Dublin was named a "World Festival and Event City" by the International Festivals and Events Association.

Dublin was named a "World Festival and Event City" by the International Festivals and Events Association.

During a Sept. 21 conference in Denver, Dublin was named one of eight World Festival and Event Cities in the "Under One Million Population" category and received the most outstanding entry recognition for its category.

The award was created to help "the global festivals and events industry to openly encourage, support and recognize positive local environments for festivals and events worldwide," a release from the IFEA stated.

To win the award, entrants had to supply information on the community, events, government and community support of events, marketing of events and other programs related to events.

Dublin and Grapevine, Texas, were the only cities in the United States to win the 2012 award.