Where is the best place to live in Ireland? 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 or suburb, a tiny village or remote rural spot, a tiny community halfway up a mountain, a street, road or housing estate. It can be anywhere that, despite all the problems our little nation is going through, you feel supremely lucky to have landed in. The reason could be the great neighbours, the social life, the scenery, the great facilities or none or all of these.
The winning “place” will be announced in early summer, and 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 Amarach 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. Pitch, argue, convince and gush, and explain what gives your neighbourhood the X factor. There are also some questions about everything from the local schools to the quality of the environment. But don’t be put off if you live in an area which doesn’t fit all these criteria. Ultimately, the strength of your pitch will count.