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90connect 2016 Awarded biannually The Ireland Fund of Monaco Residential Bursaries were established to enable writers born or living in Ireland to pursue a current project during a one-month residency at the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco. We are pleased to present this personal reection written by author Dr. Mary Pierse on her experi- ence in Monaco About the Author Dr. Mary Pierse has recently taught on the MA course in Womens Studies at University College Cork UCC where since 1999 she has also taught Victorian and n-de-sicle literature colonial literature seventeenthand eighteenth-century poetry. She has held Research Fellowships including an Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences Fellowship at UCC. She compiled and edited Irish Feminisms 1810-1930 Routledge Major Works Series 2010 a ve-volume facsimile set incorporating novels short stories poetry essays and news material most of which had been dicult for scholars to locate previously. She is author of the George Moore entry in The Ency- clopedia of Victorian Literature Wiley Blackwell 2015 and editor of George Moore Artistic Visions and Literary Worlds 2006. Her ongoing research interests relate to artistic synaesthesia and to Irish women writers. The Ireland Fund of Monaco Residential Bursaries AROUND THE WORLD MONACO and privilege it was thanks to The Ireland Fund of Monaco to be Academic-in-Res- idence at the Princess Grace Irish Library. That memorable residency month grant- ed me valuable weeks of literary research and as a glorious bonus it also provided cultural exchange history glamour some unforgettable weather and much fun. My previous and very wonderful 2014 experience at the library directing the George Moore Symposium and lecturing on Irish Feminisms had given me a glimpse of the splendid Moore collection there. Now I revelled in instant simultaneous access to numerous Moore textsthats not possible elsewhere today even in Irelands National Library. In peaceful surroundings I read and thought made copious notes argued with myself and critical commentators and realigned plans for my writing. The truly incomparable Judith Gantley anticipated all possible requests in connection with my research as well as assisting with material for the two classes I gave to students of Lyce Albert I and for the public lecture that I gave on Moore at the n-de-sicle period. She and Graldine Lance make the Princess Grace Irish Library a most hospitable and pleasant place for an academic. They pro- vided great tours of the librarys treasures on Journe du Patrimoine combining knowl- edge of valuable books and artefacts with Irish and local history. On that long busy day Sle Jackson joined them for one ses- sion-a trio of committed Sunday workers To my surprise I was not im- mersed in Moore studies 247. During the Annual Ireland Fund of Monaco Weekend Celebrations I had the unexpected pleasure ofdescribingmyprojecttoTheIrelandFund of Monaco donors and staff at the Yacht Club and on the following evening a kind invita- tion to the Funds glittering Gala at the Salle des toiles-Sporting dt. That latter event was one to remember a night when not even the dramatic hours of electrical storm outside could compete with the sparkle inside. It was a thoroughly enjoyable affair during which the Princess Grace Humanitarian Award was given to Adi Roche and Ali Hewson for their longstanding commitment to Chernobyl Children International.Therewasbrilliantentertain- ment by the Riverdance troupe and Imelda May amongst others. Congratulations and thanks must go to The Ireland Fund of Monaco President Olivia Gaynor-Long and the team for successful fundraising and for the nights gaiety. The third feature of my Monaco sojourn was encountering Monegasque his- tory and culture. Thanks to Judith Gantleys assistance I was able to visit the Muse du Vieux Monaco although it had just closed due to imminent commencement of a 2-year renovation programme and also to see the library and archives at the Palace. In both places the rich complex history and traditions of the Principality were apparent as was the strong commitment to preserv- ing diverse aspects of distinct identity. That latter dedication struck a chord with this native of another small country. The three aspects of my stayfruit- ful research article material successfully gathered social engagements and Mo- naco cultureinterconnected and fused. For that tremendous experience I am deeply grateful to The Ireland Fund of Monaco. What an honour Dr. Mary Pierse