Summer 2017


Un immense MERCI ! A tous, membres de l’Alliance française de Dublin, étudiants, partenaires et amis, pour cette magnifique aventure irlandaise qui s’achèvera pour moi dans quelques semaines. Ces cinq années sont bien vite passées qui ont vu l’Alliance se moderniser, innover comme jamais et se transformer au fil des mois pour devenir une véritable Maison de la France, en plein cœur de cette capitale unique qu’est Dublin.
Merci à chacun des membres bénévoles du Comité pour son engagement et sa vigilante attention de tous les instants, merci au Président Pat Cox pour son amitié et la confiance qu’il m’a accordées.  Merci à toutes les équipes, aux enseignants ainsi qu’aux membres du personnel administratif dont j’ai particulièrement apprécié le professionnalisme et le dévouement sans faille.
Je quitte l’Irlande pour prendre mes fonctions en septembre prochain à la Fondation Alliance française en emportant les images et les couleurs de ce pays si attachant, la gentillesse et l’énergie positive communicative de ses habitants. Je souhaite à mon successeur Thierry Lagnau plein succès dans ce beau poste et, à chacun d’entre vous, une excellente continuation avec l’AF de Dublin !

Philippe Milloux, Directeur / Délégué général Fondation Af en Irlande,

Education Education
Summer Courses
for Adults
  Summer Camps
for Teenagers

8 week session  31 July - 22 Sept
Free assessments on 17, 18, 19 and 24, 25, 26 between 4.30 and 6.30pm

The Harvest Term is open to both former and new students. It features general French courses, conversation courses, refreshers' classes available over 8 weeks for adults.
Also available, the French for Holidays programme will allow you to improve your command of the language, get useful phrases, cultural tips, savoir-vivre and savoir-faire that will help you before and during their stay!

Assessments are free of charge and no appointment is required. You don't need an assessment if you are a complete beginner or if you are already a student with the Alliance, you can enrol directly online.


2 week programme every 2 weeks  Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm - 30 hours in total – €350
Junior Teens: 3 - 14 July / 17 - 28 July / 31 July - 11 August / 14 August - 1 September
Senior Teens: 3 - 14 July / 17 - 28 July / 31 July - 11 August / 14 August - 1 September
Starter Teens: 3 - 14 July / 17 - 28 July / 31 July - 11 August / 14 August - 1 September

Our courses are designed to complement classes already attended at secondary school and to lay the groundwork for the school year ahead. They provide a diversification in an interactive and fun way, with a focus on interests and topics relevant to their age.
3 groups are available: Junior Teens (going into 2nd and 3rd Year), Senior Teens (going into 4th, 5th and 6th year) Starter Teens (going into 1st Year or complete beginners).

Education   Exhibition
Summer Camps
for Children
  19th Century Drawings
by Edme de Saux
1 week camp every week
Monday to Friday 9.30am to 2pm €220
For 4-6 Years Old
3-7 July / 10-14 July / 17-21 July / 24-28 July
31 July - 4 August / 8-11 August / 14-18 August / 21-25 August

For 7-10 Years Old
3-7 July / 10-14 July / 17-21 July / 24-28 July
31 July - 4 August / 8-11 August / 14-18 August / 21-25 August

Learn and play in French: Arts and Crafts, songs, outdoor games (subject to weather) and much more... Camps takes place every week with different activities. The classes will be led by child-friendly native-French qualified teachers. All children are welcome, whatever their level!

From 3 July
Admission free

Edme de Saux, born in Beaune, Burgundy, in 1813, was a member of the local gentry and a keen traveller.

During the first half of the 19th century, he journeyed around the South East of France immortalising landscapes and buildings. In these drawings, the artist captures the remains of the Ancient Roman Empire and the country’s medieval past, as they stood blended into everyday life. All are executed with pencil on paper and are beautifully detailed.

De Saux’s drawings were found some years ago in the attic of an old Burgundy house and loaned to the Hunt Museum Limerick.

Live Broadcast   Screening
Cyrano de Bergerac
by La Comédie Française
  IFI French Film Club:
The Midwife
Tuesday 4 July – 7.30pm
€16 / AF Members: Buy 1 ticket get 1 free! (available at Box Office only)

Cultural Cinema in association with Omniplex Rathmines & Alliance Francaise are delighted to present Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac broadcasted live from Paris!
Cyrano de Bergerac is one of the most famous French plays. It has been performed, translated, adapted and parodied countless times around the world – it is also responsible for introducing the word "panache" into the English language! AF Members will be entitled to two tickets for the price of one upon presentation of their membership card!

Omniplex, Rathmines, Dublin 6


Tuesday 11 July 6.30pm
€9.40 / €7.50 AF & IFI Members

The Midwife (Sage femme) is a 2017 drama film directed by French director, writer and actor Martin Provost (Séraphine, Violette) starring Catherine Frot and Catherine Deneuve. It was screened out of competition at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.

Claire is a tightly wound midwife who forms an unlikely friendship with Béatrice, her late father's free-spirited mistress. Though polar opposites, the two women come to rely on each other after Béatrice reveals that she has brain cancer.

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Dublin 2

14th of July Special Events

Bastille Day Celebration at La Petite Boulangerie 
Friday 14 July 8am-3pm 9 Camden Street, Dublin 2 Admission free

The pop-up café will bring from July 10th an authentic taste of France to Dublin city centre. Alongside Cuisine de France favourites, both sweet and savoury, the café will be serving an innovative menu of delectable delights, including the much anticipated Croffle, designed with renowned chef Louise Lennox. On Bastille Day, all Members of the Alliance Francaise are invited to enjoy a FREE freshly baked Croissant on production of Membership card (available while stocks last, don't miss out!)

Bastille Day Celebration at The Church
Friday 14 July 4.30pm-3am Mary & Jervis Street, Dublin 1 Admission free

French Friday, Le Petit Journal Dublin and The Church Cafe Bar, Restaurant & Club have teamed up again with the support of Ambassade de France en Irlande to offer you the biggest Bastille Day celebration in Ireland! Au programme: French Pastis, French Wine, French Pétanque & entertainment, French Crêpes, French Saucisson, French Fanfare and French DJs!
Prizes to be won in partnership with
Alliance Francaise, Le Petit Breton, Piglet Wine Bar and more!

Street Theatre   Theatre
Galway Arts Festival:
French Street Theatre
  Galway Fringe Festival:
The Wallpaper
21 - 23 July
Programme & Timetable

With the support of the Ambassade de France en Irlande, French artists will take to the streets this July at the Galway International Arts Festival! A breathtaking programme awaits you with two street spectacle shows from Transe Express, Chariot of the Sea and Mobile Homme, along with The People Build, a street architecture collaborative project by French artist Olivier Grossetête. Audiences are invited to take part in this spectacular architectural event where thousands of cardboard boxes will be transformed into the building blocks of a democratically assembled building.
All performances are 
Irish premieres


20 - 23 July – 8.00pm
€10 / €8
for AF Members

A touching, visually enchanting and yet thought-provoking all-female performance, The Wallpaper deals with the perception of “madness” and explores the fine line between reality and hallucination through the combination of contemporary dance and physical theatre with live music and texts both performed both in French and English.
Fleet of Feet is a Franco-Irish theatre company founded by Stella Godmet and Léa Wéber in October 2016 featuring artists from Ireland, France, Spain and Argentina.

Columban Hall, Sea Road, Galway

Special Event

Dublin Maker 2017: European Summer Library

Saturday 22 July 10am - 6pm – Merrion Square Park Dublin 2 , Admission free

Unleash your inner inventor at our European pop-up library during the Dublin Maker event! Come give a second life to old books, create multilingual poems, teach a new trick or two to your toddler and discover selected applications for kids… Or just have a relax and a read in the tastefully decorated and comfortable lounge space. The European Summer Library initiative is a collaboration between the Libraries of the Alliance Française, Goethe Institut, Instituto Cervantes and Istuto Italiano in Dublin.

Dublin Maker, now in its 6th edition, is a free-to-attend community run event, that  takes the form of a “show and tell” experience where inventors/makers sourced through an open call have an opportunity to showcase their creations at individual booths in a carnival atmosphere. It is a family friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the maker movement. Dublin Makers is part again of the Festival of Curiosity, Dublin’s outstanding Science Festival.

Screening   Library
Vincent n'a pas d'écailles
  The French Library Annual
Closure / Culturethèque

Thursday 27 July – 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!

Somewhere between superhero movie and silent comedy Vincent n’a pas d’écailles is a quirky low-budget flick that received rave reviews and many prizes in the indie film festival circuit.

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


Summer Timetable / Closure
More information

The French Library will operating on Summer opening hours from July 2nd: from Tuesday to Thursday 12pm-6.30pm. Please note that the library will be closed in August for a well-deserved break and stock inventory!

But don't dispair, AF Members still have 24/7 access to our digital library Culturethèque!
Are you one of our students? So you are already a Member! Simply collect your Membership card at the French Library and retrieve your access codes. If not get your Membership before the end of July!

Workshops   Special Event
Toddlers’ Time
The French Library
  Alliance Française
Open Day 2017
Tuesdays at 10.30am
€5 / Free for Members

The French Library invites parents and toddlers to come and discover its Kids' Corner every Tuesday morning at 10.30am and learn how to make the most of the Library's books and resources. During 45 minutes of songs, games and stories in company of our specialist librarians you will learn to interact and bond with your little one.

For toddlers from 12 months old accompanied by their parent/guardian. Places are limited, please book in advance!


Saturday 16 September 11am-5pm
Admission free

We are organising an Open Day to give you the opportunity to meet our staff and learn about our courses and events for 2017/2018. It may be just the thing you’re looking for to kick start your French, so don’t be shy!

Check out our book stand and find out about our various activities, then relax with a complimentary coffee and croissant in La Cocotte. Toddlers, children, teens, parents and grandparents: whatever your age, we have something to offer you!

1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
(+353) 1 676 17 32