Situated inside a grand old edifice encircling a courtyard on the aptly named Rue des Irlandais, the Centre culturel irlandais boasts a colourful history inextricably tied to that of the country it represents. Founded as an academy back in the 16th century, the institute initially served as a kind of safe house for Catholics fleeing the religious purges in Ireland. It hasn't lost its scholastic vibe – it still offers a library and boarding rooms for visiting Irish students – but its remit has since widened to include cultural events of all stripes.
And they're pulling out the stops for Saint Patrick's Day this year (which falls on Friday March 17) with an events programme running March 14-19 2017. Whether you're after traditional Irish folk music, soda bread and stew or a pint of Guinness with fellow Emerald Isle expats, the Centre has something for everyone. Check out all the events below.
What is it? A screening of the Irish film 'Patrick's Day,' a provocative and heart-breaking love story about the right to intimacy for everyone
Where? Les Trois Luxembourg, 67 rue Monsieur-le-Prince, 6th
When? Tuesday March 14 2017 at 7pm
How much? €8.50 (€7.50 students, unemployed and seniors) with tickets available on the dooir
Saint Patrick's Family Fun Day
What? Starting with Irish stew and drinks at midday, the family fun day includes trad music, comedy and acrobatics and face painting.
Where? All activities will be held in the courtyard of the Centre Culturel Irlandais, 5 rue des Irlandais, 5th.
When? Sunday 19 March 2017 from midday-4pm
How much? Free for all ages
What? A concert of innovative trad music from Notify; Pádraig Rynne (concertina, electronic sound designer), Cillian King (guitars, vocals), Eoin Walsh (electric bass), Davie Ryan (drums), Cormac McCarthy (piano, keyboards)
When? Sunday March 19 2017 at 7.30pm
Where? Centre Culturel Irlandais, 5 rue des Irlandais, 5th
How much? €15 (€12 for students and unemployed) - advance booking advised