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Newport celebrates royal links with Grace Kelly Film Festival

By Frances Toner

Will the real Grace Kelly please stand up

Grace Kelly is surely one of the most iconic Hollywood stars of the 1950s. Her beauty and elegance were breathtaking. The fact that her grandfather was a bricklayer from Newport in Mayo just adds to the legend. In September (14 to 16), Newport will be hosting the inaugural Grace Kelly Film Festival to honour her life and glittering career. So how does a town with no cinema host a film festival? That is simple – by bringing in a mobile 100-seater cinema and transforming the local school into a venue fit to honour the Hollywood star and real-life princess.

History repeating itself in royal visit to Newport for a number of reasons

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Not for the first time the small village of Newport became a hive of activity because of a visit from the royal family of Monaco. On Wednesday, following in the footsteps of his late mother and father, Prince Albert of Monaco visited the ancestral home of his late mother, Princess Grace, in the west of the county.

Galway composer performs new music for Prince Albert II of Monaco

Tom Cullivan, one of Ireland’s finest classical composers, and a long-term resident of Furbo, recently premièred his piano piece ‘Fáilte Uí Cheallaigh’ for Prince Albert II of Monaco.

 

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