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The Princess Grace Irish Library is closed for the final phase of the renovation works. Re-opening on Wednesday 22 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.

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Tribute to Seamus Heaney

Tribute to Seamus Heaney

Born : 13 April 1939, County Derry, Northern Ireland
Died : 30 August 2013, Dublin, Ireland.

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