MONACO'S Prince Albert has revealed that an Irish university research post is to be set up to commemorate his late Hollywood actress mother Grace Kelly.
The royal visitor announced the fellowship at Trinity College Dublin yesterday, as he continued his three-day State visit with his fiancee Charlene Wittstock.
Both the research role and an international conference in Monaco later this year on Ireland during the First World War came about through a private donation, the prince said.
"I'm moved by this gesture of friendship, which only confirms the wonderful, friendly, long-lasting, historical links between Monaco and Ireland."
The trip marks the 50th anniversary of an official visit to Ireland in 1961 by Albert's late parents, Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace.
The princess, well known for her roles in 'Dial M For Murder' and 'High Society', was the Irish-American granddaughter of an emigrant from Newport, Mayo.
The Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco was opened by her husband in 1984 as a tribute to her roots.
The library, which holds the princess's private collection and thousands of other works of Irish literature and history, is organising the conference on October 21-22 along with Trinity College.
It will include historians and international specialists examining the Irish experience during the decade of the Great War.