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Discover county Mayo! with Neal Doherty at the library 21st February 2024

Enjoy an evening of storytelling and a multimedia, virtual tour of county Mayo, in the west of Ireland with anecdotes by Neal Doherty, author and tourist guide. Discover the history, the heritage, the ancestral home of the Kelly family and many French links to the county, as well as the sculpture in Newport unveiled by H.S.H. Prince Albert II in 2023, near the birthplace of Princess Grace's paternal grandfather John Henry Kelly. Hear about the pirate Queen, Grace O’Malley, and the impact that Mayo had on world history, the influence of St Patrick and the victories of General Humbert when he arrived with French troops in 1798. 

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A talk by author Flor MacCarthy
A talk by author Flor MacCarthy

Second date to be announced shortly!

An illustrated talk on the relationship between the Prince's Family and successive Irish presidents as seen through their correspondence by Flor MacCarthy, The Ireland Funds Monaco Writer-in-Residence. Based on her bestselling book The Presidents’ Letters: An Unexpected History of Ireland, journalist and author Flor MacCarthy, presents highlights which show the warm friendship between Ireland and Monaco which continues to this day.

Flor will reveal other highlights from her book, including letters between President de Valera, JFK and his widow Jacqueline Kennedy;  and the envelope on which President McAleese scribbled a phonetic message in Irish, which was used by HRH Queen Elizabeth II as the opening words of her historic speech in Ireland in 2011.

A traditional Irish music performance
A traditional Irish music performance

Zoë Conway & John Mc Intyre - award-winning, traditional Irish musicians will perform a mix of traditional and contemporary music and song on fiddle, guitar and vocals. Much of their repertoire has been composed by themselves and has links to the landscape of the Cooley mountains where we come from, and some pieces are inspired by artists like Seamus Heaney.

“Simply one of the best folk duos on the planet” (BBC)

"Folk Instrumentalist of the Year 2020" RTE Radio 1 Folk Awards (Zoë)


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