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Princess Grace Irish Library
Under the aegis of Fondation Princesse Grace

Fáilte - Welcome Friends  


Bloomsday takes place June 16th every year worldwide - the Princess Grace Irish Library will celebrate in Monaco and link up with The James Joyce Martello Tower in Dublin

Save the dates!

  • Saturday 3rd June 2023 - 4pm (Ireland) -  'Yeats in Music' Recital in collaboration with the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival in County Waterford, Ireland. Details & tickets HERE.
  • Thursday 8th June 2023 - all day (Ireland) - The Irish-American Music Cultures Symposium in association with TU Dublin Conservatoire, inspired by the Princess Grace Irish-American Song Sheet Collection. Free event & open to all - registration HERE
  • Friday 16th June 2023 - 2pm (Monaco) - Bloomsday readings & music. Meeting point at the library, followed by the Prince's Palace & other locations. Free event - just turn up! Details HERE
  • Future events at the library will be from September but the library remains open in July. You can borrow books for the holidays!

Thank you for supporting our events and our partners!

'Yeats in Music' Recital - 3rd June, 4pm

Support opera talent in Ireland 

The Princess Grace Irish Library, Monaco is delighted to be associated with the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival (BVOF) and the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) for this unique cultural event, honouring Ireland’s literary history. Join us in Ireland for this collaborative event - a Yeats recital, a fusion of poetry and music, delivered by some of Ireland’s brightest and most outstanding young musicians from the RIAM. Hear selected texts of William Butler Yeats: poet, dramatist, writer - one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature and one of the founders of Dublin’s Abbey Theatre.

Saturday 3rd June, 2023 at 4pm - performance at St Carthage's Cathedral, in the historic town of Lismore, Co. Waterford - on the banks of the River Blackwater.

Recital tickets €25. For details & to buy tickets for all BVOF events click HERE

Symposium: Irish-American Music Cultures 

Thursday June 8th in Dublin

TU Dublin Conservatoire in association with the ITMA and the Princess Grace Irish Library will host the Irish-American Music Cultures Symposium at the TU Dublin Conservatoire.  

Inspired by the Princess Grace Irish-American Song Sheet Collection, this symposium seeks to explore the dynamic interaction of Irish-American music making. The symposium is convened by Dr Helen Lawlor (TU Dublin Conservatoire), who gave a lecture and harp performance in April at the Princess Grace Irish Library. The symposium is funded by an IRC New Foundations Award and supported by the ITMA, the SMI and TU Dublin.
  • The symposium is open to the public - free registration HERE
  • From 9am - 6.30pm - finishing with a concert until 7.15pm
  • Concerts will take place during breaks, by musicians including Dubh Linn, who performed at the Princess Grace Irish Library in April this year and traditional flute player Dr Fintan Vallely, an expert on the Princess Grace's music sheets, who catalogued the collection during a residency funded by The Ireland Funds Monaco

More details of the symposium HERE

Bloomsday in Monaco 

Friday 16th June - starts at 2pm at the library

Join us for a literary stroll around the Rock in Monaco to celebrate James Joyce's masterpiece 'Ulysses'.

Enjoy a fusion of dramatic readings and music, delivered by local talent - the accomplished actors from the Monaco-Ireland Arts Society.

This year we plan to link up with Dublin! From the library in Monaco we will zoom into a view from The James Joyce Museum at the Martello Tower in Sandycove as Director Alice Ryan welcomes us for a 5-minute peak where the first episode of Ulysses takes place HERE. Also planned is to say hello to Peter Caviston, renowned for his entertaining Bloomsday celebrations at the much-loved Cavistons Seafood Emporium, also in Sandycove. He always has surprise guests!

No reservations required - more details HERE


Borrow books, listen to Irish music, watch a film or just enjoy the calm here.

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