Nora CALLANANPresident of Alliance Française de Cork and Cork French Film Festival Director
Nora CALLANAN holds a diploma in Public Relations. In 1993 she was awarded Chevalier des Palmes Académiques, by the French Government for initiating a Theatre in Education Programme (TIE) for second-level schools in France as part of curricular studies (theatre companies such as UCC Dramat, Corcadorca, Graffiti participated). In 2007, she was awarded Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite (2007) by the French Government for her work and achievements in fostering Franco-Irish bonds in the Cultural and Educational field. Nora is the Irish Delegate for the Institut Robert Schuman pour l’Europe.


Emily NOBLEAdministrator and Course Coordinator
Emily NOBLE joined the Alliance Française in January 2016 as administrator and course coordinator, overseeing the programming of all AF courses. She completed her BA in Political Science and History in UCD, after which she worked in California, London, Dublin, and France in administrative, managerial, and customer facing roles, before moving to Cork to pursue post-graduate studies in French, which she completed in December 2015.
Vytenė LAUČYTĖMarketing Manager and Cork French Film Festival Manager
Vytenė LAUČYTĖ plans and oversees AFCork marketing activities and manages Cork French Film Festival. She has a postgraduate diploma in Digital Marketing from Digital Marketing Institute, Dublin, BA degree in Philology from University of Vilnius, Lithuania, and is a CELTA and DELTA qualified EFL teacher as well as community translator/interpreter. She also runs her own travel blog
Marina ORACOLOCultural Coordinator and Cork French Film Festival Coordinator
Marina ORACOLO completed a Master’s Degree in Culture Management from University of Nantes, France, and has a Degree in French and English Languages from University of Padua, Italy. She worked in marketing and PR in an independent cinema company, and has experience in festival programming, social media management and cultural event organisation. In May 2015 Marina joined AFCork team.


Matthieu NIVARD
Matthieu NIVARD Leaving Cert & Junior Cert Coordinator
Matthieu NIVARD graduated from Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux III with two Masters Degrees in linguistic and in French as a Foreign Language. After teaching in Bordeaux and Denmark, Matthieu joined AFCork in 2007 as a tutor, teaching second level (also coordinating yearlong Junior Cert programme), adults all levels, in – house training and French teacher training. Matthieu also works with Cork French Film Festival introducing films, interpreting and helping with Education Packs.
Born and educated in Bordeaux, Marie José taught French in London, Madrid and Bilbao at the Berlitz school, then worked as a temporary secondary-school teacher in Cork. She is the second most senior teacher of the Alliance Française de Cork, having joined the team in 1988. As a certified examiner of DELF & DALF, she enjoys teaching adults from beginners to higher advanced as well as secondary-level students.
A Sorbonne graduate, Sophie has taught French at primary level for over 18 years, and established the first French children’s library in Ireland in 2004. She has been running Enfants Francophones de Cork since 1998, an association promoting French language and culture for French-speaking children. Sophie has experience teaching at secondary and third level and is a fervent believer in languages for breaking barriers of communication and cultural stereotypes.
Léonie TAURON was born in Nantes but grew up in Paris and has also studied a year in Spain. She has a French Masters Degree in History and an M.A in French and Francophone Cultural Studies from UCC. For the past 10 years, Leonie has gained experience in tutoring and teaching French as a Foreign Language both in Ireland and France. Leonie joined the AFCork team in September 2015.

Originally from Strasbourg, Léa TARRIDE joined the Alliance Française de Cork in February 2016. She holds a Master 1 in French literature (University of Strasbourg) and a Master 2 in French as a Foreign Language (University of Nantes). After working as a teacher in France and in Italy, she taught French in the Alliance Française in Porto for two years.
Anne HYLAND is by far the “most senior member” of Alliance Française de Cork teaching staff and has witnessed a formidable development of this famous institution since she joined in 1985. She holds a BA in English language & litterature from the university of Amiens and a Higher Diploma in Education from UCC. She has taught French from primary to secondary and university level and adults at all levels.


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