Cultural heroes back Three Sisters 2020

Wexford window at Kilkenny Design Centre

Massive thanks to the local businesses who  are supporting the Bid with creative window displays

Three well-known personalities from the Three Sisters region are displaying their support for the bid by channelling their creative talents into window dressing. Goresbridge Grand National winning jockey David Mullins; Waterford playwright and theatre director, Jim Nolan; and Wexford potter, Mairead Stafford are decorating windows of popular shops in their respective counties, inspired by their interpretation of culture.


The project is a call-to-action for businesses across the region to create their own cultural window display, ahead of the visit of the European Union’s European Capital of Culture selection panel to the Three Sisters region. Three Sisters is competing against Galway and Limerick for the European Capital of Culture 2020 title. The panel will choose the winner of the title on July 15th.


Any businesses participating in the window dressing initiative are encourage to share images of the display with @3Sisters2020 on Twitter and Three Sisters 2020 on Facebook and Instagram using #BitfortheBid.


The windows leading the initiative and being dressed by the cultural champions include Kilkenny Design Centre, Fitzgerald Menswear, Waterford and The Book Centre, Wexford.


Star jockey David Mullins will be bringing the apt theme Rule The World to the window at the Kilkenny Design Centre. His display will feature his saddle, a poster of Aintree Grand National winner Rule The World, his colourful racing silks, and photographs of both David and his grandfather, famed trainer Paddy Mullins.


“I’m delighted to throw my support behind the Three Sisters bid for European Capital of Culture in 2020,” David told the Three Sisters Bid Team. “Horse racing is such an integral part of our culture in Ireland. In the Mullins family, there is a long and proud history of horse racing, and this pride is also evident across the region. Now on the home stretch, let’s shout for the Three Sisters 2020 to be the first to cross the finish line!”


Esteemed playwright, Jim Nolan, who will inspire the window of Fitzgerald Menswear, said he was “honoured to have played a small part in the Three Sisters 2020 bid to bring the European Capital of Culture award to the south east”.“As the bid process concludes, the window dressing is an opportunity to celebrate the contribution which Waterford theatre has made to the cultural life of the region,” he said. Jim has provided copies of his published plays, along with first draft typescripts and some production posters.


Mairead Stafford of Ballyelland Pottery, also spoke to Three Sisters and said that she will be providing both butterfly art panels and her goddess sculptures to The Book Centre, Wexford.


“I have been a part of cultural steering in the community and I was excited about the prospect of the European Capital of Culture coming to Ireland in particular the Three Sisters,” says Mairead. “When I heard about the idea of being involved in the window dressing I could not have been more honoured to be involved.”


Businesses can also embark on their Three Sisters window display at any stage, and the bid team is asking that they are left in place until July 15th, to coincide with the selection panel’s visit.


Please share images of your original window display with @3Sisters2020 on Twitter and Three Sisters 2020 on Facebook and Instagram. #BitfortheBid