Three Sisters 2020 May Newsletter


      Highlights for the May Newsletter

  • General Update
  • Community Engagement
  • European Connections
  • Three Sisters Collaborations
  • In the Media
  • Upcoming Events



General Update

Excellent progress has been made developing our Cultural Programme.  We have developed a strong & varied Cultural Programme with input from many stakeholders to present to Europe. We really appreciate the enormous amount of input we have received from everyone right across the region, well done to you all.  We will continue to work and fine tune the Bid Book and Cultural Programme over the next few weeks, and we will publish our Bid Book in July so that everyone can see the results of our collective efforts.

Community Engagement


21/04/2016. FREE TO USE IMAGE. Three Sisters 2020 bid. Schoolchildren Caitlín Laffan, 11, Scoil Eoin Baiste Wexford, and Orla Murphy, 11, Scoil Mhólainge Listerlin, Kilkenny and Lily Haran, 7, Gaelscoil Phort Lairge Waterford who are taking part in the Three Sisters school’s competition as part of the region’s bid to win the European Capital of Culture 2020. Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford have come together in a unique regional partnership called Three Sisters to win the title. Wexford born comic book writer/artist and Marvel illustrator Nick Roche joined the children to officially launch the competition today. Picture: Patrick Browne

Our Bid Team have been out and about again this month building relationships with community groups, organisations & businesses in the three counties. We have been blown away by the groups and their offers of help, programme ideas and willingness to do anything to do their #BitForTheBid

We launched a school’s competition for the Primary & Secondary schools last week and Wexford born comic book writer/artist and Marvel illustrator Nick Roche joined school children from Kilkenny, Waterford & Wexford to officially launch the competition on Wexford Quay.


European Connections

Members and representatives from the Bid Team have been busy in Europe this month with two European trips made in the last two weeks. The European Commission initiative, led by Eurocities, focused on exploring ‘culture for social inclusion’ in Antwerp last week.   The study visit, ran from April 25th to April 27th, and is part of the Culture for Cities and Regions project. Two candidates represented the Three Sisters region, the Deputy Mayor of Waterford City and County Council Cllr John O’Leary, and Catherine Power of Waterford Area Partnership. Meanwhile, Bid Director Michael Quinn attended the prestigious European Culture Forum in Brussels on 19th and 20th April. This flagship European Commission event is held once every two years and aims to raise the profile of European cultural cooperation. The Forum is also a fantastic opportunity for discussion and debate on the contribution that culture can make to innovation, jobs and growth and social cohesion.


Three Sisters Collaborations

VISUAL CarlowThe Three Sisters 2020 Bid Team was proud to co-sponsor a seminar on Conflict, Migration and Identity in Modern Ireland: Global and Transnational Perspectives ‘presented by Trinity College Dublin, Carlow College and VISUAL, in Carlow, 13 – 15th April 2016. This seminar offered a timely opportunity to reflect on the fascinating relationships between conflict, migration and identity in modern Irish history and culture. This conference explored the Irish experience within transnational and global trends and contexts, and featured lectures, talks, performances and masterclasses on the histories, sociology and literatures of migration, conflict and identity by world-renowned Irish and international academics, artists and commentators, including Professor Joe Lee (New York University), Professor Bridget Anderson (University of Oxford),Prof Joe Cleary (Maynooth University) and Prof Enda Delaney (University of Edinburgh).


In the Media

SpraoiGemma Tipton wrote an article in the Irish Times on April 25th titled “What is the point of the European Capital of Culture?”

Three Sisters 2020 “speaks the EU language of crossing borders, co-operation and partnership in a way that could be hard to beat”.

Read all about the European Capital of Culture Bid and how Three Sisters is competing


Upcoming Events

Gifty Wiafe
Waterford’s long running literature festival returns over the weekend of May 5th– 8th around Waterford City. The festival, which has the Sean Dunne Young Poet’s Award, promotes the art and craft of writing and celebrates creativity for all ages, bringing writers, readers and lovers of storytelling into the city for a weekend of lively events. On Friday 6th May in Greyfriars Gallery there is a workshop for Teens and Young Adults called Don’t be a Stranger! The workshop is for invited schools is a Trans-Cultural Performance Class & Work-in-Progress Show with Gifty Wiafe & Barbara Kemmler.

The Three Sisters 2020 team are hosting an Open Mic Night on Saturday 7th May in Downes Bar in Waterford this will be facilitated by actress Lynda Gough with musical interludes from Lorcan Reidy. For further details, please visit:



Our Bid Team are always available to speak to you and would love to hear your feedback, our contact details are provided below.

Thank you,

The Three Sisters 2020 Bid Team

Phone: 051-897230 Email:


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