Judging begins in Best Place competition

Fri, Jun 22, 2012, 01:00

Judging is taking place in The Irish Times offices today for the newspaper’s Best Place to Live in Ireland competition. (Scroll down for videos of the top 5: Ardara, Co Donegal; Killarney, Co Kerry; Cork; Rathmines; and Westport.)

For the Best Place to Live in Ireland competition, The Irish Times invited people to nominate the place they lived in, and explain its appeal. All kinds of habitats were eligible: “a town or city suburb, a village or remote rural spot, a tiny community halfway up a mountain, a street, a road or a housing estate”.

From early April until late May, the competition attracted 563 entries from members of the public across 32 counties.

The five judges are now choosing from a shortlist of: Cork city; Ardara, Co Donegal; Westport, Co Mayo; Killarney, Co Kerry; and Rathmines in Dublin.

To introduce readers to the places and the people who nominated them, we’ve made a video of each one which can be seen below.

The overall winner will be announced on Monday, June 25th. The winning place will receive a location-appropriate plaque or sign noting the accolade.

The judges for this competition are: Dr Maureen Gaffney, adjunct professor of psychology and society at University College Dublin; Paul Keogh, founding partner of Paul Keogh Architects and former president of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland; Gerard O’Neill, chairman of Amárach Research and a co-founder of Hireland.ie; Irish Times Environment Editor Frank McDonald; and Irish Times journalist Edel Morgan.

You can read all 563 entries and learn more about the competition here

May the best place win!

THE SHORTLIST

VILLAGE: ARDARA, CO DONEGAL

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