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PRINCESS GRACE
IRISH LIBRARY

CULTURAL CENTRE

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.

Our lectures

Future and past

  • DUBLIN AS A GLOBAL CITY 1600-2017

    DUBLIN AS A GLOBAL CITY 1600-2017

    Friday 16 February 2018

    In recent decades, national history has bifurcated, moving both down (micro-history) and up (Atlantic, global history).

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  • JAMES JOYCE, RATHGAR AND THREE LOST SONGS

    JAMES JOYCE, RATHGAR AND THREE LOST SONGS

    Thursday 23 November 2017

    The talk is about three songs all discovered by John S. Doyle

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  • JOYCE, PROUST AND PARIS

    JOYCE, PROUST AND PARIS

    Friday 13 October 2017

    Barry McCrea, Ireland Fund Monaco Writer-in-Residence at the Princess Grace Irish Library is a novelist and Keough Family Chair at the University of Notre Dame where he is a professor in the departments of English, Romance Languages, and Irish Language.

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