Join us for an insightful lecture by academic Dr Maria McHale of TU Dublin who will reveal the story behind 'Eithne' the romantic opera in the Irish language, which was based on an Irish folk story.
Among the collections at the Princess Grace Irish Library is a rare copy of Robert O’Dwyer’s Irish-language opera, Eithne (1910) - which will be on display. What is remarkable about the score is that it contains a large number of signatures dated 21 May 1910, among them Robert O’Dwyer’s along with an array of singers including Joseph O’Mara and Evelyn Duffy, capturing some of the excitement of that particular night which was the last of a week-long run of the opera at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin.
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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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.
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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St. Brigid’s Day is celebrated on February 1st in Ireland. The ancient Celtic festival of Imbolc, traditionally marks the beginning of spring and has evolved into a celebration of the achievements and creativity of women with a connection to Ireland. Princess Grace's legacy is representative of the vibrant voices of the women of Ireland.
Wednesday 24th January 2024 at 7pm
Join author and historian, Patrick O'Sullivan Greene, who will give a lecture entitled 'Revolution to Royalty - The making of an Irish-American Princess', weaving in the experiences of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Judge Daniel F. Cohalan and Jack Kelly (Olympic champion, self-made millionaire, politician and father of Princess Grace née Kelly).
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The Princess Grace Irish Library announces the theme for its 2024 cultural programme of events in the context of the 40th year celebration of the inauguration of the library in 1984 by Prince Rainier III.
We are delighted to announce the recipient of the spring 2024 bursary, generously supported by The Ireland Funds Monaco. Flor MacCarthy is a celebrated author, journalist and former RTÉ TV presenter who will spend the month of March as Writer-in-Residence.