Dublin named 4th Unesco City of Literature

Dublin has today been named the fourth world city of literature by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).

Lord Mayor Gerry Breen was among the first to hail the announcement: ‘‘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”.

The city now joins Edinburgh, Iowa City and Melbourne on the list of Unesco Cities of Literature.

A apokesperson from Dublin City Council sated that “the designation as City of Literature, part of the UNESCO Creative Cities network, provides a unique platform for Dublin’s literary community and enables the city to increase its market share as a destination for business and pleasure – and Ireland as a creative, exciting, and vibrant nation.

Dublin, UNESCO City of Literature has enormous potential for beneficial cultural and economic impacts not alone in the capital city, but in communities across the country. Fáilte Ireland has steadfastly supported the application from inception to achieving the designation, recognising the importance of Dublin and its literary heritage in promoting cultural tourism.”

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