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Minister Heather Humphreys holds the Cyclops helmet made by Denis Connolly (right) at the Creative Ireland launch

Minister Heather Humphreys holds the Cyclops helmet made by Denis Connolly (right) at the Creative Ireland launch

Minister Heather Humphreys holds the Cyclops helmet made by Denis Connolly (right) at the Creative Ireland launch

Oscar Wilde's grandson Merlin Holland read from the writer's work at an Irish cultural event in Paris.

Irish literary and musical talents in the spotlight last night included actor Conor Lovett reading from Samuel Beckett and a recital by acclaimed jazz musician Barry Donohoe.

The event marked the French launch of the Government's 'Creative Ireland Programme', a five-year initiative to foster artistic creativity.

Arts Minister Heather Humphreys and Irish ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason attended the event in the Centre Culturel Irlandais.

"Ireland and France share so much in terms of our cultural values and the importance we place on the role of the artist in society," said Ms Humphreys. "Creative Ireland sends a very important message internationally."

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