A literary odyssey kicks off a collaboration between Glucksman Ireland House (NYU) and the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco with an inaugural lecture by Daniel Mulhall, former Ambassador of Ireland to the USA.

Sharing the same vision to foster excellence in the study of Ireland and Irish America, The Princess Grace Irish Library (PGIL) and Glucksman Ireland House at New York University are delighted to announce a new collaborative venture.

The initiative starts off as the library in Monaco hosts its 2023 cultural programme with the theme “Irish-American influence on literature, music and culture,” and the two institutions plan to host an annual lecture alternating between the two locations. Going forward, they plan to create synergies between their respective programmes.

The inaugural event is a celebration of Princess Grace’s Irish-American roots, her adopted home in the Principality of Monaco, and her love of literature.

Daniel Mulhall, the former Ambassador of Ireland to the USA (2017-2022) and Global Distinguished Professor of Irish Studies at Glucksman Ireland House for fall 2022, will give a lecture in Monaco at the Princess Grace Irish Library on May 10.

Recently retired from diplomatic service, Daniel Mulhall published Ulysses: A Readers’ Odyssey in 2022, coinciding with the centenary of James Joyce’s masterpiece.

Ted Smyth, President of the Advisory Board of Glucksman Ireland House and former diplomat writes about Mulhall’s Ulysses: A Reader’s Odyssey: “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 cleverly decodes all 18 episodes of James Joyce’s famous book while also providing personal and funny insights. Irish Americans and lovers of Ireland will enjoy this book because it brilliantly illustrates the timeless qualities and charms of Ireland that are on show in James Joyce’s novel.”

Daniel Mulhall