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Newsletter March 2021

Dear Members,

We have a packed newsletter this month testament to a very full agenda during February and an amazing line up of events to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day in March.

In this newsletter you can read about our webinar with European Commissioner Mairead McGuinness, our speed-networking morning and the online meet-up for the Ireland vs France 6 nations rugby match.  We have also compiled a varied and extensive list of Saint Patrick's Day events for members and friends of the Franco-Irish community - all wonderful occasions to connect during these restrictive times and celebrate Ireland's patron saint.

We would particularly like to highlight the charitable initiative spearheaded by the Embassy of Ireland in France in collaboration with the Secours Populaire and should any of our Pioneer or Business members like to become involved on a corporate level please do not hesitate to contact us. A special shout-out also to one of our newest business members Le Projet Néolithique 2.0 who are collaborating with La Femme sans Tete to present a great selection of artisan Irish beer to Parisians for Saint Patrick's Day at their temporary Pop-Up shop next week. Read on for all details on these initiatives and many more.

Wishing you all a very Happy Saint Patrick's Day on March 17th,

Your NetworkIrlande Team

Recent Events


On February 8th NetworkIrlande were honored and delighted to welcome European Commissioner Mairead McGuinness on the occassion of the Embassy of Ireland's Saint Brigid's Day celebrations. Listen back to the webinar to gain the Commissioner's unique insights on topics ranging from her current remit at the Commission, in particular EU taxonomy and the area of sustainable finance, multiple facets of Brexit, Ireland at the European Union and her own journey to where she stands today as a powerful role model for all women. Access the recording on our website here.


The 4th edition of NetworkIrlande's speed-networking event #BoostYourNetwork took place on February 11th. Our annual speed-networking event moved online this year for a 100% virtual experience. We used the latest in online digital event software to organise 139 one-on-one meetings in the space of 90 minutes - an intense but highly efficient way to connect the business community. Many thanks to all Pioneer, Business and Individual members who attended and also all non-members who participated and added to the diversity and richness of the event for all.



NetworkIrlande joined with Ireland in France to follow the Ireland vs France 6 nations rugby match on February 14th. It was a close call at 13 - 15 but France outplayed Ireland on the day! Many thanks to Ambassador O'Brien for joining in the pre-match messages and also Nicky Comyn, outgoing president of the IRFU, who entertained us with some anecdotes. It was an enormous treat to have Emile Ntamack with us to share his experiences and thoughts pre-match and answer our questions. We already look forward to the next FR vs IRE where we can hopefully enjoy the match live at the stadium!


Upcoming Events

Saint Patrick's Day 2021

Get out your agendas - its going to be a busy time ahead! Please find below an extensive list of events and activities to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day 2021....


Live Now

At a time when we cannot gather to celebrate through our St Patrick's Day Parade and festivals, the Embassy of Ireland and the Irish in France Association are asking the Irish community and our French friends, the Irish at heart, to demonstrate our tradition of "meitheal" which translates as a mix of cooperation, solidarity and fraternity, by volunteering or making a donation to the Secours populaire. All details can be found here.

March 17th, 7pm

This year the Embassy will be hosting a special, virtual St. Patrick's Day reception on the 17th of March. Please register your details here to receive an invitation to the on-line event.


March 17th, 10.30am :

"Innovative Sustainability Solutions from Ireland" : a webinar showcasing how Ireland contributes to a greener, more sustainable world. Register here.

Hear from Ireland's sustainability experts to understand how they are supporting green construction, agriculture and using digital platforms to reduce climate impact. See how these solutions could support or be integrated into your own sustainability objectives. Discover more on:

  • Ireland's Climate Action Plan
  • Sustainable Construction with the Irish Green Building Council
  • Growing crops sustainably with MagGrow
  • Digital Ways to a Cleaner World with AMCS

Opening Address from An Tanaiste, Leo Varadkar TD - "Ireland – Ready for a Green Future".


March 17th, 8pm :

Tourism Ireland will be hosting a virtual, interactive show broadcast directly from three famous Irish pubs featuring entertainment from Riverdance, The Shamrock Tenors, Celtic Drummers and many more along with lessons on the Irish language, pouring pints and lots of surprises. Join via Facbook or  You Tube . 

Global Greenings :

Now in its 12th year, the Global Greening is a joint initiative between Tourism Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs, which aims to light up significant buildings around the world in green to celebrate Ireland's national day.  There are almost 500 Greenings throughout the world confirmed to date – 40 of which are in France!  Below is the Chateau de Coudreceau in the Loiret, new to the list this year. Follow Tourism Ireland to keep updated on all the sites going green this year.

Green Candle initiative

There is an age-old tradition in Ireland of lighting a candle on a window, as a way of guiding strangers in the night. At a time when Irish people overseas cannot travel home, you are invited to shine a light  by placing a green candle on a window as beacon of solidarity and hope.  This initiative will be led in France by Ambassador Patricia O'Brien and everyone is invited to participate by lighting a green candle – and if you cannot find one, tie a green ribbon around a candle you have. 


March 14th, 7pm :

Not to be detered by the current restrictions, the Irish in France who normally organise a fantastic St Patrick's Day parade, will be bringing the St Patrick's Day festivities directly to your homes!

The Irish in France community will host a virtual celebration on Sunday, March 14th at 7pm CET for an evening of fun, music and chat along with some very special Irish guests from the world of music, television, stage, dance and film. The one and only, Ryan Tubridy will lead the line-up and will be joined by the wonderfully talented musicians Lisa Lambe,  Fiachna Ó Braonáin and Mundy, actress Mary Murray,  comedian and actor Ardal O'Hanlon, the Cairde dancers and many more. You can check out the line-up on the Irish in France – YouTube channel as it continues to grow. Details to join on Sunday 14th here.


March 13th to March 21st :

One of our newest business members, Le Projet Néolithique 2.0 is collaborating with the Franco-Irish brasserie, La Femme Sans Tête to bring a great selection of Irish artisan beer to Paris for this Saint Patrick's Day. Visit their Pop-Up shop at 19 rue des Trois-Bornes 75011 Paris (Metro Oberkampf) between the 13th and the 21st of March to choose from a wide variety of beers from both the Brehon brewhouse in County Monaghan and the Brasserie de la Femme sans Tête on the Ile Saint Louis.


March 17th :

The Princesse Grace Irish Library in Monaco was set up by Prince Rainier to honour the memory and Irish Heritage of Princesse Grace. This beautiful spot in old Monaco houses the Princesse's extensive collection of books and Irish-American sheet music together with thousands of contemporary Irish books and an extensive collection from the Irish literary revival. 
The library has the mission to share the heritage of Éire (Ireland) and its literary legacy. To foster a love of the country, its culture, people, history and present day. To instill in young people a love of reading by discovering the Irish authors and illustrators on our shelves.
Even in these Covid times visitors are welcome by appointment (+ 377 93 50 12 25) and a small event, which will later be shared online, is being organised to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day. You will enjoy traditional Irish music by the pupils of the l'Académie Rainier III and a reading of Frank O'Connor's short story "The Majesty of the Law" by actors from the Monaco-Ireland Arts Society.


MARCH 17th, 8.30pm :

Colin Dunne performs with Meskach

A l'occasion de cette Saint-Patrick 2021 placée sous le signe du virtuel, le CCI est ravi de vous présenter cette commande spéciale : une performance inédite de l'artiste Colin Dunne, danseur et chorégraphe de renommée internationale, dont le travail a été interprété à Londres, Paris, Singapour et New York notamment. Actuellement en résidence au CCI, Colin dansera à notre invitation sur des airs irlandais et européens joués en direct par Meskach, quatuor traditionnel basé en Bretagne. Cet événement filmé en nos murs s'inscrit dans la programmation de SEODA, festival coordonné par Culture Ireland qui mettra en lumière du 17 au 21 mars pas moins de 100 joyaux de la culture irlandaise.

Photo: © Maurice Gunning

Welcome To Our New Members


Le Projet Néolithique 2.0 is a young French company owned and founded by a Monaghan man. They import Irish hand-crafted beer on tall ships. For the Paris and Sarthe regions, they can then deliver to your doorstep on a cargo bike. Their objective is to provide a good quality product at a reasonable price while at the same time showing a concrete example of what can be done in terms of sustainable entrepreneurship.
The award-winning Brehon Brewhouse beers are brewed on a family dairy farm in south Monaghan. Loaded onto tall ships, they then take to the waves for 3 to 4 days before arriving on the French coast. Sailing enthusiasts, epicurians, locavores, people wanting to support a sustainable approach or simply beer lovers should all find their fancy with a wide selection of beers.

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Hanna Moore + Curley are a leading firm of European patent, trade mark, and design attorneys based in Dublin who work with European and International companies to obtain strong Intellectual Property protection for their innovations and brands in Europe and around the world. Their team is international in both background and perspective with native French, Italian, Greek, and Chinese speakers. Their attorneys draw upon years of practical experience and deep industry knowledge to offer reasoned, pragmatic solutions. They work together with their clients, whether multi-nationals or start-ups, on all aspects of Intellectual Property from helping to identify IP assets and developing a suitable IP strategy through to obtaining strong IP protection, treating Intellectual Property as a core business asset.

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