There's disappointment in Kilkenny this afternoon following the announcement that we have been unsuccessful in our joint bid to host the European Capital of Culture in 2020.
Shortly after noon today, it was announced that the successful bid was Galway's. The fact that Kilkenny's bid was coupled with Waterford and Wexford as a regional approach presented unique challenges, but a lot of effort went into it nonetheless.
Two panellists, Sylvia Amann from Austria and Christina Farinha from Portugal, were in the Three Sisters region on Wednesday for a a one-day visit incorporating the cultural highlights of Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford.
Not winning the title is a huge loss given the estimated value of hosting the Capital of Culture, but there still may be some good to come of it.
The three counties have been working together on a number of key issues, and have still agreed to formulate a regional tourism policy to boost the south-east's prospects going forward.