Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St Patrick's Day!

No member of the Irish diaspora is more famous in Monaco that Princess Grace. Her grandfather, John Henry Kelly, was an Irishman from Newport, County Mayo, Ireland and who came to the United States in 1869 (his wife also came from Ireland to the U.S. in 1867). Princess Grace was quite proud of her Irish heritage, a legacy of which is the Princess Grace Irish Library and she was much beloved in Ireland as is seen by the ecstatic welcome shown when the Princely Family visited Ireland. She passed this on to her son who took the name of his grandfather when he showed up for a cameo in the film "One Man's Hero" about the Irish San Patricio Battalion that fought for Mexico against the United States in the U.S.-Mexican War. Last year there had been a visit by Prince Albert planned for Ireland but it fell through, however, word has been going around that another trip is being discussed. Anyway, a happy St Patrick's Day to all the Irish around the world from Mad for Monaco!


  1. Hi, I am an usual reader of this blog. I would like to tell you that the font you use is very small. It is difficult to read so small letters. I think you should use a larger font, or a different one.
    Thank you!

  2. It's the standard size, same I have always used and no one else has ever had a problem with it. I can see it fine and I'm about as close to totally blind someone can get.

  3. I'm pretty sure that in some web browsers, at least, probably in most, there is a way to increase the font size as it is displayed, whatever it may be on the original page.

    I don't have any trouble reading this, though.

  4. Didn't Princess Grace purchase the ancestral Kelly home in County Mayo in Ireland? I remember a picture of Lizanne Kelly many years ago posing in its ruins.

    If they inherited the property, I wish Grace's children would at least have it repaired and make it a historic monument or tourist attraction. After all, those are their roots!

    Be safe in the streets tonight. Happy St. Patrick's Day.


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