Aside from providing a whole range of French language courses, Cork’s Alliance Francaise plays a major role in the cultural life of the city, hosting and helping host poetry readings, a Film festival, theatre performances and it is also associated with the October Jazz Festival.
The premises, now in Mary Street, also has an art gallery and that was one of the reasons I visited today. It is a quite a decent space and some thirty paintings by Catherine Laisne—O’Rourke were efficiently and comfortably accommodated in the gallery space.
There are some still life and also depictions of beach life both in France (Normandy) and Ireland (Kerry). Must admit, I wasn't stirred or shaken by the exhibition but I did really like the two paintings entitled Beautiful Old Wooden Door.
For map and contact details see http://www.qype.co.uk/place/1185599-Alliance-Francaise-Cork