October 2017


Dia dhaoibh! An Open Day on September 16 with a turnout of close to 550 visitors, and a Culture night event with more than 1,500 revellers enjoying the sound of the Créole band Zoréol, while the Autumn session for our French courses is kicking off to a great start: the Alliance Française is indeed THE place to enjoy French language and culture in Dublin!
My long-standing collaboration with Alliance Française throughout the world is now bringing me to Ireland, and I am extremely pleased and honoured with my new assignment as director of the third largest Alliance Française in Europe, and as delegate general of Fondation Alliance Française for the ROI.
I look forward to meeting you all, friends and partners of the Alliance Française de Dublin, in the weeks to come. A bientôt, j’espère !

Thierry Lagnau, Directeur de l’Alliance Française de Dublin / Délégué général de l’Alliance Française en Irlande, tlagnau@alliance-francaise.ie

Forum Exhibition
Creative & Digital City
  Contacts: AF d'Irlande

29, 30 September & 1 October 2017
Admission free / More info

ConneXions is the 1st forum connecting French & Irish actors in culture, education & tech to allow them developing new partnerships, business opportunities & innovative projects. This two-day free event will feature round table seminars, business meetings, a start-up market and a hackathon. A hackathon is a sprint-like event in which subject-matter experts and local social actors collaborate intensively on a problem-solving project. Register now and you could win a €2,500 prize fund!
Organised within the framework of French Tech Dublin by the French Embassy and Business French in partnership with Dublin City Council, Institut Français and Richmond Barracks, with the support of the Alliance Française, Dublin.ie, Failte Ireland, Local Enterprise Office, LinkedIn, Smart Dublin and The Digital Hub.

Richmond Barracks, Dublin 8


Until 11 October
Admission free

In 1974 the Irish Network of the Alliance Française was at its peak with a record number of centres and student registrations, and the establishment of the Délégation Générale in the prestigious premises of 1 Kildare Street.

As a sign of its vitality the network developed the magazine Contacts to present what was happening both in the Irish network of Alliances Françaises and in the Paris Alliance, diplomatic and economic works between France and Ireland, academic essays, cultural reviews, teaching aids, etc.

This exhibition centres around three types of imagery: original covers, cultural events, original illustrations and also vintage advertisements which were often tailor-made for the magazine by big names of yesterday and today, French and Irish alike.


Internationally recognised diplomas in the French Language

Registration for DELF/DALF from 1 to 29 October More information

DELF (Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française) and DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française) are official and valid for life qualifications awarded by the CIEP and the French Ministry of Education to certify the competency of candidates from outside France in the French language. DELF & DALF are composed of 6 independent diplomas that correspond to the 6 levels of the Common European Framework for Languages. You can sit DELF and DALF exams at the Alliance Française on November 23 and 24 with a registration before 29 October.

Special Event   Conference
French Teaching Assistants
Induction Course
  French Teachers Association
Annual Conference

5-6 October 2017
More Information

Every year, 60 French language assistants come to Ireland and are posted around the country to secondary schools to support French teachers and share their culture and language with young Irish students.
To help and support the assistants, the Department of Education and Skills and the French Embassy will hold an induction and training course at the Alliance Française Dublin and
The Atrium (Department of Justice) that will be officially launched in the newly refurbished French Library.
We wish them a fruitful year in their schools!


6-7 October 2016
Full Programme

The annual conference of the French Teachers Association in partnership with the French Embassy will be held this year in Cork. This year’s theme,  En ligne ! Les médias dans la classe de français, will be focused on using media in the classroom, with many key speakers including  Fanny KablanCatherine Jeanneau, Valérie David-McGonnell, Martin Howardand and Desmond Keane. The conference will open on Friday evening with a screening of Fanny’s Journey, a French film directed by Lola Doillon.
University College Cork, Cork

Exhibition Launch   Tour
City Break - 2 Days
in Dublin
  Open House 2017 at
the Alliance Française

Thursday 12 October – 6.30pm
Admission free

French-born, Barcelona-based Gauvin Lape-toule is a self-taught photographer interested in urban photography, mainly architecture and street art. In one of his project series, he carries out "city breaks", photography trips lasting a few days in European cities (Barcelona, Paris, Seville, Budapest, etc.). In March 2017 he spent two days in Dublin and captured striking photos of the unique  atmosphere and the ever-changing charm of the capital. There he explored many photographic playgrounds mixing timeless designs with futuristic ones: the Liffey quays and bridges, Grand Canal Square, Trinity College Library, and of course the street art and nightlife of the Temple Bar area.

Exhibition launch in the presence of the photographer.


Saturday 14 October – 2.30pm, 3.15pm & 4pm  Admission free

Open House Dublin is Ireland’s largest architecture festival, inviting all citizens to explore their city with architectural tours provided by expert guides.

One of the jewels of Dublin city centre, the Alliance Francaise’s building, formerly the Kildare Club, was designed in 1858 and completed in 1861. The architecture was influenced by the writings of John Ruskin on the role of the craftsman and the social responsibility of public art. One of the most celebrated architectural elements of the building is the imaginative and skillfully carved animals that can be seen on the bases and capitals of the large external columns. The tour this year will focus on the newly renovated French Library.

Launch, Readings & Music   Screening
Colin O’Sullivan’s "Killarney Blues" French Edition   Cinéclub Halloween:

Tuesday 24 October – 6.30pm
Admission free

Killarney, in the southwest of Ireland, is a peaceful town, where Bernard Dunphy leads a quiet life, which is suddenly disrupted by a crime. Investigations reveal sinister events which had, until then, remained buried in the past. Originally from Killarney, Colin O’Sullivan writes in Japan where he teaches English. Having tried his hand at poetry, he has turned to novel writing. Killarney Blues is his first novel. The French translation will be launched at the Alliance Française in the presence of the translator, Ludivine Bouton-Kelly who will be interviewed by Sinéad Mac Aodha and the publisher of Betimes Books Svetlana Pironko.

Readings of extracts in French by the actress Anne Nakache and in English by actor and playwright Donal Courtney. Background music for the event will be provided by Eoin O’Brien.


Thursday 26 October – 7.30pm
€6 / Free for Premium Members

Save the date: the newly refurbished multiform space of the French Library now hosts a Cinéclub every last Thursday of the month!

To celebrate Halloween we will be screening the French horror film Livide. France has excelled in the horror genre since the 2000s, a phenomenon dubbed as "French New Wave of Horror" or "New French Extremity". It is the second film by Julien Maury & Alexandre Bustillo, less radical  than its predecessor À l'intérieur but eerier, in the vein of Dario Argento and Guillermo del Toro.

The Cinéclub is free for Alliance Française Premium Members among many other advantages! More on Memberships

School Holiday Programme
Alliance Française Halloween School Holiday Camps

Children 31 October - 3 November
from 9.30am to 1.30pm

4-6 years old
7-10 years old

Learn and play in French: Arts & crafts, songs, games, and many more spooky activities!
The classes will be led by qualified and child-friendly French-native teachers and take place both in our dedicated room and in the newly refurbished Children's Corner of the French Library. All children are welcome, whatever their level of French!


Teenagers 31 October - 3 November
from 1pm to 4pm

Junior Cert
Leaving Cert

Every school holiday, the Alliance Française organises intensive courses for Junior & Leaving Certificates students preparing to sit their French Oral examination that year. While we try to keep this holiday programme as lively and fun as possible, its content is directly designed to meet the requirements of the syllabus and includes a mock exam!

La Cocotte Restaurant Weekly Specials
Weekly Specials
Chef's Favourite for October

Chèvre chaud et pain perdu  2 – 7 October
Gratin d'endives  
9 – 14 October
Cassoulet au chorizo 
16 – 21 October
Courge Spaghetti 
23 – 28 October

Main Course .................................... €11.50
Main Course
+ Dessert + Coffee....... €15.50
10% off for Students and AF Members

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