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


KINSALE, CO CORK
Nominated by George Harding, who wrote: “Cork might be Ireland’s second city, but Kinsale is its first town. Known as the gourmet capital of Ireland, it has restaurants to suit every taste, from the award-winning Fishy Fishy, to high-end fish-and-chippers.”
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THE LAKELANDS OF CO FERMANAGH
Nominated by Patricia Thirgood, who wrote: “Fermanagh is so green and not always wet, with amazing walks, lovely lakes, mountains sea breezes, and even the G8.”
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LOOP HEAD PENINSULA, CO CLARE
Nominated by Mary Redmond, who wrote: “Beautiful, wild and unspoilt … with three beaches , the wonderful cliff walk in Kilkee, and loop head walk at the light house and the ruins of Carrigaholt Castle.”
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LOUISBURGH, CO MAYO
Nominated by Catherine Duffy, who wrote: “Louisburgh, nestled under Croagh Patrick, is where Westport people go on holidays. For the painter, the pilgrim, the photographer, the forager, the fisherman, the foodie, the walker, the geogologist, the historian and the child there is no better place.”
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RIVER SHANNON
Nominated by Jennifer Joyce, who wrote: “Time slows down on the Shannon. Enjoy the pace of your boat as you travel through Loughs Derg, Ree, Allen and Erne. Cruise, then drop in to any of the picturesque harbours for a meal, or cook on board and enjoy the peace.”
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ROSSLARE STRAND, CO WEXFORD
Nominated by Ray Corish, who wrote: “Rosslare Strand is in the heart of Ireland’s sunniest county, far enough from the Greater Dublin Area for holiday makers to relax and yet within striking distance via the N11.”
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STRANDHILL, CO SLIGO
Nominated by Megan Boyle, who wrote: “A holiday destination for all ages, whether you just want to walk on the beach, take a seaweed bath, have a nice bite to eat or a surf lesson, climb the mountain and hit the pubs for a great night of music and madness.”
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THE GLEN OF AHERLOW, CO TIPPERARY
Nominated by Frank Kelly, who wrote: “Good company, camping, guesthouses, quality hotels and an amazing 16th century castle, activities in a pleasant environment, local guides and quality food experience, all great value.”
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VALENTIA ISLAND, CO KERRY
Nominated by Siobhan Lynch, who wrote: “Valentia is a magical spot to kick back, relax and holiday in. The vibe is laid back, the pace of life gentle, the scenery all year round is amazing. But what can we do there?, I hear you ask. Quite a lot.”
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