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.
PATRICK GUINNESS - Historian
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
FEAST OF SAINT PATRICK
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
MICHAEL LILLIS & PROFESSOR RONAN FANNING, Professor Emeritus of Modern History at University College Dublin
Friday 15 January at 19:30
“Eliza Lynch - Queen of Paraguay”
Friday 19 February at 19:30
PROFESSOR ADRIAN FRAZIER - Department of English, NUI Galway
Monday 9 May 2016 at 19:30
"The Lovers of Orelay: George Moore and Provence”
Memoirs of My Dead Life (Heinemann 1906, chapter viii, pages 95-224)
Dr SÍGHLE BHREATHNACH-LYNCH - Art Historian
Tuesday 7 June 2016 at 19:30
Sister Concepta's Oratory - A Unique Celtic Renaissance Gem
Entry 10 € per person payable at the door, cash only.
Reservations essential due to limited number of seats.
Dates and speakers may be subject to change.