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Ireland’s Best Places to Live

Published: Friday, May 18, 2012

(Photo: Áine Uí Ghiollagáin: An Cheathrú Rua, Co na Gaillimhe, Photograph The Irish Times: Cyril Byrne)

The Irish Times is on the hunt for Ireland’s nicest neck-of-the-woods, and invites you to nominate your favourite. It can be a town, suburb, village or remote spot – anywhere that, despite all the problems our nation is going through, you feel supremely lucky to have landed in. The reason could be the neighbours, social life, scenery, the facilities or none or all of these.

Deadline is 31 May 2012.


The winning 'place' will be announced in early summer. The Irish Times will mark the accolade with a plaque for the locality, publish a story on the winning place, and make a short film about it for irishtimes.com.


The best place will be chosen by a panel of five judges: Maureen Gaffney, adjunct professor of Psychology and Society in UCD; architect Paul Keogh; statistician Gerard O’Neill from Amárach Research; Irish Times Environment Editor Frank McDonald; and Irish Times journalist Edel Morgan.


But the process starts with you. We want you to tell us in no more than 500 words why you think your area is the best place to live in Ireland.

But don’t be put off if you live in an area that doesn’t fit all these criteria. Ultimately, the strength of your pitch will count.

See irishtimes.com/bestplace for details on how to submit your entry.


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