Limerick 2020 let us build on the foundation.
Picture by Cian Reinhardt/ilovelimerick.
Limerick lost its bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2020, with Galway being announced as the winner last Friday inDublin.
The prized European designation, awarded by the EU Commission and worth an estimated €170m to the winner, is to be held jointly in Galway and the city of Rijeka in Croatia in2020. At an announcement in the National Concert Hall in Dublin this Friday, chair of Panel Steve
At an announcement in the National Concert Hall in Dublin this Friday, chair of Panel Steve Green, declared that Galway had won the bid to hold the Capital of Culture designation. It followed extensive site visits by members of the ten-person judging panel to Galway on Monday, Limerick on Tuesday and the ThreeSisters bid of Waterford, Wexford and Kilkenny on Wednesday. A large delegation from Limerick travelled to Dublin for the announcement. Reacting immediately after Galway was unveiled, Limerick 2020 bid director Mike
A large delegation from Limerick travelled to Dublin for the announcement. Reacting immediately after Galway was unveiled, Limerick 2020 bid director Mike Fitzpatrick congratulated the winning city and said the team behind its bid saying, “I suppose we have to figure out a way that doesn’t dissipate, that we don’t lose that. I think Limerick’s cultural awakening happened in 2014, nothing is going to change that.” The CEO of Limerick Chamber, Dr. James Ring, has said that Limerick is still a winner from the bid process despite Galway being chosen.
He said, “The 18-month campaign ensured that the cultural candle has continued to burn bright post our 2014 designation as national capital of culture and come 2020 it will be burning even brighter. We have a proud city and we are as proud today as we have ever been.”
For the announcement, a large crowd attended an event at Limerick’s Strand Hotel. On the top floor looking over our beautiful city, the crowd watched on as the announcement was delivered over a live stream from the National Concert Hall. Although we have not won our bid for the European Capital of Culture 2020, it has offered us a platform to build on and has brought us closer together as a community than every before. Limerick 2020 let us build on this loss!
Pictures by Cian Reinhardt/ilovelimerick