Celebrations in Monaco
Since 1999, special Saint Patrick's Day events have taken place in various venues across the Principality: The Cathedral, Chapelle de la Visitation, Théâtre des Variétés, and Cinéma du Sporting.
The Monegasque public has enjoyed performances by Les Petits Chanteurs and La Maîtrise de Monaco (Boys' Choir and Cathedral Choir), students from the Académie de Musique et de Théâtre Prince Rainier III (performing music and songs from Princess Grace's personal collection of Irish-American sheet music held in the Library), dancers from the Académie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace, the Pallas Quartet (Cork School of Music) and Tom Cullivan. In 2000, children from Rostrevor in Northern Ireland performed the Gaelic opera An Iarlais at the Théâtre Princesse Grace.
Some of the events extended beyond Saint Patrick's Day: An Irish Film Retrospective delighted cinema buffs in 2001. There have been three one-month exhibitions featuring black and white literary portraits by Irish photographer John Minihan (www.johnminihan.com), oil paintings by Ulster artist Jack Murray (www.jackmurrayart.com) and watercolours by Mary Collins from Dun Laoghaire (www.bluewavearts.ie).