Limerick's 2020 bid to go Nationwide on RTE this week

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Limerick's 2020 bid to go Nationwide on RTE this week

Painting the town: Patrick Street gets a spruce up as part of the 2020 bid

LIMERICK’S bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2020 will get the full programme treatment from RTE’s Nationwide this Wednesday night.

The full half hour programme, presented by Mary Kennedy and produced by Marian Malone, will highlight Limerick’s “rich cultural heritage”, with a specific focus on the bid.

Limerick will this week lodge its second ‘bid book’, outlining its proposed plans for the year of culture, ahead of a visit by the selection panel in July.

The decision will be announced on July 15, with Limerick to discover if it has been successful against fellow candidates Galway and the Three Sisters – Waterford, Wexford and Kilkenny – all of whom who have featured on Nationwide in recent weeks.

Segments for this Wednesday’s programme include an interview with playwright Mike Finn, an inside look at Troy Studios, a feature on Limerick School of Art and Design, an interview with 2020 bid director Mike Fitzpatrick, plus playwright Mary Coll, dancer Angie Smalis and businessman Ray O’Halloran.

“We tried to get a sense from a wide spectrum of people what culture means and why Limerick deserves the title in 2020,” said Ms Malone, whose husband Matt Kelly shot and edited footage for the Nationwide programme.

Meanwhile, the 2020 project started sprucing up shop facades on Patrick Street this week as part of its Paint the Town initiative ahead of the jury visit in July.