Judges choose the 25 best places to holiday in Ireland

The Irish Times Best Place to Holiday in Ireland competition attracts more than 1,400 nominations

Mon, Apr 29, 2013, 06:00

Nominated by Brian McCarthy who wrote: “Cork is a vibrant city, alive day and night, and a haven for foodies. It is easy to explore on foot and well situated for exploring Co Cork and the beautiful south coast.”
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Nominated by Jim Owens, who wrote: “Cushendall, ‘the Heart of the Glens’, is at the foot of Glenballyeamon one of the most striking of the nine Glens of Antrim, where the scenery is equal to anywhere in Ireland.”
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Nominated by Peter J Mackenzie, who wrote: “Derry has so much to see and do. Great live music in so many venues and a growing quality hospitality industry, and a great base to explore the natural beauty of Donegal on one side and the splendour of the Causeway coast.”
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Nominated by Kylie L Smith, who wrote: “In all the places I have been in the world Dingle, with its narrow streets, colourful housing and glorious peninsula, is the best. Friendliness oozes from its people, shops and eating and drinking places (of which there are many!).”
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Nominated by Kate Rooney, who wrote: “Although not the most attractive county, Dublin is the best to actually spend time and money. You don’t need empty beaches, you need entertainment and action to have a good holiday.”
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Nominated by Jody O'Dea, who wrote: “When the sun comes out, get your spot on Ireland’s classic town beach and share a day with folks who built sandcastles and hunted crabs on this strand just like their accompanying grandchildren do now.”
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Nominated by Joan Healy, who wrote: “Wake in the morning to the sound of birdsong, watch the trout jumping in the lake, walk the crags of the mountains before a sumptuous meal. Peaceful, tranquil Gougane Barra has a magnetic attraction.”
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Nominated by Seán Mullin, who wrote: “The sheer, narrow inlets mash the surf into slosh pits of creamy foam next to beaches of smooth rocks which clack and rustle with each monster wave. I’m in New Zealand now. I still compare everywhere I go here to Gweedore.”
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Nominated by Nicole Trewartha, who wrote: “It feels remote, removed from the rest of the world, and the sky somehow seems larger than anywhere else in Ireland as there is nothing to interrupt your view. But the people are warm and generous. There are no strangers here.”
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Nominated by Hugh McMahon, who wrote: “From the minute you get off the ferry you know that you are in a magical place. The scenery, the Atlantic air and the pace of life allow you to leave behind the mainland and the personality you inhabit there.”
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Nominated by Maighread Forde, who wrote:”The view is the first thing that takes your breath away. But one can’t holiday on views alone. Around Killarney you can walk, take boat trips on the lakes, cycle, tour Muckross House or Ross Castle, go to the playground or the pet farms, go horse racing, golfing, fishing, run a marathon or learn to cook.”
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