Princess Grace Irish Library

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Princess Grace Irish Library

The Princess Grace Irish Library is a library situated in Monaco named after Princess Grace, the wife and consort of Prince Rainier III. Among its collections of Irish literature, the library hosts the personal collection of Irish books and music that belonged to Grace, whose paternal relatives came from County Mayo, Ireland. The library was established in November 1984 by Prince Rainier, in memory of his wife.

The Library was founded by Princess Grace's husband, Prince Rainier II, and novelist Anthony Burgess in honor of Grace's Irish heritage. The collection originally contained the princess's personal library of Irish literature and Irish-American sheet music. Since its founding, it has acquired over twelve thousand books, including literature from the Irish Literary Revival as well as classic volumes. The Library also contains multiple portraits and pictures of Princess Grace, by artists Mohamed Drisi, Jack Yeats, Louis le Brocquy, Jack Murray and Claire D鈥橝rcy, respectively. The collection has a selection for young readers, offering books and DVDs for age two and upwards.

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