This week Dublin has become only the fourth city to be designated an “UNESCO City of Literature”. Joining Edinburgh, Melbourne and Iowa City, Dublin now shares the coveted distinction and honor.
Mary Hanafin, Ireland’s Minister of Tourism, said that the designation would give the city a boost with cultural visitors:
“Dublin has been awarded this accolade because of the rich literary past of the city, the vibrant contemporary literature, the variety of festivals and attractions available and because it is the birthplace and home of literary greats. Names such as Swift, O’Casey, Wilde, Shaw, Behan, Beckett and Joyce are synonymous with Dublin and there are reminders of their great literary works throughout the city.”
A new website has been established to celebrate the achievement, Dublin City of Literature, which highlights literary events and explores the city’s history and heritage.