The Imperial Hotel, Cork, is marking the 60th anniversary of the high-profile visit to Ireland of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco with a special package and an
exhibition recalling the excitement and glamour of the royal couple's visit to Cork city
The royal family drew thousands of people onto the streets of Dublin and Cork during their visit to Ireland in the summer of 1961 to explore Grace Kelly's Irish ancestry.
They visited president Éamon de Valera, dined with the Taoiseach Sean Lemass and his wife Kathleen, and visited her father’s ancestral home in Mayo, Croagh Patrick and the National Stud in Kildare.
Crowds lined Cork’s South Mall to catch a glimpse of the family as they arrived to stay at the Imperial on June 24, 1961, with their children, a young Princess Caroline and Prince Albert, towards the end of the visit.
The Imperial has now created a unique Princess Grace-inspired city break deal to mark the visit by the US-born Oscar-winning actress, whose grandfather, John Peter Kelly, emigrated from Mayo to Philadelphia in 1887.