With restrictions on movements in France set to continue for the next few weeks we’re creating a list of links to official information platforms and online activities which we hope will prove helpful to you and your families during this time. The list will be updated regularly so please revisit to check for new additions.

Ireland: Dept of Foreign Affairs & Trade: Global Irish - Staying in touch

 

Ireland - community initiatives

 

France

Health information 


Language & Culture - free online activities

 

Irish organisations 

Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris Look for the hashtag  #EtSiOnPrenaitLeTemps to see suggestions from the Centre Culturel Irlandais on their social media platforms: films, concerts, interviews


 

Irish language

Virtual visits & tours

  • Virtual museum tours - visits to twelve of the most famous museums in the world, including the Musée d’Orsay, the Guggenheim in NYC and the Uffizi in Florence

  • Take a virtual tour of Áras an Uachtaráin

  • 10 Irish museums to visit virtually Chester Beatty, National Museum of Ireland, Long Room Trinity College, Reading Room National Library of Ireland, National Gallery of Ireland, National Museum of Ireland (Archeology), Medieval Museum - Treasures of Medieval Waterford, Georgian house Museum, EPIC Irish Emigration Museum, Titanic Experience Cobh

  • Take a virtual tour of the EPIC Emigration Museum in Dublin See some of EPIC’s favourite stories of the Irish diaspora during this virtual tour of the museum - available in 2D and 3D model format, or as a VR tour if you have a VR headset.  

  • Support the Tourism Ireland team in France on social media by liking and sharing their posts containing the hashtag #jevoyagedepuismoncanape You may even get some ideas for your next trip (And if you have French friends who are interested in visiting Ireland then share this link with them to give them a taste of all the good things about home. https://www.ireland.com/fr-fr/articles/campaign/stay-at-home/)

  • Expo Pompéi Chez Vous The Pompeii exhibition was due to open in the Grand Palais on the 25th March - you can now see a preview - videos, VR tour, a copy of the catalogue, audio guide, children’s activities, teaching materials and the France 5 documentary on Pompeii - all online!

  • Visit the National Gallery of Ireland Explore the National Gallery’s collections during this virtual visit

 

Read, Write, Watch

  • We are Irish Read good-news stories about Irish people and places at home and abroad

  • Enter the RTÉ Short Story Competition in honour of Francis MacManus.  Could your short story be a contender for one of Ireland's longest established and most significant literary prizes? 

  • Irish Film Institute Player Over 1200 hours of Irish feature films, newsreels, entertainment programmes, documentaries and animation from the Irish Film Institute’s vaults, including a trip down memory lane with the Irish Adverts Project. 

  • Free Films for the Confinement Described as “One of Ireland’s most sought-after portrait photographers” by The Irish Independent, Conor Horgan is an Irish portrait and travel photographer based in Paris and Dublin. He has also won many awards as a director and screenwriter and a selection of his films is available to view online during this period of confinement including his most recent documentary, The Beholder, featuring three of Ireland's most notable portrait painters: James Hanley, Mick O'Dea and Brian Maguire. 

  • Art History with Le Grand Palais  Learn about  famous works of art in the section “De l’histoire de l’art et des anecdotes historiques pour s’enrichir” 

  • Dear Ireland Watch out for the Abbey Theatre’s online project, “Dear Ireland”, to be broadcast during the month of April. The company has invited 50 writers in Ireland to write monologues which will be performed by 50 Irish actors

  • The Playboy of the Western World  Watch the Druid Theatre Company’s 2005 award-winning production online

  • Relive great GAA moments! Watch classic hurling and football matches from the 1970’s to the present day on the GAA Youtube channel. 

 

Music

 

Podcasts

  • The Irish Passport Podcast An excellent mix of current affairs, history and culture by Naomi O’Leary and Tim McInerney

  • Un podcast, une oeuvre The Pompidou Centre’s series of podcasts with discussions on some of  the most famous exhibits in the museum. 

 

Quiz

 

Physical activity, Well-Being

 

Fun for Kids: Create

 

Fun for Kids: Read, Listen

  • Q&A with John Boyne The author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is hosting free 1 hour chats at 11 am Tues & Thurs morning Irish time, where kids can ask questions about books. No video permitted, just typed questions. Join via the link between 11 and 12h00GMT

  • Storytelling with David Walliams - free audio stories until mid-April

 

Fun for Kids: Write, Draw

  • #wewilldraw - a daily art challenge on Twitter from Corkman Will Sliney, artist for Marvel's Star Wars and Spider-Man

  • Museum of Childhood Ireland:  Get your kids to be part of the Worldwide Writing/Art Project 2020 organised by the Museum of Childhood Ireland. A selection of works submitted will appear in Irish and international  exhibitions in 2021. (Please ensure that you read the guidelines regarding subject matter and parental consent).

  • MOLI Bright Sparks Creative Bursts Workshops Bright Sparks Creative Bursts is a series of art and story workshops organised by the Museum of Literature Ireland in association with Irish writers and illustrators, providing opportunities for families to play and create together. Here, children’s writer Sarah Webb shares some of her fun games with words - warm up writing exercises, Creative Burst Challenges (age 9 but parents can help younger family members) and Extra Challenges for older children (age 11+)

  • The 42 She Can! Colouring Book Time for some #girlpower! Download the She Can Colouring Book, produced by The42.ie in association with award winning illustrator Chris Judge. Kids can find out all about some of Ireland’s top female sports women while colouring - fun facts for Katie Taylor, Arsenal footballer Louise Quinn, Irish rugby captain Ciara Griffin, and many more.

 

Fun for Kids: Physical Activity, Well-Being

  • Family Friendly Rugby Games by the IRFU

  • Start a journal Positive memories, rainbow moments, kindness challenges...just some of the exercises in Fiona Forman's newly-published "Well-Being Journal for Kids", promoting positive thinking and well-being in young people during challenging times.

 

Fun for Kids: Watch

  • Irish Heritage Park Wexford Short video clips with fun facts about Ireland 10,000 years ago (including how to build your own dolmen) with your virtual guide Jack, who’s just a little bit crazy...the kids will love him!

  • Watch the animals at Dublin Zoo A chance to see penguins having lunch (14.30 GMT) as well as animals from the African plains (giraffes, rhinos, ostrich and zebras and Dublin Zoo’s Asian elephants- grandmothers, mothers and calves -  elephant sightings are usually possible at 10.30 and 12.30 GMT. (Please note that there is a high level of traffic on this site at the moment but Dublin Zoo is working to increase the capacity). 

 

Fun for Kids: Irish language

Fun for Kids: Cooking

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