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Calls to 'wind up' Galway city of culture as doubts grow

EC reveals it has received no request for events to be extended despite €15m funding pledge

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Scattered to the four winds: Broadcaster Blathnaid Treacy last year at the launch of the programme for Galway’s time as European Capital of Culture, when everything was still rosy. Photo: Aengus McMahon

Scattered to the four winds: Broadcaster Blathnaid Treacy last year at the launch of the programme for Galway’s time as European Capital of Culture, when everything was still rosy. Photo: Aengus McMahon

Scattered to the four winds: Broadcaster Blathnaid Treacy last year at the launch of the programme for Galway’s time as European Capital of Culture, when everything was still rosy. Photo: Aengus McMahon

The European Commission has received no formal request to extend Galway's European Capital of Culture programme into 2021, almost a month after this was signalled by Culture Minister Josepha Madigan.

A commission spokeswoman confirmed that neither Galway nor the Croatian city of Rijeka, which share the 2020 cultural capital designation, have so far indicated their plans.


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