Galway is thrilled to have been shortlisted as one of the candidates in Ireland’s bid to host the European Capital of Culture 2020. The Galway 2020 team were selected along with competing candidates Limerick and Three Sisters from the South East. This decision was announced following Galway’s presentation of their Bid Book to the European Capital of Culture judging panel at Dublin Castle on Thursday 12 November.
The Galway 2020 team gave a 30 minute presentation to the expert judging panel, outlining their plans to showcase Galway’s uniqueness through the broad range and diversity of projects. The culture and passion that lies at the heart of Galway is based on the power and determination of the citizens of Galway city and county and this has clearly been reflected in Galway’s success. No stranger to holding large gatherings and events, Galway is renowned for its artistic vision and thrives on being a cultural hub that is always growing and progressing.
Ten of the Galway 2020 team members made their successful presentation, led by Project Manager of the Galway 2020 team Patricia Philbin. Also present were Brendan McGrath, Chief Executive of Galway City Council, Marilyn Reddan, Programme Co-ordinator, Nollaig McGuinness, Outreach, Niall O’Hara, Communications and Public Consultation, Tracy Geraghty, EU Dimension, writers Trish Forde and Luke Morgan, Producer and Large Scale Event Manager, Padraig Boran and Director of Galway City Museum, Eithne Verling.
This highly motivated team successfully highlighted the culture and uniqueness of Galway, focusing on all aspects of the lives of Galwegians, including artistic and creative, the environment, science, innovation, health and wellbeing, technology, food and agriculture, and sports sectors in Galway in their bid to secure Galway the title of European Capital of Culture. The team outlined Galway’s planned development of the projects outlined in the Bid Book and its capacity to deliver events throughout the city and county, while reassuring the panel of political and financial support needed to win this title.
Galway 2020 are so proud of the passion, commitment and determination that has been ignited in the citizens of Galway city and county in the bid to win the title for Galway.
Project Manager Patricia Philbin spoke of Galway’s delight, “We are so thrilled and thankful to have been shortlisted as finalists. This truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Galway and we wish to thank each and every person who has united and engaged with Galway’s bid. We are overwhelmed with the passion and determination of the people of Galway city and county, and we thank each and every citizen in their support of Galway’s bid. We are so grateful to each and every one of you, from team members, volunteers, members of the council, outreach programmes to each and every member of the community of Galway city and county. Everyone has poured their heart and soul into this bid and the passion and determination of each and every citizen of Galway has allowed us to bring Galway’s vision of culture that we are renowned for, to life. Galway’s success and progression to the next stage of events would not have been possible without the passionate fight that the people of Galway city and county have displayed over the past year. We thank everyone who has supported Galway 2020’s bid to date, and we are so excited to begin the next phase.”
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