Dublin has been designated as a UNESCO City of Literature, one of only four in the world. The rare accolade recognises Dublin’s cultural profile and its international standing as a city of literary excellence. The announcement was made at Dublin’s Grand Canal Theatre this morning.
Among the writers, playwrights and poets present were Thomas Kinsella, Theo Dorgan, Pat Boran and Enda Wyley, along with Mary Hanafin TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport and Gerry Breen, Lord Mayor of Dublin.
I am absolutely delighted about this achievement – which confirms what Dubliners have known for years – this is a city that has always produced – and continues to produce – great writers.- Gerry Breen
The UNESCO application was led by Dublin City Council’s library service with partners from literary-related organisations, including Poetry Ireland, as well as culture, arts, tourism, government, media and educational institutions across the city and country.
For more details visit dublincityofliterature.ie