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THE Little Museum of Dublin aims to get better, not bigger, after scooping a top award worth €100,0000.

Co-founders Trevor White and Simon O'Connor, winners of the David Manley Emerging Entrepreneur Award, aim to build the best small museum in Europe.

They won a €10,000 cash prize along with €100,000 worth of "priceless" mentoring and consultancy services from a range of top finance, law, IT, media and marketing firms.

Mr White, a writer, said the win was a vindication of their hard work and a tribute to its supporters and Dubliners who generously donated all 5,000 artifacts on display.

"It's very fashionable in Ireland to lament public servants, to slag off public servants, but this project would not have happened without the vision and courage of public servants in both Dublin City Council and Failte Ireland," he added.

The Little Museum of Dublin, on St Stephen's Green, exhibits life in the capital as most people have experienced. A new display celebrating the life of the late Lord Mayor Alfie Byrne will open shortly.