Dublin Designated as UNESCO World City of Literature

Dublin was today designated as 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".

The sought after accolade was bestowed by the Director General of UNESCO
and recognises Dublin’s cultural profile and its international standing as a city of
literary excellence.

It is hoped that the accolade will boost cusltural tourism and provide organisations working in the arts and culture sector with new interantional opportunities.

Detailed application was made to UNESCO last November by a steering
and management group led by Dublin City Council’s library service and was
subject to a rigorous vetting procedure. 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 other Cities of Literature are Edinburgh, Melbourne and Iowa City.