ireland’s Unsung Hero

Friday 4 December 2015 at 19:30
“The House that Eileen Gray Built” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_McGuckian, https://www.facebook.com/EileenGrayE1027  



MICHAEL LILLIS & PROFESSOR RONAN FANNING, Professor Emeritus of Modern History at University College Dublin
Friday 15 January 2016 at 19:30
“Eliza Lynch - Queen of Paraguay”

Friday 19 February 2016 at 19:30
“Unravelling Oliver”

PROFESSOR ADRIAN FRAZIER -  Department of English, NUI Galway
Monday 9 May 2016 at 19:30
"The Lovers of Orelay: George Moore and Provence
Suggested reading:
Memoirs of My Dead Life (Heinemann 1906, chapter viii, pages 95-224)

Tuesday 7 June 2016 at 19:30
Sister Concepta's Oratory - A Unique Celtic Renaissance Gem

PATRICK J MURPHY -  Art lover and Collector
Tuesday 12 July 2016 at 19:30
"An Art Lovers Guide to the French Riviera" 

LIZ NUGENT - Ireland Fund of Monaco Writer-in-Residence at the Princess Grace Irish Library
Wednesday 21 September 2016 at 19:30
"An Evening with Liz Nugent" 

PROFESSOR DECLAN KIBERD - University of Notre Dame - Keough Professor of Irish Studies
Monday10 October 2016 at 19:30
"The Presence of the Past: Revival Ireland 1891-1922"

HER EXCELLENCY GERALDINE BYRNE NASON - Ambassador of Ireland to France and Monaco
Thursday 17 November 2016 at 19:30
"Ireland, the Global Island"

PROFESSOR ANDREW BISWELL  - Director International Anthony Burgess Foundation
Monday 20 February 2017 at 19:30
"Anthony Burgess: The Years in Monaco"

DR UNA HUNT  -  Concert Pianist, lecturer, author and researcher
Friday 5 May 2017 at 19:30
"Thomas Moore: Drawing Room Entertainer or Rebel Songster?"

PROFESSOR MICHAEL KENNEALLY - Principal and Chair, School of Irish Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
Friday 15 September 2017 at 19:30
“The Irish in Canada: History and Achievements”

PROFESSOR BARRY McCREA  -  Ireland Fund Monaco Writer-in-Residence at the Princess Grace Irish Library, Keough Family Chair at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA 
Friday 13 October 2017 at 19:30
"Joyce, Proust, and Paris" 

JOHN S DOYLE -  Journalist RTE
Thursday 23 November 2017 at 19:30
“James Joyce, Rathgar and Three Lost Songs



Dr PIERRE JOANNON - Historian, Honorary Consul General of Ireland (Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur)
Monday 15 January 2018 – 19:30
"Michel Déon, la Principauté de Monaco et l'Irlande"
A lecture in French, followed by Q&A in French and English

Venue: Théâtre des Variétés, 1 boulevard Albert I, Monaco
Free admission

PROFESSOR KEVIN WHELAN - Michael J. Smurfit Director, Notre Dame Global Gateway, Dublin
Friday 16 February 2018 at 19:30
"Dublin as a Global City 1600-2017"

Entry 10 € per person payable at the door, cash only.
Reservations essential due to limited number of seats.

CAOILINN HUGHES - Ireland Fund Monaco Writer-in-Residence at the Princess Grace Irish Library (under the aegis of Fondation Princesse Grace)
Monday 19 March 2018 at 19:30
“Call it a hunch…ʺ - An Evening of Poetry and Prose with Caoilinn Hughes

Entry 10 € per person payable at the door, cash only.
Reservations essential due to limited number of seats.

BETTY WILLIAMS - Nobel Peace Laureate 1976
Monday 18 June 2018 at 18:30
"Contagious Courage" How Betty Williams won the Nobel Peace Prize’’
This talk is part of the 2018 PeaceJam Monaco Conference

Admission free. Reservations essential.

Dates and speakers may be subject to change.




Future Events

Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, the Princess Grace Irish Library is closed to the public until further notice