The Three Sisters bid for European Capital of Culture 2020 strengthens the partnership in the region


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The Three Sisters region (Waterford, Wexford  and Kilkenny) formed an historic partnership in a bid to win the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) 2020. It is the first time in the 31 year history of the European Union’s cultural competition that three counties have united together as equal partners to bid for the title. The unique partnership offers enormous potential through the implementation of a Regional Cultural Strategy, which the three councils unanimously adopted in May this year.


The European selection panel today awarded the ECoC 2020 title to Galway 2020, and despite this disappointing news, the Three Sisters Region is looking forward to a new and exciting future. The Regional Cultural Strategy aims to deliver culture-led regeneration and development, and will remain in place until 2025. A core focus of the framework will be to progress with a number of projects that were developed under the ECoC 2020 proposal, on a smaller scale.


Commenting on the decision, Councillor Adam Wyse, Mayor of Waterford City and County Council said “While we are disappointed at today’s news, we are very much looking forward to moving ahead with the Regional Cultural Strategy. We have every confidence that this programme will lead to regeneration through cultural initiatives, and will enhance the lives of our people. On behalf of the Three Sisters team, I would like to congratulate Galway on winning the European Capital of Culture 2020. We know they will do a fantastic job.”


Councillor Matt Doran, Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council said “The Three Sisters initiative has succeeded in breaking down barriers between the three counties and has united the region.  Our many cultural and artistic groups, local businesses and minority groups will continue to work together to create a culturally inclusive and open region, guided by our Regional Cultural Strategy.”


Councillor Paddy Kavanagh, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council said “I would like to thank the people and local businesses of Wexford, Waterford and Kilkenny whose support for the bid was overwhelming. I also wish to thank all the members of the Bid Team who have worked tirelessly on this project. We hope that we have inspired other small regions to work together through culture to transform their future.”

De la Salle College Development Draw




The closing date for getting your ticket for the De La Salle College Development Draw is fast approaching.


Did you know that De la Salle is the largest all boys school in the country?


With a student body of 1165 De la Salle College has a long and proud tradition of providing top quality education in the Waterford area. At this stage in their development the College is in need of upgrading in many significant areas to enable them to continue providing this top class education. This fundraising draw will start the process of investment in the upgrading of school facilities, and ensure this fine tradition is maintained for future generations of students in Waterford.


De La Salle College may have a connection with your business, either as your Alma Mater, the school of your sons either in the past, currently or perhaps in the future, or the school attended by your employees or customers.


Ticket holders will be in with a chance of winning one of Six Nissan Note cars, valued at over €18,000 each. Cash prizes totaling €4,000 are also to be won each month. Every ticket purchased will be entered into all 6 draws, with these fantastic prizes on offer each month giving a total of 54 chances to win a prize. In addition, every business that purchases a ticket will be listed on the “DLS Supporters” page on their website, with a link back to your website. With over 30,000 visits per annum to the DLS website, this additional free advertising could be beneficial to your business.


The first of the six draws takes place in July, so don’t delay to be in with a chance.


Tickets available at


We would ask you to consider purchasing a ticket in this fundraiser for De La Salle College and to support this worthy initiative.

Three Sisters European Capital of Culture Bid Book on view for the public

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The people of Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford have an exciting opportunity to view an exhibition of the official Three Sisters European Capital of Culture Bid Book this week. The free, public events will celebrate the fantastic achievement of the Three Sisters Bid Team in achieving shortlisting for the region for the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) 2020 title.


The events will begin on Thursday July 7th at John Roberts Square in Waterford, or in the City Square Shopping centre in the event of bad weather. On Friday July 8th, the exhibition will move to Kilkenny at the Tholsel on High Street, with the final event in Wexford on Saturday July 9th at the Three Sisters 2020 Culture Centre on North Main Street.


The document has been kept confidential until this point, so these events will give attendees an exclusive, first glimpse of the contents. The book is currently being evaluated by the ECoC selection panel, ahead of its hugely anticipated visit to the south-east region on July 13th. Members of the Three Sisters Bid Team will be on hand to guide people through the book, while a range of spectacular photographs by Alan Higgins, which were specially commissioned for the document, will also be displayed.


Commenting on the celebratory exhibitions, Three Sisters Bid Director Michael Quinn said “Everyone from the south-east region and beyond is welcome to come along and view our Bid Book, of which we are immensely proud. The local people, who have shown such great support for the Bid, and been so enthusiastic with the outpouring of pride in the region, will be very interested to see the vision we have laid out for hosting the 2020 European Capital of Culture.”


Mr Quinn continued “Winning the title will promote our region throughout Europe and the vast benefits will be felt by generations to come. We are encouraging everyone to come along and chat about these great opportunities with members of the Three Sisters bid team, who have been doing such incredible work behind the scenes, and who will be on hand to guide people through the Book at these wonderful events.”


One of the criteria that the ECoC panel will examine is the depth of local support for the Bid. The public can show their support in the crucial last few days of the selection process by liking Three Sisters Facebook page, following @3sisters2020 on Twitter and Instagram using #BitForTheBid, and using Three Sisters social media badge available on


Following the ECoC panel’s visit, and a presentation by ten members of the Bid Team, the 2020 winner will be formally announced on July 15th. Three Sisters is competing against Galway and Limerick for the title. 

The Promenade Festival


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Now in its third year, the independent run and the award-winning ’Promenade Festival’ in Tramore, Co Waterford is a family outing you won’t want to miss.


Capturing the true essence of times past and classic seaside fun experience, the Promenade Festival has grown into the biggest seaside family festival in Ireland.


It continues to go from strength to strength, with organisers anticipating crowds well into the tens of thousands again this coming July. Last year’s festival featured a spectacular Air Show over Tramore Bay, as well as street theatre, magic shows, live music, an artisan food and craft village and much more.


The festival celebrates the work of the Emergency Services, who will again showcase their skills with exciting public demonstrations over the three days. We have redesigned the festival site this year and added some special family treats that won’t be revealed until festival-goers arrive.

Waterford retains Purple Flag status


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Purple Flag Waterford is celebrating today after learning it has retained the prestigious Purple Flag Accreditation for its evening and night-time economy (ENTE).


Purple Flag is a town and city centre award which aims to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of town and city centres in the ENTE between the hours of 5pm to 5am. Areas awarded the Purple Flag are recognised for providing a vibrant and diverse mix of dining, entertainment and culture while promoting the safety and wellbeing of visitors and local residents.


Commenting on behalf of Purple Flag Waterford, Waterford Chamber CEO Nick Donnelly said: “We are delighted to have retained our Purple Flag status and great credit must go to the many businesses in the Purple Flag zone who support and deliver the standards required.


“As part of the assessment, it was recognised that the partnership and collaboration of all stakeholders continued to deliver a strong focus on activities and events in the city centre and that the programme of workings going forward will enhance the vibrancy and wellbeing for everyone. The panel also noted the positive trend on public order offences in the city centre and were complimentary on our new mascot Hoot, who has made a number of public appearances over the past few months and has been a big hit with kids and adults alike. The recent launch of our video on the evening and night time economy also received favourable comment.


“We look forward to building on the success of Purple Flag Waterford by taking on board the comments in the formal assessment and ultimately create a better and safer evening and night time economy for Waterford.”


Since 2007, the programme has awarded the Purple Flag status to over 65 towns and cities in the UK and Ireland. At present 18 destinations are holding Purple Flag status across Ireland and a further four are in the process of applying. Purple Flag accredited areas have all reported a consistent increase in footfall and a decrease in crime and ASB within the ENTE. The Purple Flag programme is managed by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) which works alongside – a partnership of key stakeholder groups backed by Government, police and businesses.

Last big push for the Three Sisters 2020 Bid


Three Sisters 2020On 15th July 2016 the announcement will be made on who will be awarded the title of European Capital of Culture 2020.


The Three Sisters are up against Galway & Limerick & we need your help in the final stages of the competition to help us bring the title to the South East.


Here’s how you can support:


  • Like the Three Sisters page on Facebook:
  • Invite your friends and family to like the page too
  • Like, comment & share our posts – public engagement is vital
  • Follow us on Twitter:
  • Invite your friends and family to follow us
  • Like and retweet our Tweets
  • Tweet us using our Hashtag #BitForTheBid
  • Visit the Three Sisters 2020 Website:


We have three weeks to increase our social following, please engage with us & do your #BitForTheBid and ensure that the €31m investment comes to our region rather than Limerick or Galway.

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