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Sunday 21 September 2014

Princess Charlene of Monaco's Irish ancestry revealed

Published 30/07/2014 | 14:02

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29/07/2014, Monaco – Tourism Ireland has unveiled previously unknown Irish family connections of H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco. Research commissioned by Tourism Ireland and carried out by genealogy researchers Eneclann has revealed that Princess Charlene’s ancestors can be traced back to the 1520s and a prominent Dublin family called the Fagans. Yesterday (29 July), Princess Charlene was presented with a Certificate of Irish Heritage by HE Rory Montgomery, Irish Ambassador to France, in the Prince’s Palace in Monaco, with her husband, Prince Albert, also in attendance. 
PIC SHOWS: Princess Charlene was presented with a Certificate of Irish Heritage by HE Rory Montgomery, Irish Ambassador to France, in the Prince’s Palace in Monaco, with her husband, Prince Albert, also in attendance. Pictured (l-r) are Albert II Prince of Monaco; Princess Charlene; Finola O’Mahony, Tourism Ireland; HE Rory Montgomery, Irish Ambassador to France; and Fiona Fitzsimons, Eneclann.
Pic – Gaetan LUCI, Palais Princier (no repro fee)
Further press info – Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland 087-685 9027
Monaco – Princess Charlene was presented with a Certificate of Irish Heritage by HE Rory Montgomery, Irish Ambassador to France.
Princess Charlene of Monaco waits to greet guests prior to a dinner with the German President on July 9, 2012 at Bellevue Palace in Berlin.     AFP PHOTO / ADAM BERRY        (Photo credit should read ADAM BERRY/AFP/GettyImages)
Princess Charlene of Monaco
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - NOVEMBER 19:  Princess Charlene of Monaco attends the National Day Parade as part of Monaco National Day Celebrations at Monaco Palace on November 19, 2013 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Princess Charlene of Monaco attends the National Day Parade as part of Monaco National Day Celebrations at Monaco Palace on November 19, 2013 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.

New research has traced Princess Charlene of Monaco's ancestors back to the 1520s and a prominent Dublin family called the Fagans.

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The research, carried out by genealogy researchers Eneclann for Tourism Ireland, shows that Princess Charlene descends from one of the most successful gentlemen-merchant families in Dublin in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The Fagans made a number of enduring contributions to the development of Dublin.

In 1592, Richard and Christopher Fagan, the Princess’s great (x12) grandfathers, were key figures in the foundation of Trinity College; and in the 1660s, Christopher Fagan, the Princess’s great (x9) grandfather, sold the manor of Phoenix to the Duke of Ormond to create a royal deer park – which we know today as the Phoenix Park.

Yesterday, Princess Charlene was presented with a Certificate of Irish Heritage by HE Rory Montgomery, Irish Ambassador to France, in the Prince’s Palace in Monaco, with her husband, Prince Albert, also in attendance.

The Certificate of Irish Heritage is an official recognition by the Irish Government of those who are proud of their Irish ancestry and heritage.

Other celebrities to have received a Certificate in recent years include Tom Cruise, comedian Jimmy Carr, former US President Bill Clinton and actor Daniel Day Lewis.

While the Irish connections of Prince Albert, and his mother Princess Grace, are well documented, this latest research reveals previously unknown connections.

At the end of the 17th century, the Fagan family moved to Killarney, where they continued to prosper in international commerce, trading with the East Indies and colonial America; they had homes in both Kerry and Cork. The last of the Princess’s direct ancestors born in Ireland was her great (x4) grandfather, Christopher Sullivan Fagan, who was baptised in St Mary’s, Shandon, in Cork in 1781.

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