Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford have come together as the Three Sisters region in a bid to win the European Union’s prestigious European Capital of Culture for 2020.

We are in a competition to win the title before July 15th this Summer.  The European panel will travel to our region in the coming months, and make its final decision by July 15th – and we need your help to show them just how fantastic the Three Sisters is.


With your help, we could be named the new European Capital of Culture for 2020 in just a few, short weeks. Winning will bring with it enormous and long-lasting benefits for our entire region. Why not get behind this once-in-a-generation opportunity and do your bit for the Bid. Show your love for your county and your pride in Three Sisters. Support the Bid and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram using #BitForTheBid.


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We are Better Together; Ní neart go cur le Chéile.


Agus sinn ag iarraidh an teideal mar ‘Phríomhchathair Chultúir na hEorpa’ a bhaint amach don mbliain 2020, tá an trí chontae – Cill Chainnigh, Port Láirge agus Loch Garman – tar éis teacht le chéile chun réigiún an Oir-dheiscirt a athrú ó bhonn. Ag obair le chéile, is mian linn fuinneamh cruthaitheach agus cultúrtha thírdhreach fuinniúil an taobh seo tíre a dhíriú ar mhaithe leis an réigiún trí chéile.



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The Three Sisters bid for the European Capital of Culture 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 ofthe 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 2020 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.”    
Do your #BitForTheBid European Union’s European Capital of Culture selection panel almost here
30/06/2016. FREE TO USE IMAGE. European Capital of Culture 2020 candidate the Three Sisters (Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford) enlisted the help of folk musicians the Carty Sisters to launch a series of free, public exhibitions of the ‘Bid Book’ across the region. The book is being reviewed by the European Capital of Culture selection panel, which will visit the region on July 13th. Pictured in New Ross are Saoirse, Naoise and Ciara Carty. Picture: Patrick Browne   Can you feel the excitement? Across the Three Sisters region there is a definite buzz in the air as we are within days until the visit by the European Union’s European Capital of Culture selection panel! We are planning a spectacular day of culture on Wednesday, July 13th for the two members of the panel, allowing them to experience some of the amazing cultural delights on offer across Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford. Three Sisters is competing against Galway and Limerick for the European Capital of Culture 2020 title. The panel will choose a winner from the three candidates on Friday, July 15th. Read More