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> Jo Lavelle
Over the next week, blue wristbands with the Galway 2020 message will be available free of charge from key hubs throughout the city. Every man, woman and child are asked to wear the Galway 2020 wristband in support of the bid. People should take a selfie while wearing the wristband and share it on social media using the hashtags #WearitShareit and #Galway2020. This will create a massive online surge showing how the people of Galway want to win the bid more than our two rival finalists, Limerick and WaterfordCarlow/Kilkenny/Wexford (known as The Three Sisters).
When the panel of European judges visit Galway on Sunday 10th and Monday 11th July they will be taking to the streets to access just how much the people of Galway want and need the European Capital of Culture designation. The simple action of everyone wearing the wristband on these two days and understanding what Galway 2020 means for the Galway may have a massive impact on the overall decision.
It’s estimated that an enormous economic impact for the entire county will occur if Galway is successful in its bid, leading to over 4 million extra visitors to Galway the next ten years. That’s an average of 400,000 per year or a 35% increase per annum. This should result in the creation of up to to 5,000 additional jobs created in the tourism and hospitality industry, in addition to normal growth projections.
A final decision on who will represent Ireland as The European Capital of Culture 2020 will be announced on Friday 15th July but it’s important to remember, the bid won’t be won without everyone’s involvement, particularly during the judging panel visit. It’s vital everyone does their partto support the #WearitShareit campaign in the coming weeks. Let’s all work together to make Galway the European Capital of Culture for 2020.
Anyone who wants to pick-up a wristband can collect them from the Galway 2020 office at Unit 15 The Cornstore, Middle Street, Galway city or from the following businesses: The Town Hall Theatre, An Pucan, O’Connells Bar The Skeff Bar, The Cellar, Blakes Corner Bar, Garavans, McCambridges, OMG (formerly Zhivago), The Kings Head, Tribeton, The Front Door, The Dail Bar, Seven, The Quays, Monroes Tavern, Massimo, Oslo Bar, IMC Cinema, Eye Cinema, The Huntsman, Eyre Square Shopping Centre, Galway Shopping Centre, OMG Shop Street, Galway Library and Leisureland.
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