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Dublin wins world youth summit bid

ALMOST 2,000 youth delegates will travel to Dublin next year after the city beat off competition from Hong Kong and Edinburgh to host the global youth summit.

The One Young World Summit, for young leaders to work for future change, will hit Ireland in October next year in what is expected to generate €3m for Dublin.

"We're delighted," Valerie McGrane, one of three people behind the Irish bid, said.

"We weren't expecting to win because the process went on for about a month and we didn't know what the other bids were like.

"We weren't expecting it but we were confident in the quality of our bid.

"It's great to have this summit in Ireland and we expect around 1,500-2,000 people to come to Dublin."

The summit brings together delegates aged between 18 and 30 from more than 180 countries with the main summit to be held in the Convention Centre.

"It's great for Dublin, and Bord Failte estimate it will generate around €3m for the country," said Ms McGrane.

"Our theme is '1,000 welcomes' and we'll have 1,000 Dublin people bringing all the delegates on tours around Dublin, not just to the main attractions, but to their favourite places around Dublin to make it much more personal for the delegates."

The summit brings youths together to speak and lobby for future positive change, with education, human rights and global health among topics discussed.

Recent summits have seen big names attending, including ex-US president Bill Clinton.

Dublin Lord Mayor Naoise O Muiri said: "These young people are our future and hosting such a significant and inspiring summit is of key importance not only for now, but for the future."

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