The Newport Business Association has had its application for LEADER funding for the commissioning of two bronze statues for Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco and Clew Bay Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley (Gráinne Mhaol) approved.
Renowned sculptor Mark Rode will start on the commissioning of the Grace Kelly statue in the coming days and it is expected to take in the region of up to 12 months for completion and installation.
Commencement on the Grace O’Malley statue will take place at a later date.
This project will be of immense benefit to the town, it will drive extra revenue in the form of tourism footfall and will pave the way for future investment in business in Newport.
The Association’s Facebook page states:
“We would like to thank our project officer Sue O’Toole along with the staff in South West Mayo Development Company and Mayo LAG for their help in getting the funding across the line.
Our sincere thanks to Councillors Brendan Mulroy, Peter Flynn and John O’Malley for their GMA allocation and to Padraig Philbin head of tourism in Mayo County Council for his allocation.
A special word of thanks to all those who have donated to this project to date ,we are continuing our fundraising efforts and we would really appreciate your help in raising these funds.
The Western People published a nostalgic article in last Christmas’ edition of The Western Star on Princess Grace’s visit to Newport in 1961. You can read here.