Princess Grace Irish Library
Under the aegis of Fondation Princesse Grace
9 rue Princesse Marie-de-Lorraine
Monaco-Ville - MC 98000 Principality of Monaco
Phone : +377 93 50 12 25
The Princess Grace Irish Library is closed for the final phase of the renovation works. Re-opening on Monday 20 April.
The Princess Grace Irish Library — under the ægis of Fondation Princesse Grace — was inaugurated on 20 November 1984 by Prince Rainier III of Monaco (1923-2005) as his tribute to the attachment Princess Grace (19291982), his wife, felt for her Irish origins. A short walk from the Palace on the Rock of Monaco, the Library is situated in the former hôtel particulier of Comte Félix Gastaldi (1821-1906), Mayor of Monaco for 39 years, and his descendants.
It was during the 1961 State Visit to Ireland that Their Serene Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Monaco visited the two-roomed cottage — overlooking the Leg of Mutton lake at Drimurla in County Mayo — where Princess Grace's grandfather John Kelly was born in 1847 during the Great Famine. He emigrated to the United States and founded what was to become one of Philadelphia's leading construction companies.
Future and past
Monday 20 July 2015
THE HISTORY OF IRISH BOOK ILLUMINATION OF THE GOLDEN AGE
Tuesday 21 April 2015
A Talk and Readings from Home from England by JAMES RYAN
Wednesday 18 February 2015
From Royal to Ecclesiastical to Visitor Attraction
Friday 16 January 2015
Patrick discussed the genetic history of Irish clans, suggesting that some surnames link back to men alive in 300-400 AD.
Tribute to Seamus Heaney
Born : 13 April 1939, County Derry, Northern Ireland
Died : 30 August 2013, Dublin, Ireland.