The joint literary odyssey will begin with a lecture to be given by Daniel Mulhall, former Irish ambassador to the U.S.

Elegant Interior of Princess Grace Library
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Glucksman Ireland House at New York University and the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco Inaugural have joined in a new collaboration, kicking off the joint odyssey with a lecture to be given by Daniel Mulhall, former Glucksman global distinguished professor of Irish studies and Irish ambassador to the U.S.

Sharing the same vision to foster excellence in the study of Ireland and Irish America, The Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco and NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House have agreed that their collaboration will include an annual lecture alternative between Monaco and Glucksman’s home in Washington Square, and the creation of additional synergies over time.

Mulhall will speak at the Princess Grace Irish Library’s 2023 cultural forum May 10, a program dedicated to the theme “Irish-American influence on literature, music and culture.” The event celebrates the late Princess Grace’s Irish-American roots, her adopted home in the Principality of Monaco, and her love of literature.

Mulhall, the former ambassador of Ireland to the U.S.A. (20172022) who served as the Fall, 2022, Global Distinguished Professor of Irish Studies at Glucksman Ireland House, published Ulysses: A Readers' Odyssey in 2022, coinciding with the centenary of James Joyce’s masterpiece. Of the book, Ted Smyth, President of the Advisory Board of Glucksman Ireland House and a former diplomat, recently wrote, “Mulhall’s deployment of Joyce and Yeats around the world is a masterly example of exercising ‘soft power’ on behalf of Ireland. Ireland might not have a large security force, but it does have an army of fabulous writers, poets, musicians, and artists who, with our talented diplomats, enable Ireland to punch above its weight in the international arena.” Mulhall’s evening lecture in Monaco will be titled “Around the World with W.B. Yeats and James Joyce: a diplomatic odyssey.”

About the Princess Grace Irish Library:
The Princess Grace Library was inaugurated on 20th November 1984 by Prince Rainier III of Monaco as a tribute to his wife Princess Grace and the attachment she felt for her Irish origins. Her grandfather John Kelly was born in county Mayo in Ireland in 1847 and aged 20 years old, set sail for America. Among the collections is Princess Grace's personal collection of 500 Irish books and over 1,000 unique Irish-American music sheets (which span from 1840 to the mid-1900s), as well as photos and art works. The library is under the ægis of the Fondation Princesse Grace with President Princess of Hanover and H.S.H. Prince Albert II as Vice-President, respectively the daughter and son of the late Princess Grace (née Grace Kelly). People of Irish descent have emigrated and contributed to the United States for centuries – particularly from the 19th century due to the devastating effects of the famine in Ireland. Grace Kelly’s own grandfather John Kelly (1847 -1897) was born in 1847 in county Mayo and left his cottage on the shores of the Leg O’Mutton Lake and set sail aboard the ‘SS City of Boston’ to America. The Kelly’s became one of the most prominent families in Philadelphia and direct descendants still live in the area today. Please visit www. .

About Glucksman Ireland House:

NYU Founded in 1993,  Glucksman Ireland House is New York University’s center for the study of Ireland and the Irish diaspora. Renowned for dynamic programming and research initiatives, Glucksman Ireland House is the home of the Glucksman Irish Diaspora Series (NYU Press) and the Archives of Irish America. NYU undergraduates may pursue a minor in Irish Studies and graduate students may earn an MA in Irish and Irish-American Studies. The mission of Glucksman Ireland House NYU is to foster excellence in the study of Ireland, Irish America, and the Irish Diaspora in New York and the global communities.

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