Galway to be European Capital of Culture 2020

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"From a tourism perspective, the exposure from Galway holding the Capital of Culture title in 2020 will be good for the city and county - providing a further boost for the wider region and our popular Wild Atlantic Way brand".

Speaking to RTÉ Entertainment, Jane Daly, Programme Manager for Galway 2020, said her initial reaction was "Disbelief followed by 'I can not imagine what we would have done if we hadn't won!'" I am confident that Galway will give visitors from Europe and all over the world the opportunity to discover the city and its cultural assets but also to appreciate the diversity of cultures in our European Union as well as our shared values.

"There are 2,000 people on the streets of Galway watching live and they've all done so much - we were here representing them", she continued.

Early this week Fáilte Ireland also announced funding of $1.244 million (€1.125m) announced for key Wild Atlantic Way projects in Galway and Kerry.

Patricia Philbin, Project Manager Galway 2020 said "It is a huge honor and responsibility that we take very seriously".

The result is expected to be known between 12 noon and 12.30pm today, Friday and the victor will be announced at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

The successful bid had to show its programme would have a lasting impact and that it could be paid for.

Heather Humphreys, Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, praised the Irish bids.

She said: "Hosting the European Capital of Culture presents a unique and important opportunity to showcase a city, bringing with it an unprecedented focus at local, national and global level".

The selection panel of independent experts responsible for assessing the Irish cities competing to be European Capital of Culture in 2020 has recommended that Galway should be awarded the title.

THE LEGACY of the National City of Culture designation remains strong in Limerick film, as one of the film trilogy projects was recently screened at the Galway Film Fleadh.

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