Dublin was designated a UNESCO City of Literature, one of only four in the world. Formal notification was received by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Gerry Breen, who said, ”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".
Frank Magee, Chief Executive of Dublin Tourism said of the designation, "Dublin has a strong international reputation as a literary destination. It truly is a city of writers. We are thrilled that Dublin has been officially recognized as a City of Literature and we will use this designation to promote Dublin as a top destination for literary enthusiasts around the world. The designation builds on the City of Living Culture theme, used to promote Dublin internationally. The proud home to four Nobel literature prize-winners, we continually look for opportunities to promote our city as a must-do for prospective visitors".
A detailed application was made to UNESCO last November by a steering and management group led by Dublin City Council’s library service and including Dublin Tourism. The bid was subject to a rigorous vetting procedure. Other partners in the submission included representatives from literary-related organisations as well as culture, arts, tourism, government, media and educational institutions across the city and country.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.
Source = Tourism Ireland