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Dublin out of the running to become European Capital of Culture

Galway, Waterford and Limerick all continue forward in the selection process.

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DUBLIN HAS MISSED out on being shortlisted for European Capital of Culture 2020.

Each year the European Union designates one or more cities to take up the mantle.

In 2020 the role will be jointly held between cities in Ireland and Croatia.

Four areas were in the running, with Galway, Dublin, Limerick and the South East (represented by Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford) battling it out.

It has emerged this evening that Dublin has been eliminated while the other three contenders continue forward in the process.

The shortlist was announced earlier today at Dublin Castle.

The city that takes the title along with another contender from Croatia will receive a prize of €1.5 million.

Dublin and Cork have both previously been European Capital of Culture, in 1991 and 2005 respectively.

Speaking this evening, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys, said: “I would like to congratulate Galway, Limerick and the Waterford led bid on progressing to the next stage of the selection process, and indeed I wish all of the locations well as they complete their applications over the next six months or so.”

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