Tag Archives: Ireland

Princess Charlène’s Irish Ancestry

  July 31, 2014 at 6:49 am by

Princess Charlène of Monaco’s Irish ancestry was revealed yesterday. The Princess accompanied by her husband, Prince Albert II, was presented with a Certificate of Irish Heritage by the Irish Ambassador to France yesterday at a reception at the Princes Palace of Monaco. The certificate is official recognition by the Irish Government for people with Irish ancestry. The Princess’s Fagan ancestors were a very successful family in the city of Dublin in the 16th-17th centuries. Of … Continue reading

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Royal of the Month: Brian Boru

  April 27, 2014 at 1:02 am by

For April’s Royal of the Month, I have chosen Ireland’s most famous High King – or in Irish, Ard Rí – Brian Boru, who was slain 1,000 years ago on April 23rd, 1014. The exact date of Brian’s birth has been debated over the centuries, but its believed he was born c.941 in Kincora, Killaloe County Clare. His father, Cennétig mac Lorcáin, was the King of Munster and his mother, Bé Binn, was … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth Hosts Historic Irish State Visit

  April 9, 2014 at 5:27 am by

The President of the Republic of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, is currently on a state visit to the United Kingdom, upon the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II. It is the first official visit by an Irish head of state to the United Kingdom. Having arrived into the country on Monday, the President and his wife Sabina were collected by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall from the … Continue reading

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Historic State Visit to the UK from the Republic of Ireland

  November 18, 2013 at 9:39 am by

It was announced earlier this morning that the President of Ireland and his wife will embark on a three-day historic state visit to the United Kingdom next year. Áras an Uachtaráin (the House of the President) issued a statement to announce that President Higgins has accepted the invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to visit the country. This will be the first ever state visit by an Irish Head of State … Continue reading

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The Marriage of Aoife and Strongbow

  August 29, 2013 at 6:00 am by

August 29th marks a long forgotten royal anniversary and possibly the blog’s first entry on an Irish Royal. The Princess in question was Aoife (Eva) MacMurrough {Aoife of Leinster}, daughter of Dermot MacMurrough, King of Leinster, and Queen Mór O’Toole. Aoife was born around 1145, her father had been the King of Leinster since the death of his older brother in 1126. Leinster was one of the largest of the … Continue reading

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The Duke of Kent in Dublin

  May 2, 2013 at 8:37 am by

May 1st, 2013 The Duke of Kent was in Dublin, Ireland yesterday. The first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit to the Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin where he laid wreaths at both the memorials to the Irish war dead of both wars and those who died during the 1916 Easter Rising. The 77-year-old Duke is the first royal to pay an official visit to the cemetery since Princess … Continue reading

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Monegasque State Visit to Ireland

  April 6, 2011 at 12:25 am by

This week in Dublin, the red carpet was rolled out and the guard of honour stood at Present Arms, or marched at Right Shoulder Arms, for the three-day visit of His Serene Highness the Sovereign Prince of Monaco, Albert II. The Prince was accompanied by his bride-to-be, South African Charlene Wittstock. The couple were greeted by President Mary and Mr. McAleese and the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Gerry Breen. Some … Continue reading

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Prince Albert in India and China

  October 11, 2010 at 12:07 am by

In the past week, Prince Albert II of Monaco visited both India and China. On Sunday, the 3rd of October, the Sovereign joined Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, for the opening ceremony of the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games. Well-known for his love of sports, Prince Albert is, many-times-over, an Olympic athlete and, besides this, he is a member of the International Olympic Committee. He is also President … Continue reading

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Luxembourg State Visit from President McAleese

  October 17, 2009 at 4:24 am by

Upon the invitation of HRH The Grand Duke, President Mary McAleese of the Republic of Ireland paid a state visit to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg this past Wednesday and Thursday. The President was welcomed by Grand Duke Henri and HRH Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume as she and husband Doctor Martin McAleese arrived in Luxembourg, before the delegation headed to the city for the official welcoming ceremony and a viewing … Continue reading

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