Past/Upcoming Events

Nuala O'Connor answers our questions on "Nora"


13 June 2021

Join us a for a participatory interview off Nuala O’Connor in the context of her recent book sensation, “Nora”

Officially opened by Her Excellency, Mrs Patricia O’Brien, Ambassador of Ireland to France… who will ask the first question.

Kindest regards,
PS We will also have a 2-minute video edited by the Embassy of Ireland to France.

Irish Writers in Paris

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09 May 2021

Enjoy a virtual promenade through Irish Literary Paris in the company of Declan Mc Cavana and Julie McDonald.
Declan and Julie would never have met on the mean streets of Belfast, where east is east and west is west and rarely the twain do meet.
But the City of Light brought these great pals together to walk in the footsteps of their literary heroes and compatriots,
and after a combined sixty odd years of living there, we feel the time is ripe to take you with us, while we wait to tread the Irish Writers’ path in person again.

Officially opened by His Excellency, Monsieur Vincent Guérend, Ambassador of France to Ireland.

Senator Barry Ward will honour us by summing up with closing remarks.

Celebrating Women with Words


07 March 2021

About this Event

The Irish multi-award winning author Edna O’Brien will be named Commander of the “Ordre des Arts et Lettres” by Roselyne Bachelot, French Minister of Culture, on Sunday 7 March:

  • at 6PM CET (France)
  • that’s 5PM GMT (Ireland & UK)
  • or NOON in New York

The Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters is France’s highest cultural distinction and it rewards the talent of Edna O’Brien, a woman of letters, and the struggle of a committed feminist who offered a voice to women around the world, and who is recognised by many as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.

During the online ceremony hosted by the Cercle Littéraire Irlandais, the French Embassy to Ireland, the Irish Embassy to France, the Centre Culturel Irlandais and the New-York Irish Center, Irish Minister of Culture Catherine Martin, Irish writer Colum McCann, Irish actor Gabriel Byrne, Nora Hickey M’Sichili, Directrice du Centre Culturel Irlandais and George Heslin Executive Director of the New-York Irish Centre will join Minister Roselyne Bachelot in paying tribute to Edna O’Brien**

Acknowledgements :

Personal thanks to S. E. Vincent Guérend, Ambassadeur de France en Irlande, H. E. Patricia O’Brien, Ambassador of Ireland to France, Caroline Michel, CEO & Literary Agent at PFD, Kate Burton at Faber & Faber, Nora Hickey M’Sichili, Directrice du Centre Culturel Irlandais , George Heslin, Executive Director of the New York Irish Center & Neil Curtis of the Cercle Littéraire Irlandais.

The Cercle Littéraire Irlandais team ⭕️📚☘️

  • Text by the Press Release of from the French Embassy to Ireland

PS Links to participate in the event are sent 24 hours ahead of the event to registered guests.

Photograph credit: Tom Davies/Jack Mead

Poetic New Year’s Wishes

24 January 2021

Thoughts for 2021 in words & music, opened by Patricia O’Brien & Vincent Guérend, Ambassadors of Ireland to France & France to Ireland

In addition to a dozen artists and friends, we were delighted to also hear from Nora Hickey M’Sichili, the Directrice du Centre Culturel Irlandais.

24 December 2020

2020 being the year that it was, many did not travel to family over the holiday period. This was an online ‘get-together’ over three days of three days of Christmas with poetry, song, chat and festive cheer, with everybody bringing along their best Christmas ‘Craic’er joke.

Three days event 24th, 25th 26th December 2020

Creative Writing Workshop with Nessa O’Mahoney

29 November 2020

Opened by Her Excellency, Helena Nolan, Ambassador of Ireland to Belgium, this workshop was lead by Dublin-born poet Nessa O’Mahoney.

Nessa has published five books of poetry – Bar Talk, appeared (1999), Trapping a Ghost (2005), In Sight of Home (2009), Her Father’s Daughter (2014), and The Hollow Woman on the Island, published by Salmon in May 2019. Her debut crime novel, The Branchman, was published by Arlen House in 2018.

Maria Doyle: The Voice, The Book, The Inspiration

27 September 2020

After having represented Ireland in the Eurovision in 1985, Maria Doyle has Inspired millions as a semi-finalist on ‘The Voice’ in France in 2020. Her book, “On ne voit bien qu’avec le Coeur,” PLON) and her indomitable spirit overcoming blindness showed us how we can each overcome challenges to fulfill our dreams!

August Harvest with Anne Fitzgerald

30 August 2020

A conversation with Dublin based poet Anne Fitzgerald, who has edited produced and designed four anthologies of young adults’ poetry books, including Beyond the Sea, The Map of Everything and Vacant Possession.

In conversation with Paddy Sherlock

21 June 2020

Jazz extraordinaire, actor, singer, songwriter and trombone player Paddy Sherlock joins the Cercle in conversation to talk about his own albums and shows but also his work with major French Rock acts such as FFF.

The Hand of James Joyce

14 June 2020

A pre-Bloomsday event with a selection of readings and music by artists such as Moyra Donaldson, David Kitt, Maria McManus and Liam Carson.

Celebrating the Irish Mammy

07 June 2020

This event celebrated Irish mothers, and mothering in the broader sense of the word, with poems and prose, a fun quiz, and a lovely recipe and cooking demonstration from special guest Trish Deseine, renowned Irish food writer and cookbook author.

Eavan Boland Tribute

31 May 2020

Opened by Her Excellency, Patricia O’Brien, Ambassador of Ireland to France, this event paid tribute to the late Eavan Boland,

Dr. Nessa O’Mahony shared how she came to know Eavan Boland and her work, as well as preparation of “Eavan Boland: Inside History” with Dr. Siobhan Campbell.

Prof. Clíona Ní Ríordáin shared her professional relationship with Eavan’s work, including the challenge of translating her famous poem celebrating the anniversary of women’s suffrage in Ireland delivered at the United Nations in French.

Inaugural Virtual Hibernian Debate

10 May 2020

Two teams debated the topic of whether or not it would be ‘Back to Business as Usual’ post pandemic.

Celebrating Women with Words

01 March 2020

The inaugural event of the Cercle Litteraire Irlandais, this event was held to celebrate International Women’s Day. Guest Speaker was Lara Marlowe, the Irish Times correspondent, and winners of the writing competition were Maria McManus (poetry) and Grace Fahey (prose).

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