promoting Irish literature and the arts in Monaco
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Welcome to the Monaco-Ireland Arts Society website.  Our aim is to promote Irish literature and the arts by various means, such as public readings, stage presentations, lectures and friendly get togethers, and even musical evenings for the enjoyment and entertainment of all those interested, not only in the works of our great writers and artists, but also in Irish folklore.

For a comparatively small country, Ireland has made a disproportionate contribution to world literature in both the Irish and English languages.  The island's most widely-known literary works are those of James Joyce, Brian Friel, Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde. 

Let us not forget that Ireland also boasts four Nobel Prize winners for literature:

  • W B Yeats
  • George Bernard Shaw
  • Samuel Beckett
  • and more recently, Seamus Heaney



Our last show, Irish Hellraisers, was on 22 March, 2019 and the evening was dedicated to Peter O’Toole and Richard Harris, boozing pals, with extracts from their films and a lively narrative.


Our 20th Anniversary Celebration was held on Friday, 14 March 2014.  Click here for details of our programme.


20th Anniversary Retrospective


H.S.H Prince Albert of Monaco attended the performance on the works and sayings of Brendan Behan, the 20th Century's most controversial Irish dramatist and drinker, at the Auditorium of the Lycée Techique... (more)





Irish Hellraisers was performed on 22 March, 2019.


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Ireland is the third largest island in Europe, and the twentieth largest island in the world.  It lies to the northwest of Europe and is surrounded by hundreds of islands and islets.



Heaney died in the Blackrock Clinic in Dublin on 30 August 2013, aged 74, following a short illness. After a fall outside a restaurant in Dublin, he entered hospital the night before his death for a medical procedure but died at 7:30 the following morning before it took place. His funeral was held in Donnybrook, Dublin, on the morning of 2 September 2013, and he was buried in the evening at his home village of Bellaghy, in the same graveyard as his parents, young brother, and other family members. His son Michael revealed at the funeral mass that his father's final words, "Noli timere", ("Do not be afraid”) were texted to his wife, Marie, minutes before he died.

A much-quoted statement was when he objected to being included in The Penguin Book of Contemporary British Poetry (1982), despite being born in Northern Ireland. His response to being included in the British anthology was delivered in his poem, An Open Letter: "Don't be surprised if I demur, for, be advised
My passport's green.
No glass of ours was ever raised
To toast The Queen.

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