Waterford, Wexford and Kilkenny are to make a unique combined bid to be named 'European City of Culture' in 2020.
Limerick is also bidding for the title. The title, which Cork held in 2005, is sought by cities all over Europe as it attracts thousands of extra visitors and boosts business.
The Capital of Culture is chosen by ministers from the EU member states and organised by the European Commission. Cities from two countries, Ireland and Croatia, will be chosen for the title in 2020. The proposals will be assessed by an international panel of cultural experts, according to criteria laid down by the EU. Representatives from the three cities visited Brussels where they explained their proposal to Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly. Under the banner Ireland South East 2020, Waterford City will be its capital and focal point.