Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Dublin named 'city of literature'
"Dublin has designated a city of literature by the cultural arm of the United Nations, Unesco. It is the fourth city to receive the award. Minister for Culture and Tourism Mary Hanafin said Dublin was granted the accolade "because of the rich historical 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". The title was bestowed on Dublin by Unesco director-general Irina Bokova. The previous recipients of the title, which is permanent, are Edinburgh, Melbourne and Iowa City"