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A Journey Through France Summer 2019

A Journey Through France Summer 2019

Nature, culture, sport and leisure, we have put together an unforgettable Summer Tour de France! 
From Lille to Marseille, we have composed for you the perfect Summer Trip to discover all about France's best spots. 

Let's dive in our French Summer Programme! 

Review - In Safe Hands

Review - In Safe Hands

The movie tells the story of Theo, a baby who was given up at birth. We follow Theo's life as he's put into the foster care system and they search for him to be adopted, as well as that of a potential adopted parent in single woman Alice (Elodie Bouchez). Theo is looked after by father Jean (Gilles Lelouche) and case worker Karine (Sandriner Kiberlain) as they realize there may be something wrong [...]

Review - Memoir of War

Review - Memoir of War

This movie is an adaptation of Marguerite Duras' semi-autobiographical 1985 novel La Douleur. It looks at Duras (Melanie Thierry) as she searches desperately for information on her husband after he was arrested by the Nazis in 1944. This includes befriending the officer that arrested him.
This is a heavy and uncompromising depiction of a certain grief.[...]

Review - Lola and Her Brothers

Review - Lola and Her Brothers

Lola (Ludivine Sagnier) is the younger sister of Benoit (Jean-Paul Rouve, who also directed) and Pierre (Jose Garcia). Despite her young age, she acts as the mother to the orphaned trio due to their differing levels of immaturity. This movie follows roughly a year of their lives, with Lola getting into a relationship with a man whose divorce she handled [...]

Review - An Impossible Love

Review - An Impossible Love

Rachel (Virginie Efira) meets and falls in love with Philippe (Niels Schneider). Their passionate tryst results in the birth of a girl, Chantal. However, after becoming pregnant, Philippe shows less and less interested in Rachel. Over the course of the next 40 years, we see Rachel coping with the maturation of her daughter and the random moments Philippe chooses [...]

Amazing French Words We Use Every Day

Amazing French Words We Use Every Day

French is an absolutely beautiful language. It has been able to captivate people since centuries mainly because of its structure and the influence it has over multiple languages especially English. A staggering fact tells us that nearly 29% of words in English are from the French language which is also one of the highest spoken […]

10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Tours in France

10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Tours in France

Modern, green, trendy, cultural and historical – you can never get bored in Tours. Born and raised in Tours, I could easily lose all sense of objectivity when it comes to describing my hometown. However, a quick glance into what the many wonders the city has to offer will prove me right: Tours is an […]

5 Great Things about French Culture

5 Great Things about French Culture

There are literally hundreds of movies that depict France as somewhat mystical. It’s a combination of artistry, enigma and culture and it lives on every street of the amazing country. Unlike other cultures, the French culture is somewhat more diverse and is present in everything of the country. Starting from the food & music to […]

5 Reasons to Visit France

5 Reasons to Visit France

10 Good Reasons to learn French

10 Good Reasons to learn French

France is the land of wine, fine dining and love. The country is rich in culture and history with millions visiting the country every year. The language, French, is among one of the most popular languages in the world and today, let’s discuss why we should learn it: Global language It is a language that […]

Ten Interesting Facts about France

Ten Interesting Facts about France

From the world’s most popular tourist destination to the Europe’s Highest mountains. Here are ten staggering facts about France: France is the world’s most popular tourist destination. Statistics indicate that nearly $82.6 million tourists visited the country in 2016. France is a leader in food preservation as it was the first country that actually banned […]

Dining in Paris with a Twist

Dining in Paris with a Twist

After all those visits to quirky shopping locations HERE or unusual cultural outings HERE, you will certainly want to take a well deserved break. It is often difficult to choose from the huge variety of restaurants and cafés in Paris. And because you don’t want to end up in the same bistrot or brasserie as everyone else, we […]

Quirky Cultural Outings in Paris

Quirky Cultural Outings in Paris

Enter your text here… We continue our series of ‘Quirky Things to Do in Paris’. The first one was about shopping, since that’s what many visitors love doing in the capital of fashion. If you haven’t read it yet, click HERE. If you are a culture buff then this one is for you… From museums […]

Quirky Shopping Experience in Paris

Quirky Shopping Experience in Paris

Of course, everyone visiting Paris expects to see the Tour Eiffel, Montmartre, Notre Dame… However, Paris has so much more to offer. Today, we start a series of 3 blog posts helping you to discover quirky and hidden places in the French capital. First up on the list – shopping, bien sûr! The fashionable capital is home […]

Bon Voyage

Bon Voyage

an exhibition by artist Gana Roberts 6 April – 3 May 2017 Bon Voyage is an enquiry into the interaction of contingency and freewill in the shaping of identity. The video presentation reflects on a self’s tumbling journey in a world devoid of stable reference. This enquiry segues into a more collective mode, and looks […]

Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 2017 at AFCork

Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 2017 at AFCork

We are proud to take part again this year in the 14th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival. With a motto Investigate – Participate – Celebrate, the Festival promotes and celebrates learning of all kinds across all age groups, abilities and interests. Events at Alliance Française de Cork (admission free, all welcome): Monday 3 April 2017 @1.30 […]

10 Expressions You’ll Hear In Paris

10 Expressions You’ll Hear In Paris

Ah, Paris…The city of lights, love and art… We all know it as a wonderful destination for a romantic city break… …but what about Parisians themselves? The city dwellers don’t exactly have a reputation for being the friendliest or most welcoming of people. However, what if you could use some typical Parisian expressions to win […]

28th Cork French Film Festival

28th Cork French Film Festival

Under the patronage of His Excellency Michael D Higgins, President of Ireland 28th Cork French Film Festival brings you a sensational programme with a strong emphasis on contemporary French Cinema, dynamic directing, a wealth of new releases, and a host of up and coming new names from France. Cork French Film Festival is especially honoured […]

Call For Volunteers  – 28th Cork French Film Festival

Call For Volunteers – 28th Cork French Film Festival

If you are interested in cinema and have some free time, join 28th Cork French Film Festival volunteer team! 5th  – 12th March 2017 Positions include but are not limited to:Technical support, festival film production team, marketing, social media support, welcoming, ushering, and others. Volunteers attend film screenings for free. Download  CFFF17 Volunteer Application Form HERE and CFFF17 […]

Open Evening

Open Evening

If you are interested in joining a French or Irish course, but have some questions to ask first, we are hosting an Open Evening before Spring term starts, so as to meet you and answer your questions. Come & see our premisses (classrooms, Galerie, médiathèque). 7pm join a FREE 30min French class with our senior […]

Christmas Markets in Brussels (25/11-1/01)

Christmas Markets in Brussels (25/11-1/01)

Time flies… it’s already December and 2016 is almost over… Even though we cannot say that this year has been the happiest one for French and Belgian people, today we invite you to travel to the heart of Europe for Christmas. On paper, Brussels can be kind of bland – for a lot of people, […]

What’s a Beaujolais Nouveau?

What’s a Beaujolais Nouveau?

Did you know that the third Thursday of November is the official day for the release of the newest wine on the market, Beaujolais Nouveau? As stipulated in the French law, Beaujolais Nouveau will be released onto the market at the stroke of midnight – precisely 12:01 am. Each autumn this release is followed by […]

7 Best French TV Programmes For Learning French

7 Best French TV Programmes For Learning French

Well, I know, it isn’t always easy to learn a foreign language… that learning process sometimes can seem a bit too tedious… But there’s a way to improve your language skills that’ll entertain you and be useful in equal measures – watch some TV series… This way, while following a compelling story and having some […]

Un géant du cinéma français nous a quitté

Un géant du cinéma français nous a quitté

The great Pierre Étaix, a giant of French cinema, has sadly passed away on Friday 14th October 2016. Étaix, clown, magician, screenwriter, actor-director, was one of the kings of French Comic Cinema, having worked in the course of his outstanding career with greats like Jacques Tati and Jean-Claude Carrière, with whom he became firm friends. […]

Soirée Musicale – Concert of French Music

Soirée Musicale – Concert of French Music

An evening of 19th Century & Contemporary French Composers, with Maria Mulcahy (Flute) and David O’Sullivan (Keyboard) Venue: Alliance Française de Cork Galerie Date: Wednesday 9th November 2016 Time: 6.30pm Admission free, all welcome! Places are limited – booking essential. We are delighted to welcome you to Alliance Francaise de Cork Galerie for our upcoming […]

Replanting the Blue Snail Garden

Replanting the Blue Snail Garden

an exhibition by Canadian artist Heidi Etsell 26th October– 16th December 2016 In 2011, Heidi began planting what she calls the Blue Snail Garden: a place with imagination for soil and where stories, drawings, paintings and decorative objects grow in abundance. In 2016, Heidi ‘washed up’ on the shore of Ireland after a failed attempt to move […]

Most Common Belgicismes in Belgian French [PART 2]

Most Common Belgicismes in Belgian French [PART 2]

Belgium doesn’t have its very own language; indeed ‘le Belge’ doesn’t exist… Maybe that’s why Belgium has not just one but three official languages: French, Dutch and German (easy, no?). However, it is French and Dutch that are the most widely spoken in Belgium. This multilingualism leads to the creation of new expressions, called “Belgicismes” […]

Urban October 2016

Urban October 2016

Celebrating Cork City Centre’s city spaces. We are delighted to take part in EcCoWell, Cork City Council  and CORE initiative celebrating our city centre and all that’s it got to offer. Free events at AFCork on Thursday 6th October 2016: French language: 6-7.30pm Elementary French Conversation class Irish art: ‘Edge of Place’ exhibition by Cork  artist […]

Can You Understand Belgian French? [PART 1]

Can You Understand Belgian French? [PART 1]

When we talk about the French language, the very first country that crosses our minds is, of course, France. However, as we well know, it is not only in France that we can speak French. Indeed, Belgium is another European country, where we can practise the language of Molière. Even if the French and the […]

Common Grammar Mistakes in French

Common Grammar Mistakes in French

We continue outlining most common mistakes English speakers make in French. Here’s a brief overview of typical pitfalls that await when we try to compose a grammatically correct sentence in French. It’s only a brief list that’ll help you refresh your knowledge and build your confidence. The use of adjectives in French is different from the ones in […]

Cork Culture Night 2016 at AFCork

Cork Culture Night 2016 at AFCork

Friday 16th September 2016 6pm – 11pm Alliance Française de Cork is pleased to take part in Cork Culture Night again this year. This year we celebrate French music and Irish art: 7pm – 8pm International band Soupe du Jour will entertain the public with classic chansons françaises, as well as contemporary pieces with a […]

Avoid These Common Pronunciation & Vocabulary Mistakes in French

Avoid These Common Pronunciation & Vocabulary Mistakes in French

English learners of French often make these mistakes when speaking the language. While some of the below mentioned mistakes will not prevent you from communicating with relative success, others might cause quite a bit of confusion or even become a cause for offence. In this brief list we cover the most common mistakes English speakers […]

French Girls’ Irish Adventures [Part 3]

French Girls’ Irish Adventures [Part 3]

As our intership in Cork draws to a close, we share a few final words about facts of life that surprised us in Ireland and some broken stereotypes about Irish food…(CONTINUED): Food is life Before coming to Ireland, we had some prejudices concerning the food. One of the clichés about Irish people in France is that they […]

Edge of Place

Edge of Place

an exhibition by Cork artist Pascal Ungerer 15th September – 14th October 2016 Edge of Place is lens-based audiovisual installation of work, by photographer and artist Pascal Ungerer. The work examines the geo-political landscape of some of the borderland regions within Europe. Borders form an intersection between society and place and are demonstrative of how people define space in […]

Surprising Things in Ireland [Part 2]

Surprising Things in Ireland [Part 2]

We, two French interns, arrived to Cork, Ireland for a few months of internship. These past few months turned out to be a truly inspiring cultural and linguistic experience with a few surprises along the way (CONTINUED): ALSO READ: Things That Surprised Us In Ireland [Part 1] ALSO READ: French Girls Irish Adventures [Part 3] 4. […]

Open Day

Open Day

  Your last chance to avail of early booking discount! Join us for refreshments & croissants in our galerie. Try our sample French class at 1pm. Meet some of our teachers. Get your level assessed. Children, Second level, adults all welcome! Date: Saturday 3 September 2016 Time: 11am – 2pm Venue: Alliance Française de Cork You can […]

Things That Surprised Us In Ireland [part 1]

Things That Surprised Us In Ireland [part 1]

Before arriving to Ireland, we had heard of a few clichés: luxurious green fields, sheep everywhere, lots of redheads… …but there were many things we didn’t really expect, and had a few – good and bad – surprises during our stay. Here are some things that caught us, two French interns, off-guard in Cork and Ireland. […]

10 French Films to See This Summer

10 French Films to See This Summer

Summer is always a good occasion to go out and travel. But sometimes it also feels good to just chill and stay at home with a nice cup of tea, right? We’ve compiled a small list of interesting French films for you to watch as you relax on a quiet (maybe rainy) day… Belle et Sébastien […]

5 French Books for a Relaxed Holiday

5 French Books for a Relaxed Holiday

Holidays are here! Time to relax at home or take the opportunity to travel with your friends or family. Whatever your plans are, you probably want to keep up your French and what better way to maintain your level than to read books by French authors? Here is our selection of 5 easy-to-read French books for […]

Best Holiday Spots in France – Foodie Destinations [5 of 5]

Best Holiday Spots in France – Foodie Destinations [5 of 5]

When we think about France, inevitably we think of food and, of course, wine – food is something many of us travel for and even bring back home as souvenirs. So with that in mind, here are a few suggestions for interesting foodie destinations. Bretagne: crêpes France is famous for her crêpes  but did you […]

Irish Writers and Eternal France

Irish Writers and Eternal France

How Irish writers responded during the Occupation, 1940 A talk by Thomas McCarthy, poet Venue: Alliance Française de Cork Galerie Date: Wednesday 25th May 2016 Time: 6.30pm At the outbreak of the Second World War Ireland declared her Neutrality, but Irish writers and intellectuals

Lille – a Bustling City in the North of France

Lille – a Bustling City in the North of France

As a young girl from the North of France, I had always heard about Lille as being the perfect city for students as it is big, full of life and keeps you busy. So when I moved there last September, I was glad to discover that what I’d heard was true. What are the nicest […]

Irish Émigrés in France in the 18th century: Irish Colleges and ‘Wild Geese’

Irish Émigrés in France in the 18th century: Irish Colleges and ‘Wild Geese’

A talk by Diarmaid Ó Catháin Venue: Alliance Française de Cork Galerie Date: Wednesday 4th May 2016 Time: 6.30pm Diarmaid Ó Catháin has been interested for many years in the ‘Wild Geese’ – the Irish émigrés in continental Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries.  The Irish connection with France was particularly strong in that period, and traces […]

Full Circle

Full Circle

An exhibition by Cork artist Dermot Browne  19th May – 15th July 2016 Full Circle reviews Browne’s paintings spanning almost 20 years since his first solo exhibition at the A.F. in Cork. Browne’s earlier interest in painterly figuration passed through a long period of interest in modernist abstraction, which has now begun to return to […]

Lille – Shopping, Going Out and Celebrating

Lille – Shopping, Going Out and Celebrating

Any nice place for shopping? Of course, like any other big city, Lille is perfect for shopping. The city centre is full of famous brands and shopping centres. Street of Bethune and a shopping centre of Euralille is the place to be if you love shopping. But don’t forget about the ‘Vieux Lille’ area, the shops […]

Fête de la musique

Fête de la musique

A free musical evening with ‘Soupe du jour’ Venue: Alliance Française de Cork Galerie Date: Tuesday 21st June 2016 Time: 7pm Every year on 21st June France celebrates music in all its forms by organising free concerts in various locations. We are delighted to join this annual celebration and have prepared for you a musical evening with classic chansons as […]

Best Holiday Spots in France – the Seaside [part 1 of 5]

Best Holiday Spots in France – the Seaside [part 1 of 5]

Are you staring at your computer screen and…. …instead of writing a report, secretly dreaming about a white sandy beach somewhere warm, where you absolutely need your sunglasses, a long flowy dress and a magnificent straw hat…? Here are five French destinations which will perfectly fit your dreams, especially, if you are planning to make […]

Bastille Day – Café Français à la Galerie

Bastille Day – Café Français à la Galerie

Free event for all the family in celebration of 14 julliet. Venue: Alliance Française de Cork Galerie Date: Thursday 14 July 2016 Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm Drop in to Alliance Française de Cork for a relaxed francophone morning.   Enjoy Live French Music and flowing conversation à la française over café, croissants, pains au chocolat, as AF team entertain […]

Best Holiday Spots in France – City Breaks [part 2 of 5]

Best Holiday Spots in France – City Breaks [part 2 of 5]

If asked to name a city in France, most people would mention Paris…. …but what about the rest of France? …cities that have enormous riches to offer to those who love architecture, culture, shopping and everything else that can only be experienced in a city. With this in mind we have compiled a list of […]

Best Holiday Spots in France – Historic & Archaeological Sites  [3 of 5]

Best Holiday Spots in France – Historic & Archaeological Sites [3 of 5]

When it comes to history and archeology, France boasts some of the most exciting archeological sites, some of the most opulent architectural gems with their wealthy museums and turbulent histories. Here’s a selection of four exciting historic attractions in France, absolute must-see places for any serious history fan. Carcassonne If you love historic sites then you […]

Silent Vigil in Solidary with the People of France

Silent Vigil in Solidary with the People of France

Alliance Française de Cork will hold a Silent Vigil  in solidarity with the people of France, the French community in Cork, and particularly those who lost their loved ones and those who were injured in Nice during Bastille Day celebrations Date: Monday 18th July Time: 6pm Venue: at the National Monument, Grand Parade, Cork All welcome

Best Holiday Spots in France – Active Holidays [4 of 5]

Best Holiday Spots in France – Active Holidays [4 of 5]

If your idea of a holiday consists of climbing up and down the mountains, enjoying water sports and avoiding sitting in one place even for a few minutes at all costs, then France has to be your destination of choice. With its extensive coastline, mountainous areas and great weather conditions, it’s an active holiday-maker’s paradise. […]

Book of Condolences

Book of Condolences

Alliance Française de Cork will open a Book of Condolences following Bastille Day attack in Nice, France on Monday 18th July from 11am. Book of Condolences will remain open until 29th July 2016.

Shadow-Puppet Workshop

Shadow-Puppet Workshop

Suitable for ages 6-11. This really exiting workshop for children is not only a great art and craft experience, it is also a unique opportunity for young story tellers and actors to participate in the creation of a small play in simple French. Date: Friday 22nd July Time: 11am  – 4pm (Lunch break 1-2pm) Venue: Alliance Française de Cork Workshop […]

Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 2016

Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 2016

AFCork are proud to take part yet again this year in Cork’s Lifelong Learning Festival, which promotes and celebrates learning of all kinds, across all ages, interests and abilities.

27th Cork French Film Festival

27th Cork French Film Festival

Under the patronage of his Excellency, Michael D.Higgins, President of Ireland. The 27th Cork French Film Festival lights up the silver screen with a programme bursting with vitality from a host of dynamic young French filmmakers.

Culinary Journey with Le Cordon Bleu

Culinary Journey with Le Cordon Bleu

The world’s leading Culinary Arts, Wine and Management school have been committed to providing the most prestigious culinary education for over 120 years

Open Day at AFCork

Open Day at AFCork

As an internationally recognised label of quality, the Alliance Française has a long-standing tradition of excellence and expertise in teaching French.

Call for Volunteers – 27th Cork French Film Festival

Call for Volunteers – 27th Cork French Film Festival

6th – 13th March 2016 If you are interested in cinema and have some free time, join 26th Cork French Film Festival volunteer team! Positions include but are not limited to: Technical support, festival film production team, marketing, social media support, welcoming, ushering, and others. Volunteers attend film screenings for free!

Joyeux Noël et bonne année 2016!

Joyeux Noël et bonne année 2016!

AFCork Christmas Break 2015

AFCork Christmas Break 2015

Our Favourite French Christmas Dishes

Our Favourite French Christmas Dishes

It’s the season of Christmas lights and presents along with a lot of excitement around all things foodie. So in the spirit of the season we are starting to plan our Christmas dinner menus. To wet everyone’s appetite and get some fresh inspiration, we have asked our French staff what their favourite Christmas dish is. […]

AFCork Gift Vouchers

AFCork Gift Vouchers

Looking for that special Christmas Gift? How about one with a French twist? Surprise that (budding!) Francophile friend with an AFCork voucher! Vouchers are available for upwards of €20 and can be used towards course fees, AFCork library subscriptions or course books. 

Condolences

Condolences

We offer our deepest sympathy to the people of France as well as our colleagues and friends for the sad loss of life during yesterday’s terrible attacks in Paris. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Inprints

Inprints

an exhibition by Welsh artist Hazel Ramsey 10th December 2015 – 30th January 2016 Hazel Ramsay combines the use of contemporary and traditional media, such as digital photography and embroidery, to explore how political activist and 19th century designer William Morris used the past as an approach to create a utopian vision of society through arts and crafts. […]

Hold the Front Page! Irish Politics and French Press: an Illustrated Presentation

Hold the Front Page! Irish Politics and French Press: an Illustrated Presentation

A talk by Prof. Grace Neville Venue: Alliance Française de Cork Galerie Date: Wednesday 25th November 2015 Time: 6.30pm People in Ireland are generally unaware of the deep interest in Ireland and in Irish politics that existed in France especially from the nineteenth century onwards. This fascination peaked at various points, most notably the Great

The Significance of the 2015 Myanmar/Burma Elections for Europe and Beyond

The Significance of the 2015 Myanmar/Burma Elections for Europe and Beyond

A talk by Dr. Mary Murphy, UCC Venue: Alliance Française de Cork Galerie Date: Wednesday 11th November 2015 Time: 6.30pm Myanmar (also called Burma) has endured decades of brutal military rule and has been marred by ethnic conflict in its regions and on its borders. The military regime which has dominated the governance of Myanmar since the […]

Basque Language in France

Basque Language in France

By Maika Larrue Many people think that Basque country is located in North West Spain, which is only half true. Indeed, the Basque country is divided into seven provinces: four in Spain (Biscaya, Guipuzkoa, Alava, Navarra) and three in France (Lapurdi, Basse-Nafarroa and Xiberoa).

Gestures

Gestures

an exhibition by Irish artist Alan Carey 29th October – 27th November 2015 This exhibition focuses on individual flowers given with the intent of conveying a message. Although the specific message may be forgotten, each flower is saved and serves a reminder of the kindness of the thought. Often just a throw away gesture, they are not […]

Cork Culture Night 2015

Cork Culture Night 2015

Friday 18th September 2015 6pm – 11pm Alliance Française de Cork is pleased to take part in Cork Culture Night again this year. This year we celebrate music and art brought to you by young Corkonians: 8pm Live instrumental performance by talented Irish and Moroccan musicians (vocals, xylophone, saxophone and

Mina Tindle – Sounds From A Safe Harbour

Mina Tindle – Sounds From A Safe Harbour

Friday 18th September 2015 Time: 7pm – 9pm Venue: Crane Lane Theatre, Phoenix Street, Cork Alliance Française de Cork is proud to support  Sounds from a Safe Harbour Festival live music event by Mina Tindle. 

Forward – Hereafter

Forward – Hereafter

an exhibition by Cork artist Dearbhla Coffey 17th September – 9th October 2015 Dearbhla Coffey’s work is a deconstruction of a new “theory of everything” called Biocentrism by the scientist Robert Lanza. Through Printmaking, Dearbhla Coffey’s art takes a geometric and expressive abstraction approach. Therefore the imagery is a personal representation of what we cannot see. Admission […]

Vive la France!

Vive la France!

Café Français à la Galerie, kindly supported by The River Lee Hotel. Drop in to Alliance Française de Cork for a francophone morning Tuesday 14th July 2015 10.30am-12.30pm French ambiance, readings, French music and flowing conversation à la française over café et croissants.

Quiz: Les personnalités liées à la région Nord-Pas de Calais

Quiz: Les personnalités liées à la région Nord-Pas de Calais

par Valérie David Connaissez-vous ces personnalités liées à la région Nord-Pas de Calais? Tout d’abord, savez-vous placer la région Nord-Pas de Calais sur une carte de France? Quelles villes de cette région  pouvez-vous citer?

My Favourite Corner of France – Soulac-sur-Mer [5 of 5]

By Matthieu Nivard My favourite corner of France? Well, as a true Bordelais, I believe spending your summer holidays anywhere but on a south-western beach is a waste of time. There are plenty to choose from from Médoc down to the Basque country but one of them holds a special place in my heart: Soulac-sur-Mer. […]

My Favourite Corner of France – Une Experience Eton-Nantes [4 of 5]

By Marina Oracolo When I first arrived in Nantes as an Erasmus exchange student I had not the slightest idea of what my new host city would look like. Four hours after my arrival, I was staring in astonishment at a giant wooden elephant taking a walk on the edges of the Loire river. Some […]

My Favourite Corner of France – Saint-Jean–de-Luz [3 of 5]

By Marie-José O’Sullivan One of my favourite places in France is Saint-Jean-de-Luz, where I used to spend magical holidays with my family when I was a little girl. I loved the long summer days on the stretch of the Atlantic close to the Spanish border.

My Favourite Corner of France – Avignon [2 of 5]

By Claire Issartel I like going to the South of France on holidays for the sun, the sea, the relaxed atmosphere and the pleasant environment. One of my favourite places to visit in France is Avignon which is located in the department le Vaucluse in Provence-Alpes-Côtes d’Azur. 

mesh.

mesh.

An exhibition by artist Colin O’Connor 18th June – 12th July 2015 mesh. is an exhibition of Combined Materials by Irish artist Colin O’Connor. Working from his West Cork studio, Colin O’Connor creates patterned works that represent personal memories. The exhibition mesh. will combine these works along side a new series of table sculptures. Admission free, […]

My Favourite Corner of France – Ile de Ré  [1 of 5]

My Favourite Corner of France – Ile de Ré [1 of 5]

By Nora Callanan If you are planning a trip to west coast of France, along the Atlantic way, the stunningly beautiful island of Ile de Ré (pronounced Rey), 30km long and 5km wide, is an absolute must. It is easily reached from La Rochelle by a spectacular bridge 3km long. 

Self-assessment check lists for the French Junior Certificate letters

Self-assessment check lists for the French Junior Certificate letters

 by Valérie David The following lists are for 3rd Year students to assess their informal and formal letter writing skills in preparation for the Junior Certificate French (Higher Level) written examination. 

Preparing for the Junior Cert Reading Comprehension

Preparing for the Junior Cert Reading Comprehension

By Matthieu Nivard The reading comprehension of Junior Certificate French Exam accounts for 31.25% of your overall grade. It is designed to test your ability to understand written French vocabulary – can you pick out the relevant information/word(s) in written pieces of varying length? To help you revise efficiently here is a break-down of what […]

Preparing for the Junior Cert Listening Comprehension

Preparing for the Junior Cert Listening Comprehension

By Matthieu Nivard The listening comprehension part of the Junior Certificate French Exam accounts for 43.75% of your overall grade. It is designed to test your ability to understand spoken French vocabulary. So, your knowledge of those lists of words you have been learning for the last three years will be tested as follows – […]

Hang Up

Hang Up

An exhibition of drawings by Irish artist Sinéad O’Neill 28th May – 14th June 2015 Hang Up is an exhibition exploring the power and beauty of hair.  Frequently viewed as one’s ‘crowning glory’, beautiful hair can provide security whilst simultaneously creating insecurity. This work is exploring the aesthetic of hair, as a symbol of one’s […]

12th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival

12th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival

Monday March 23 to Sunday March 29, 2015 Cork’s Lifelong Learning Festival promotes and celebrates learning of all kinds, across all ages, interests and abilities, from pre-school to post retirement. The festival’s motto is Investigate, Participate, Celebrate, and the public can do that by watching demonstrations, trying out skills, and seeing others, from the young to […]

ODYSSÉE

ODYSSÉE

An exhibition by French artist Yohann Walter 16th April – 13th May 2015 Over the past decade, for artistic or professional purposes, French artist Yohann Walter has been travelling from the Ionian Islands to the Hordaland coasts, the foot of Vitosha Mountain to the Catskills, the Laurentides to the Landes forest, Louisiana to the mouth […]

Check list for the French Leaving Cert Opinion Pieces

Check list for the French Leaving Cert Opinion Pieces

  by Valérie David, Leaving Certificate Coordinator Here is a check list for 6th Year students for the réaction à un document type of essay in the Leaving Certificate French (Higher Level) written examination.  

Bank Holiday

Bank Holiday

Alliance Française de Cork will be closed on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th March for bank holidays.

26th Cork French Film Festival

26th Cork French Film Festival

The 26th Cork French Film Festival lights up the silver screen with a programme bursting with creative vitality from a host of dynamic young French filmmakers. Festival Director, Paul Bloom, together with Guest Curator, Julien Planté, celebrate the vital force of the 7th Art with an exciting programme featuring the best in current French cinema. For Festival programme, bookings and […]

Call for Volunteers – 26th Cork French Film Festival

Call for Volunteers – 26th Cork French Film Festival

1st – 8th March 2015 If you are interested in cinema and have some free time, join 26th Cork French Film Festival volunteer team! Positions include but are not limited to: Technical support, festival film production team, marketing, social media support, welcoming, ushering, and others. Volunteers attend film screenings for free!

Bonne année 2015

Bonne année 2015

Nous souhaitons à tous nos élèves, nos sponsors et partenaires, un merveilleux Noël, et une année 2015 remplie de joie et de succès! Nollaig Shona Ath-Bhilian Faoi Mhaise Nora Callanan and all the team at Alliance Française de Cork and Cork French Film Festival

Christmas Card vs Carte de Voeux

Christmas Card vs Carte de Voeux

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a card was missing… Well, except the ones from your French friends. Don’t expect a Christmas card from anyone you know in France. A cartes de vœux might come but not before the New Year. The reason for this slight difference in dates is historical. […]

AFCork Christmas Break

AFCork Christmas Break

TEENS & KIDS: Monday 15 December 2014-Sunday 4 January 2015 inclusive (Classes will recommence on Wednesday 7 & Saturday 10 January 2015) ADULTS: Saturday 20 December 2014-Sunday 4 January 2015 inclusive

A Christmas Gift With a French Twist

The Presence of France in the Irish Literary Imagination

The Presence of France in the Irish Literary Imagination

A talk by Thomas McCarthy, Poet Venue: Alliance Française de Cork Galerie Date: Wednesday 26th November 2014 Time: 6.30pm The idea of France, it’s emotional depth and presence, has been a permanent feature of the Irish sense of self, both political and literary. It has been said that more than a quarter of a million Irishmen […]

Breathe in Breathe out

Breathe in Breathe out

An exhibition of printmaking and sculpture by French artist Aude Dimofski-Gottmann 12th December 2014 – 25th January 2015 The exhibition Breathe in Breathe out emerged through the artist’s exploration about perception and how we forget in contemporary society to breathe: inhale, exhale. The work explores the feelings of claustrophobia, using a combination of imagery relating […]

Comte Jean-Pierre de Launoit

Nous avons eu la profonde tristesse d’apprendre la disparition du Comte Jean-Pierre DE LAUNOIT, ancien Président de la Fondation Alliance Française, Président du Concours Reine Elisabeth, et très cher ami de l’Alliance Française de Cork, qui s’est éteint le mercredi 12 novembre, 2014. Nous avons été très honorés et émus de la présence de Jean-Pierre […]

Algerian Martyrs: Monuments and the Forgotten

Algerian Martyrs: Monuments and the Forgotten

A talk by Dr Patrick Crowley, French Department, UCC Venue: Alliance Française de Cork Date: Wednesday 12 November 2014 Time: 6.30pm 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Algeria War of Independence (1954-62). One of the bloodiest wars of decolonization in Africa, it remains the key site of memory in the construction of […]

50 Years of Ballymaloe

50 Years of Ballymaloe

A talk presented by Hazel Allen, Ballymaloe House Venue: Alliance Française de Cork Galerie Date: Wed 15th October 2014 Time: 6pm As part of our Debat d’Idées Alliance Française de Cork is delighted to welcome Hazel Allen, to take us on a petite promenade through the history of this remarkable institution- Country House, Restaurant, and Cookery School, […]


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Tuesday: 9.30 – 18.30
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