Momentum must be maintained for Limerick’s 2020 vision

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by Alan Jacques

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King-Johns-Castle-LimerickIF Limerick’s bid for European Capital of Culture in 2020 is to be successful, the local authority needs to maintain the momentum which has been created this year.

That’s the view of Sinn Fein party leader on Limerick City and County Council, Cllr Maurice Quinlivan who believes the City of Culture year, in terms of a renewed sense of confidence in the city, must not be underestimated.

“Future vision for arts and culture in the city needs to involve a forum with a wide representation of stakeholders from the artistic and general community.

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“We must not make the mistake of ignoring the experience gathered by own our staff who were seconded to the Year of Culture and we need to harness that energy, the positive experiences and learning they have achieved,” he said

Cllr Quinlivan insists that the focus must now be on the 2020 application.

“Other areas in Ireland have indicated their intention to have the 2020 in their area. Galway for instance have launched their bid already. We need to ensure that local people including those who delivered a hugely successful Year in 2014 are at the fore of making our bid for 2020.”

“Limerick proved itself this year with the City Of Culture – we can do this again in 2020 when Limerick will hopefully host the European Capital of Culture 2020,” he concluded.