Monaco-Ireland Arts Society

Promoting Irish Literature and the Arts in Monaco


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


Our next show will be extracts from A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Iceman Cometh and Ile (a one act play) by Eugene O’Neill

Date:  Friday, 25 March 2022 at 8.30pm

Venue:  The Auditorium du Collège Charles III, Avenue de l’Annonciade, Monaco.

MIAS Retrospective

On 26 September, MIAS contributed a small reading of texts for the Matrimoine Culturel (Women’s influence in Ireland) at the Princess Grace Irish Library.  This is the first year for ‘Journée du Matrimoine‘ (dedicated to ‘Women and Patrimony’) to mark the 26th year of celebrating the annual Journées Européennes du Patrimoine.

European Heritage Day 2021

We are delighted to announce the First “Bloomsday in Monaco” with the Princess Grace Irish Library and MIAS on 16 June.  For those of you who can please feel free to stroll with us on a jocular Joycean journey through the streets of old Monaco.  For those of you who can’t be with us  – wish us the best and, why not, plan to support us next year for the Bloomsday Centenary.  Go mbeirimid beo ag an am seo aris.

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


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 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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Email Address

+33 (682) 40 55 34


Le Sardanapale
2 Avenue Princesse Grace
98000 Monaco