Monaco-Ireland Arts Society

Promoting Irish Literature and the Arts in Monaco

CÉAD MÍLE FÁILTE  WELCOME

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 1923
  • George Bernard Shaw 1925
  • Samuel Beckett 1969
  • and Seamus Heaney 1995
GB Shaw
Samuel Beckett

News

We’re living in unprecedented times and following the announcement made, we, like most other theatre companies, have taken the decision to postpone our next production of some of Eugene O’Neill’s works.

We will advise you when we will be performing, and hoping that it’s not in the too distant future.  Stay home, keep safe.

Our 20th Anniversary Celebration was held on Friday, 14 March 2014.

Details of our programme

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.

MIAS Retrospective

Culture Snippets

Clurichaun

The clurichaun is an Irish fairy which resembles the leprechaun.  Some folklorists describe the clurichaun as a night form of the leprechaun, who goes out to drink after finishing his daily chores.   They are invariably always drunk and surly!  It is said that if you treat them well, they will protect your wine cellar, otherwise they will wreak havoc on your home and spoil your wine stock!

Ireland

Ireland is the third largest island in Europe, and the 20th largest island in the world.  It lies to the northwest of Europe and is surrounded by hundreds of islands and islets.  Irish was the predominant language of the Irish people for most of their recorded history, and they brought their Gaelic speech with them to other countries, notably Scotland and the Isle of Man where it gave rise to Scottish Gaelic and Manx. 

Seamus Heaney

A much-quoted statement was when Seamus Heaney 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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+33 (682) 40 55 34

Address

Le Sardanapale
2 Avenue Princesse Grace
Monte-Carlo
98000 Monaco