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Podolski1.5

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Interesting story in today's Irish Examiner. Mick Murphy, an unsuccessful Green Party local election candidate in Cork City, wants to bring Prince Albert of Monaco to Ireland to play in a golfing tournament in memory of the prince's late mother, the one time Irish American actress Grace Kelly.

No doubt the Hello magazine readers will flock to coo and gush as the Grimaldi upstart tees off in the K Club but to those of us now being screwed for NAMA and the banks it only raises the question of what is the point of bringing an unelected "prince", who lives in a billionaire's tax haven, to this country?


Corkman to thank for Prince’s visit

By Eoin English

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

HE may have failed to win a seat in the local elections but a Corkman has pulled off a major diplomatic coup that could have huge spin-offs for Irish tourism.

Plans are being finalised for Prince Albert II of Monaco to visit Ireland for the first time later this year and play in a golf tournament in memory of his late mother, Princess Grace.

It is expected the high-profile event will result in a huge boost for the ailing Irish tourism sector because hundreds of super-rich yacht owning supporters follow the prince wherever he goes.

And one of Ireland’s sailing capitals is hoping to get on board. Kinsale Town Council will be asked next month to extend an official invitation to the prince to visit the town as part of his official visit.

And it’s all thanks to Mick Murphy, a Green Party activist based in Cork.

He wrote last year to K Club owner, Michael Smurfit, the Irish Consul to the Principality of Monaco, suggesting ways of forging stronger links between Ireland and Monaco.

He suggested that Dr Smurfit host a golf classic at the K Club in honour of Princess Grace, and at the same time mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Irish Library in Monaco.

Dr Smurfit then wrote to Monsieur Franck Biancheri of the principality’s Department of Foreign Affairs who wrote to Mr Murphy saying the Monaco Government was very interested in the project.

He told Mr Murphy to work with senior officials in Monaco’s Department of Tourism, and with Howard Kilroy, the Honorary Consul of Monaco in Ireland, to finalise the event.

Mr Murphy said he was delighted with the response. "This will have huge benefits for Irish tourism," he predicted.

Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956. The couple visited Ireland in 1961 during which the princess visited the birthplace of her grandfather John Kelly, who was born in 1857.

He emigrated to the US in the late 19th century and founded what was to become one of Philadelphia’s leading companies.

The Princess died in a car crash in 1982. Prince Ranier opened the Irish Library in Monaco in 1984 as a tribute to her love of Ireland. It houses her collection of Irish books, and Irish-American sheet music.

There are also books inscribed to the Prince and Princess by former president Eamon de Valera in 1961, as well as painting by Jack Yeats and Louis le Brocquy.



This story appeared in the printed version of the Irish Examiner Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Read more: Corkman to thank for Prince?s visit | Irish Examiner
 
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If Prince Albert has an Irish grandfather he is actually entitled to citizenship if he choses! Whats the harm in Prince Albert coming over, he's always made himself available to support charity work in this country, he's probabley done more for the poor of this country than many a minister who's ferried around the country in a state car
 

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That's funny. When I saw the headline I thought it was a British royal and I was set to object but when I saw it was Prince Albert I thought it was a grand idea.

It's hard to escape the old conditioning all the same.
 

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That's funny. When I saw the headline I thought it was a British royal and I was set to object but when I saw it was Prince Albert I thought it was a grand idea.

It's hard to escape the old conditioning all the same.
LMAO:p When i read the headline i tought the same....i was getting ready to jump in with...Rebel county me arse rant..LOL

I suppose...if it helps tourism...what the harm
 

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Interesting story in today's Irish Examiner. Mick Murphy, an unsuccessful Green Party local election candidate in Cork City, wants to bring Prince Albert of Monaco to Ireland to play in a golfing tournament in memory of the prince's late mother, the one time Irish American actress Grace Kelly.

No doubt the Hello magazine readers will flock to coo and gush as the Grimaldi upstart tees off in the K Club but to those of us now being screwed for NAMA and the banks it only raises the question of what is the point of bringing an unelected "prince", who lives in a billionaire's tax haven, to this country?
Fair dues to Mick Murphy.
Attracting potential international media attention at at time when the tourism industry is in the doldrums is always welcome.
Don't understand the OPs bitterness though.
Does he just hate rich people ?
 

Podolski1.5

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Doff the auld cap, bend the knee, tug the forelock - our superiors are here again to drag us out of the mire.
 

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Doff the auld cap, bend the knee, tug the forelock - our superiors are here again to drag us out of the mire.
Why the bitterness? The Prince has done nothing to us. He is a very well known international celebrity. Don't have much time for him myself but he seems harmless enough. No one is putting a gun to your head and demanding you grovel before him.
 

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Doff the auld cap, bend the knee, tug the forelock - our superiors are here again to drag us out of the mire.
The chips on both your shoulders keep you perfectly balanced.
This could bring in much needed tourists, quit the unnecessary knocking.
 

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From today's Cork News. thecorknews.ie | A newspaper by the people of Cork, for the people of Cork
Fair play to Mick Murphy, i wish him well....

Cork’s Mick Murphy finalises plans for royal visit

Plans are now being finalised for Prince Albert II of Monaco to visit Ireland later this year to mark the 25th anniversary of the Princess Grace Irish Library, Monaco founded in memory of his late mother, Princess Grace two years after her tragic death.
The visit, the brainchild of Cork Green Party Spokesperson on Community Development Mick Murphy, is also expected to include a Golf Classic at the K Club in Kildare.

Mr. Murphy told the Cork News, “Following my letter to the Irish Hon. Consul to Monaco and K Club owner Dr. Michael Smurfit seeking the use of the world famous club, and my letter to HSH Prince Albert seeking his backing for the event I am delighted with the positive response of both parties”.
The Director of Foreign Affairs of the Principality (Departement Des Relations Exterieures) wrote to me supporting the plan and asked that I work with the Monegasque Director of Tourism, Monsieur Michel Bouquier, and with the Monaco Consul in Ireland Mr. Howard Kilroy.

My meeting with Mr. Kilroy in Dublin advanced the project considerably as he brought on board one of the most experienced event management companies, HOB Management in Europe to work on the event.” He continued, following contacts I made with Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary, European Media Partners Europeanirish.com, and the Irish Hotels Federation and Tourism Ireland, I am delighted that all the above are supporting the project.
I presented Monsieur Bouquier with a book entitled Maritime Paintings of Cork 1700-2000”, as well as details of the oldest yacht club in the world, the Royal Cork Yacht Club to make a case for the Prince to visit the Cork region as part of his first official visit to Ireland.

I have just received an email from Dr. Michael Smurfit to say that he has spoken directly to the Prince regarding the visit.” Murphy is now working with Colonel Bruno Philipponnat, aide to the Prince on the organization of the event, which is expected to provide a welcome boost to tourism, attracting hundreds of yachting enthusiasts to Irish ports

In his letter to Mr. Smurfit, Murphy pointed out that despite strong Irish links and direct flights from Cork to Nice, Cote d’ Azur International Airport, which is only a 20 minute drive from Monaco, the principality remains untapped in terms of Irish tourism.

Opened in November 1984 by Prince I Rainier III of Monaco as his tribute to the attachment Princess Grace (1929-1982) felt for her Irish origins, the Princess Grace Irish Library is situated a short walk from the Palace on the Rock of Monaco.
It was during the 1961 State Visit to Ireland that the Prince and Princess of Monaco visited her ancestral home where the Princess’s grandfather John Kelly was born in 1857, a few years after the Famine. He emigrated to the United States in the late 19th century and founded what was to become one of Philadelphia’s leading companies.

Princess Grace’s personal collection of Irish books (most of which line the walls of her Palace office) and Irish-American sheet music form the very heart of the Library’s collections.

Many of the volumes are from the library of leading, Irish diplomat Count Gerald Edward O’Kelly de Gallach (1890-1968) which Princess Grace purchased in the 1970s. Books inscribed to the Prince and Princess by former Irish president Eamon De Valera in 1961 are also on view at the Library.
Since the Library’s inauguration, nine thousand books have been acquired or donated by benefactors and visitors – including works from the Irish literary revival (1892-1922), and an excellent selection of contemporary writings – many signed by the authors.
 

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Ronan Bagnall reports in tonight’s Evening Echo that Prince Albert of Monaco has confirmed that he is visiting Ireland next year (his first official visit to the country)

Local activist Mick Murphy who has been campaigning for such a visit is predicting a boost for tourism as Albert is going to attract increased media attention next year due to the fact he is getting married in 2011.

:cool:Well done Mr. Murphy; if only we had 166 people in the Dail that could see a ‘gift horse’ when it’s staring them in the face.

No online link to the evening echo, sorry.
 

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it only raises the question of what is the point of bringing an unelected "prince", who lives in a billionaire's tax haven, to this country?
..........wants to bring Prince Albert of Monaco to Ireland to play in a golfing tournament in memory of the prince's late mother, the one time Irish American actress Grace Kelly.
See it now? Some sort of a charity golfing do by the look of it. Myself I can't abide golf or Royalty but the auld ones loved Grace Kelly and so I suppose that's the connection.
 

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See it now? Some sort of a charity golfing do by the look of it. Myself I can't abide golf or Royalty but the auld ones loved Grace Kelly and so I suppose that's the connection.
Speaking as one that cannot bring myself to even watch golf on the TV I share your feelings, but as you say, Grace Kelly had (and properly still has) captured an Irish audience.

It will be great to have Ireland reported in the world media for something other than corruption or scandals for a change.
 

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A charity golf do? We're saved,congratters to Mr.Murphy and all who have 'worked' so hard to bring this about.They have wrought a miracle,no really.

John Kelly won a sculling prize at Henley all those years ago,but was excluded from the Royal Enclosure because he was not a gentleman.Now the wheel has turned full circle ,eh lads? His Monacan descendants get to ponce about in the land of his birth,with myriad yachties in attendance.Quick,someone tell Brian Cowen to stop the cuts!
 

DaveMc

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A charity golf do? We're saved,congratters to Mr.Murphy and all who have 'worked' so hard to bring this about.They have wrought a miracle,no really.

John Kelly won a sculling prize at Henley all those years ago,but was excluded from the Royal Enclosure because he was not a gentleman.Now the wheel has turned full circle ,eh lads? His Monacan descendants get to ponce about in the land of his birth,with myriad yachties in attendance.Quick,someone tell Brian Cowen to stop the cuts!
Like they say in Tesco; 'Every little helps'
It's just nice to read some news thats not going to cause us pain for once.
 

DaveMc

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A nice human interest story in the ‘Cork News’ yesterday regarding Albert’s parents visit to Cork 59 years ago. It’s about 20 pages in, but well worth a read when all we read about nowadays is doom and gloom.

thecorknews.ie - Volume 01 Issue 27
 

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This could be a dry run for inviting Betty over !
 

DaveMc

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Thanks to free phone calls from Vodafone on Patrick’s Day I got to speak at length to a friend of mine who lives 10 kilometres from Monaco (Eze, France).

Although Prince Albert is due in Ireland next month, my buddy has not seen or heard a single word of promotion of the visit by Tourism Ireland.
No wonder tourism in Ireland is in the doldrums; what are we paying these guys in Tourism Ireland for?
 

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:confused:I was hoping this visit was to promote tourism in Ireland, not for the real Prince and our ‘wanabe princes’ to have a right Royal knees up?

Monaco’s Prince Albert to visit Ireland next week · TheJournal

Maybe Lowry should be on the invite list?

http://rickslaw.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/complaint-with-exhibits.pdf

Just what was Mick Murphy thinking when he organised this visit?
Still the Peoples Republic of Cork hit the nail on the head!

Cork Overtakes Monaco - Articles - The Peoples Republic of Cork
 
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