Monaco-Ireland Arts Society

Promoting Irish Literature and the Arts in Monaco

ABOUT US

Monaco-Ireland Arts Society, based in Monaco, is dedicated to promoting Irish culture, by presenting the literary, dramatic and musical works of Ireland in the Principality of Monaco and its immediate environs.

It was founded in October 1994, by Virginia Connell, Nick O’Conor, the late Paul Connell and Professor George Sandulescu, thanks to the generosity and support of Dr Michael W Smurfit, the Irish Consul in the Principality.

Our very first President, at the time of the creation of the Society, was the late Martin O’Regan.

Over a period of 10 years prior to this date, dramatised play-readings and poetry recitals were given at sundry local venues.

Rehearsals are held in the Green Room premises, graciously put at our disposal by the Drama Group of Monaco, which are situated in the Stade Louis II.

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Society Personnae

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

The MIAS Committee is elected for a three-year term.

Dr Michael W Smurfit

Dr Michael W Smurfit

Honrorary President, Irish Consul in Monaco

Frank Dubuisson

Frank Dubuisson

President

Virginia Connell

Virginia Connell

Vice-President

Nick O'Conor

Nick O'Conor

Treasurer

Lynn Sharpe

Lynn Sharpe

General Secretary

Aisling Launder

Aisling Launder

Public Relations

Anne Fafoutakis

Anne Fafoutakis

Committee Member

Derek Smith

Derek Smith

Committee Member

Artistic Director

Virginia Connell

Associate Director

Lynn Sharpe

In Memoriam

 

George Sandulescu

George Sandulescu

Founder

1933-2018

Constantin George Sandulescu was one of the founding members of MIAS. He was a Joycean scholar and linguist. After Princess Grace of Monaco’s death in 1983, he substantially assisted in founding the Monaco library bearing her name and organised important International Conferences there devoted to James Joyce.

Paul Connell

Paul Connell

Founder

1925-2014

Paul Connell was a staunch member of MIAS, and acted right up to his last show.  He was a professional actor, both in theatre and film, and was known for Talk of a Million, The Belles of St. Trinian’s, Hell Below Zero (1954) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955), and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich  (1970).  He was also a talented interior decorator.

Culture Snippets

 

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Sheridan, born in Dublin, moved to England when he was seven, and became the most significant London playwright of the late 18th Century, with plays like The School for Scandal and The Critic. He was owner of the Drury Lane Theatre. He is buried in Poets’ Corner at Westminster Abbey.

George Bernard Shaw

Shaw (26 July 1856–2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama, and he wrote more than 60 plays. He was also an essayist, novelist and short story writer.

The Green Room

In Shakespearean theatre, actors would prepare for their performances in a room filled with plants and shrubs. It was believed that the moisture in the topiary was beneficial to the actors’ voices. Thus the Green Room may refer to the green plants in this stage preparation area.

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+33 (682) 40 55 34

Address

Le Sardanapale
2 Avenue Princesse Grace
Monte-Carlo
98000 Monaco