Support for Three Sisters initiative

Published 20/10/2015 | 00:00

A presentation was made by Michael Quinn of the Three Sisters 2020 group who said winning the bid would be a transformative event for the region.

Mr Quinn said being the host area for the 2020 Capital of Culture would put the region on the map culturally like never before, bringing a quality, depth and sustainability to our cultural future in the South East.

'It would stimulate investment in infrastructure, tourism and facilities and it would give us an added advantage in terms of attracting inward investment,' Mr Quinn said.

He said the Three Sisters committee began public engagement work in April.

'We have been back and forth across the region and we attended most of the festivals over the summer. We've undertaken an extensive PR and media campaign.'

Mr Quinn said a 'bid book' has been submitted to adjudicators with a design concept reflecting the three rivers of the South East, while capturing the energy and enthusiasm the region has put into the process.

'The main theme is around small and relatively rural areas that have come together as partnerships to enhance the community and the region.'

Opera, comedy, language, hurling, dance, food and theatre, all formed part of the bid.

Mr Quinn said it was very important that the Three Sisters representatives could convince the committee of the political and business backing in the region to the plan.

He said an interview with the selection panel is due to take place on November 13, while the final bid is next summer.

Cllr George Lawlor said: 'The commitment given has been excellent.'

He said Wexford town should host the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil.

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