WIT welcome for Three Sisters listing

By David tucker

Published 24/11/2015 | 00:00

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) joined many other bodies across the south east in welcoming the shortlisting of the Waterford-led 'Three Sisters 2020' bid for European Capital of Culture designation.

WIT President Prof Willie Donnelly congratulated the bid team on presenting a compelling case to the adjudicators and paid tribute to the collaborative nature of the bid which links Counties Waterford, Kilkenny and Wexford.

'This is a new model for a European Capital of Culture in that it unites three local authorities, each making a very strong political and financial commitment to work together for the betterment of the region,' he said, 'the slogan, "better together", which is at the heart of the bid is given tangible expression in the commitments of the local authorities and all the other partners, including WIT, to work in unison for the benefit of the quality of life of citizens. The particular challenges facing our region require innovative responses, and the collaborative nature of this bid is certainly one of them."

He added that the bid is 'due recognition of the innovative and creative character of the south east, not only of the region's rich cultural heritage and the extraordinary wealth of cultural activity across the three counties, but also of the creativity of the region's population which has led to the creation of new enterprises and innovations in technology and business as well as the arts.'

Prof Donnelly suggested that if the south east is to transform itself into a region of innovation a strong and vibrant cultural sector will be required to continue to attract creative people into the region, as well as retain those already here.

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