Monaco-Ireland Arts Society

Promoting Irish Literature and the Arts in Monaco

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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

On 28 April, MIAS participated in a lecture, held at the Princess Grace Irish Library, given by Nuala O’Connor, following publication of her book Nora. Read more..

Video courtesy of the Princess Grace Irish Library

MIAS Retrospective

On 25 March, 2022, MIAS performed extracts from A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Iceman Cometh and Ile (a one act play) by Eugene O’Neill, at The Auditorium du Collège Charles III, Avenue de l’Annonciade, Monaco and we were very honoured H.S.H Prince Albert of Monaco was able to attend.

This is the Ulysses year – the 100th anniversary of its publication by Sylvia Beach of Shakespeare and Co, in Paris, after it had been banned and burnt in the UK and the USA.

On 17 January at the Princess Grace Irish Library, Lynn Sharpe did a reading from Sylvia Beach’s reminiscences of her first meeting with James Joyce at her bookshop.

Sylvia Beach was an American-born bookseller and publisher who lived most of her life in Paris. She is known for her Paris bookstore, Shakespeare and Company, where she published James Joyce’s controversial book, Ulysses (1922).

MIAS was invited by the Princess Grace Irish Library to provide a short performance on St Patrick’s Day this year, together with a musical interlude by the Academie de Musique, which was filmed.

We were very honoured to give a command performance for H.S.H Prince Albert of Monaco.

MIAS performing for Prince Albert

Photo courtesy of the Princess Grace Irish Library

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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Le Sardanapale
2 Avenue Princesse Grace
Monte-Carlo
98000 Monaco