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Minister Martin congratulates the City of Derry on being chosen as UK City of Culture 2013

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin, T.D., congratulated Derry~Londonderry on being chosen as UK City of Culture 2013. The Minister said:

“This is a great day for Derry and for Northern Ireland. I want to congratulate all those who were involved in the successful bid and wish them well in preparing for 2013.

The selection of Derry with its stunning physical surroundings, its long history and its young and vibrant population is not a surprise to any of us who have been there. Its status as the first UK City of Culture will provide an opportunity for many new visitors to come and fall in love with the Maiden City.

Derry, like many places on this island, carries its scars but the city’s dignified and unified reaction to the report of the Saville Inquiry gave an example of how people in Northern Ireland can move forward together.

Togetherness and reconciliation was at the heart of “Legenderry’s” bid. There was support from organisations including the Apprentice Boys and the GAA, from stars of stage and screen, from poets, playwrights and politicians.

But today’s success really belongs to the local community. It shows what the people of Derry~Londonderry can do when they work together.”

Note for Editors

The competition for the first UK City of Culture was launched by the British Culture Secretary in July 2009. The four shortlisted cities were:

  • Birmingham
  • Derry
  • Norwich
  • Sheffield

Derry was announced as the winning city on 15th July 2010.