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7-01-13.Freeman of Limerick and former European Parliament President, Pat Cox has accepted the invitation to be the Chair of the governing group that will drive the Limerick City of Culture initiative for 2014..Yesterday (Monday) it was also announced that Mr. Cox will be joined by two other internationally renowned Freeman of Limerick; Riverdance composer, Bill Whelan and rugby international Paul O'Connell to lead the team for Limerick's designation which will begin on January 1st 2014. ..As proven leaders, the triumvirate were chosen to represent the areas within which they have excelled nationally and internationally that symbolise a broad approach to the understanding of culture, not just of Limerick, but of Ireland...Limerick was announced last year as the first National City of Culture for 2014 by Jimmy Deenihan, TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. As part of the initiative, a city in Ireland will be selected and designated as a National City of Culture every two years with the designation itself lasting for one calendar year...At the launch are former European Parliament President, Pat Cox and Riverdance composer, Bill Whelan. Picture: Sean Curtin Photo.