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 - business and community initiatives




  • NetworkIrlande Our friends in NetworkIrlande have compiled an excellent list of resources (podcasts, blogs, webinars) to advise and guide members of the Franco-Irish business community throughout the COVID-19 crisis. 

  • Ambassador Patricia O'Brien discusses the French authorities’ response to the Covid-19 crisis on both health and economic fronts and the impact on trade between Ireland and France at the Irish Export Association’s  Irish Embassies in France and Germany webinar, held on the 9th April 2020


Support, Advice, Counselling


  • In this together Advice and tips from the Irish government on how you can look after your mental wellbeing and cope with your new daily routine - mental health, coping at home, healthy eating, staying active, helping in the community, cocooning

  • HSE: Minding your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

  • CovidÉcoute is a free counselling service (FR) providing mental health advice for anyone who has been affected psychologically by the Covid-19 crisis. The service proposes 45-minute teleconsultations with a team of volunteer psychologists, psychiatrists and addiction specialists, in addition to other resources available to alleviate personal stress during the Covid19 crisis. Please visit the website to reserve an appointment.  

  • Carol McCloskey, an Irish counsellor and accredited (association française de psychothérapie approche centrée sur la personne)  working and living in the south of France has offered to support medical workers affected by the current covid19 pandemic with free online counselling. Please contact Carol McCloskey directly on 06 01 82 53 72 

  • Counselling in France  Several volunteers are offering free counselling services to members of the general public, see links above for details

  • Adrian McGinn  is an Executive & Corporate Coach & Mentor, Leadership Development, & Customer Care Facilitator. During this difficult period he has kindly offered the Irish in France community the possibility to have informal one on one online conversations with him free of charge based on a coaching approach. See here for Adrian's LinkedIn profile. https://www.linkedin.com/in/adrianmcginn/ To contact Adrian, please send him an email to mcginnadrian@yahoo.fr

  • Irish Chaplaincy Paris. 5 rue des Irlandais 75005 Paris. Msgr Hugh Connolly is available to speak with members of the Irish community in need of support at this time. Telephone 01 58 52 10 89

  • St Joseph's Church, Mission Anglophone, 50 avenue Hoche, 75008 Paris [Catholic].  Please contact Fr Aidan Troy CP or Fr Patrick Fitzgerald CP, telephone 01 42 27 28 56

  • American Cathedral, 23 avenue George V, 75008 Paris [Episcopalian Church]  Tel 01 53 23 84 00 Please contact Rev Lucinda Laird

  • St Michael’s Church Paris  5 rue d’Aguesseau, 75008 Paris [Anglican Church] Tel 01 47 42 70 88  Please contact the Chaplain, Jonathan Clark

  • Cancer Support France is a network of non-profit associations that support English speaking people in France affected by cancer. During the Coronavirus emergency, they are supporting any English speaker in France who feels isolated or vulnerable.

  • SOS Helpline Telephone 01 46 21 46 46 from 17h00-21h00 during the COVID-19 crisis. The SOS Helpline service offers emotional support to those who are going through a difficult time, you do not have to cope alone.

  • Domestic Violence Help Paris A free support group run by professionals working on a volunteer basis, contact by email directly at: dvwomensgroupparis@gmail.com

  • Arrêtons les violences Advice on how to seek help, or signal an alert, for physical, psychological or sexual abuse

  • Alcoholics Anonymous Paris Weekly meetings in Paris and suburbs, details of meetings in regions via the Useful AA Links section

  • Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group: The period of confinement may be particularly difficult for those caring for loved ones affected by Alzheimers. Telephone 06 15 25 18 13

  • No Panic France:  Helpline with trained helpliners offering support for sufferers of anxiety, phobias, panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder. Telephone 02 51 28 80 25 

  • "18 Practical Tips For Parents To Support The Psychological Well-Being Of Children During The COVID-19 Crisis” by Vincent McDarby, member of the Psychological Society of Ireland.

  • Tous Mobilisés A platform created to support parents of children with disabilities during the Covid-19 crisis - including advice and counselling by telephone, periods of respite care, volunteers to do shopping, childcare for healthcare workers who have children with disabilities



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

  • #ICYMI Some excellent recommendations from our Irish Times Correspondent in Paris!  Lara Marlowe’s guide to free culture online 

  • Google Arts & Culture over 2000 leading museums and archives have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to share some of the world's treasures and cultural traditions.

  • Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising - see one of the largest displays of artefacts from the period of the Easter Rising in this stunning virtual tour created by the National Museum of Ireland


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.

  • Cirque du Soleil Amazing performances from the Cirque du Soleil with new shows uploaded every Friday. 

  • Stay At Home Library Watch some of the best Irish programmes, drama, documentaries, sport, music and poetry, curated by EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum with selections from the RTE Player, the RTE Archive, TG4, GAA Now and Youtube  



  • The Sofa Singers A free and weekly online singing event

  • Online concert with Inni-K  (Facebook, Thursday 19th March)

  • Online concert with Liam O’Maonlai (Facebook, Thursday 9th April)

  • Couch Choir Take part in the next Couch Choir online sing-along, their last performance of HEROES by David Bowie featured over 6000 singers from 45 countries!

  • Royal Opera House - watch six productions online between now and the 1st May (check the website for performance dates)

  • Other Voices The acclaimed music festival which has gathered musicians and artists from all over the world together in Dingle for the last fifteen years presents ‘Courage’, a new project that delivers uplifting, inspiring performances from artists to the public during the COVID-19 crisis. Organised in association with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Intel and RTÉ, performances will take place on Tuesday and Thursday nights from the 23rd April and will be made available worldwide, free of charge. Each performance will live-stream on Other Voices’ Facebook and YouTube channels, and on rte.ie/culture



  • 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.

  • An Irishman Abroad Now in its 7th year An Irishman Abroad presented by Jarlath Regan is a series of weekly podcasts interviewing Irish people and people of Irish descent about their lives and gaining insights into the experiences of Irish people abroad. Of special interest at the moment - the Coronapod episodes.   




Physical activity, Well-Being

Fun for Kids: Create

  • The Irish in France St Patrick’s Day Resource Pack Fun for kids, big and small!

  • Create a Family Tree Download the template and get your children started on your family’s history

  • Make a Time Capsule Get your kids to document this historic time using these printouts from Canadian company Long Creations  

  • Kids activities at Le Grand Palais Create cartoons strips and mini-films, there are also colouring pages, memory games, quizzes, and puzzles 

  • GAA Activity Packs: Create your own team jersey, cut out and make your own GAA team, Croke Park colouring - just some of the activities available in the first two issues of the GAA activity pack for kids! (This will be updated each week during the confinement).

  • Farmers Guardian Kids Hub  children can  learn about farming and the agricultural industry through fun activities - colouring, videos (includes cute lambs), recipes and learning resources (3-5 years, 5-11 years, 11-16 years)

  • Airbus: Aviation & Space Crafts for kids Discovery Space contains cool, fun aviation and space mission activities for kids. Download the amazing toolkits with videos, aviation crafts, space art ideas, games, design challenges and quizzes!

  • OrchestraLab Created by the Orchestre de chambre de Paris,  the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France et  the Opéra de Rouen, OrchestraLab is a musical platform designed for children aged 7-11. Fun video games in the company of  Zik, a visiting alien who wants to learn about something called “classical music”!


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 from a children’s favourite author.


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.

  • ImagineNation An Post and Children's Books Ireland have joined forces to create ImagineNation - a 24-page booklet full of great activities for kids!

  • #DrawWithDon Don Conroy, Ireland’s favourite kid’s artist from the days of The Den is back to teach your kids how to draw in this series of videos.

  • National Gallery of Ireland Children’s Programme  Create a Monet-inspired drawing, explore nature, make your own camera obscura - just some of the fantastic activities to be found in the National Gallery of Ireland Children’s Programme.


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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