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13th March 2024 (sold out!) another date to be confirmed

About the author

The Princess Grace Irish Library is delighted that Flor MacCarthy is the recipient of The Ireland Funds Monaco Bursary for spring 2024. 

Flor MacCarthy is a journalist and author whose non-fiction bestseller, The Presidents’ Letters (New Island Books) was shortlisted for Best Irish-Published Book 2021. She is a presenter of current affairs programmes on Ireland’s parliament television channel (Oireachtas TV), and is a former senior news journalist and anchor with Ireland’s national broadcaster, RTÉ. Flor graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in French and Art History, which led unexpectedly to her career in journalism. 

Flor contributes to a variety of radio and TV programmes and has conducted in-person public interviews with numerous figures from the worlds of politics and the arts, including: Nobel-prize winning poet Seamus Heaney, Lord David Puttnam, award-winning author Joseph O’Connor, The Irish Times award-winning journalist Lara Marlowe, Prof. Richard Kearney and more. From West Cork, she lives in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin, with her husband and their two children.

Theme of the talk: The Princess and the Presidents

March 13th SOLD OUT! Second date to be announced shortly!

Did you know that the first ever State Visit to Ireland was by HSH Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco in 1961? Or that President Éamon de Valera sent a gift of an Irish pony ‘Babbling Brook’ to Princess Caroline when she was four years old?

Join us for an illustrated talk on the relationship between the Prince's Family and successive Irish presidents as seen through their correspondence. 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 take a quick look at each of the nine Presidents of Ireland since the creation of the Irish Free State in 1922. You will discover how the book project came about and how she gained access to the letters.

Each letter tells a story!

A selection of other highlights from the book will be reviewed:
● Letters between  President de Valera, JFK and his widow Jacqueline Kennedy
● De Valera’s message flown to the Moon (in the pocket of Buzz Aldrin’s spacesuit) aboard the Apollo 11 space mission, 1969
● The envelope on which President Mary McAleese scribbled a phonetic message in Irish which was used by HRH Queen Elizabeth II as the opening words of her historic speech in Dublin Castle, May 2011.

Online ticket sales available in early 2024

Three ways to reserve for the talk:

  • Buy a ticket online - ticket sales coming early 2024!
  • Email: info@pgil.mc
  • Tel: + 377 93 50 12 25

Event details:

  • Admission is €10 per person - students €5
  • No cards please - pay at the door cash or cheque made out to 'Fondation Princesse Grace'
  • The talk starts at 19:00 – please arrive at least 10 minutes before to enjoy the library and be seated
  • We close the doors at 19:00 to avoid disturbing the speaker!

All ticket sales support the cultural & educational activities of the non-profit Library.

Directions to the library HERE

Library address: 9 rue Princesse Marie-de-Lorraine, Monaco-Ville

We are on the first floor of the building - climb the stairs or take the elevator. Note: the doors close at 7pm sharp in order not to disturb the speaker!

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