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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 2015-2016

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

MARY MCGUCKIAN -  Filmmaker
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 at 19:30
“Eliza Lynch - Queen of Paraguay”

LIZ NUGENT
Friday 19 February at 19:30
“Unravelling Oliver”
http://liznugent.ie/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)
https://archive.org/details/memoirsmydeadlif00moor

Dr SÍGHLE BHREATHNACH-LYNCH -  Art Historian
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" 
www.liznugent.ie

PROFESSOR DECLAN KIBERD - University of Notre Dame - Keough Professor of Irish Studies
Monday 10 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"

 

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.

Future Events

  • The 1916 Easter Uprising Symposium

    The 1916 Easter Uprising Symposium

    Sunday 10 July 2016

    The Easter 1916 Rising was a short-lived and unsuccessful rebellion that sowed the seeds that would lead to the Irish War of Independence.

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  • 1916 THE IRISH REBELLION

    1916 THE IRISH REBELLION

    Wednesday 10 August 2016

    As part of our 1916 Symposium (sessions closed to the public), we will be showing “1916 THE IRISH REBELLION” — 86 minutes, French subtitles — at the Théâtre des Variétés in Monaco on Saturday 8 October 2016 from 18:00 to 20:00.

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  • "The Presence of the Past: Revival Ireland 1891-1922"

    Monday 10 October 2016

    A Talk by Declan Kiberd, University of Notre Dame - Keough Professor of Irish Studies

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  • Ireland - The Global Island

    Ireland - The Global Island

    Thursday 17 November 2016

    A Talk by Her Excellency Mrs Geraldine Byrne Nason, Ambassador of Ireland to the Principality of Monaco, Honorary Trustee of the Princess Grace Irish Library

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