Backing the bid: Loryn Gough, Kaytlin O'Connor Kelly and Seanna O'Connor Kelly turn out to see Scotty Knemeyer perform in the build-up to the 2020 judges’ visit Picture: Alan Place
THE waiting is over and now the fun begins. Limerick will discover its fate this week, and whether it will be European Capital of Culture in 2020.
The prized designation, jointly awarded to an Irish and Croation city in 2020 by the EU Commission, is worth an estimated €170m to the winning bid, of which there are two others competing against Limerick – Galway and the Three Sisters of Waterford, Wexford and Kilkenny.
A huge street party has been planned for today, Tuesday, to welcome members of the judging panel to Limerick. The four person team will be brought on a highly choreographed eight hour whistle stop tour of the city, including lunch in Plassey House in UL.
On Thursday, Limerick’s 2020 bid team will make its pitch in Dublin to the full ten person jury, with the winning bid to be announced at 12.45pm on Friday. Bid director Mike Fitzpatrick has said: “No matter whether Limerick wins or loses the European Capital of Culture 2020 bid, it has set out on a journey of adventure.”
"To everyone who contributed to the Limerick2020 bid, we want to express our gratitude for your contribution no matter how big or small.
“So thank you, from the bottom of our hearts for getting behind the bid,” he added, speaking to the public as well as those who have worked tirelessly on it.
See www.limerick2020.ie for a full breakdown of the day's events.