Competition heats up in search for Ireland’s top vacation destination - from beach resorts to idyllic country villages
25 locations make shortlist in prestigious Irish Times poll
Nominated by Elizabeth Hickey, who wrote: “At the end of my first Irish summer holiday in 15 years I was surprised that the days had been filled with activities. In Ireland you have to make your own fun … Achill offers the opportunity to do this no matter what the weather.”
BALLYVAUGHAN, CO CLARE
Nominated by Orla McEvoy, who wrote: “A beautiful coastal village with a personality all of its own. Spectacular views around every bend, wonderful west of Ireland atmosphere in the pub, and the Burren is one of the most stunning limestone settings on earth.”
BEARA PENINSULA, CO CORK
Nominated by Siobhan O’Connor, who wrote: “The physical beauty is overwhelming. The people are unique. It is a gem we should treasure. It is my heritage.”
BOYLE, CO ROSCOMMON
Nominated by Mervyn Boles, who wrote: “This town is steeped in history and unspoilt, with friendly, independent shops. King House and Boyle Abbey have been restored and Lough Key Adventure Centre has an excellent playground for kids, a new zip-it adventure for teenagers and for the less energetic tree-top walks and bog garden trails.”
CAHERDANIEL & DERRYNANE, CO KERRY
Nominated by Mairead Franklin, who wrote: “Beaches spread from Derrynane bay to the sheltered harbour, sand dunes abound. You can be as active or as lazy as you like. For 42 years I spent my holidays in Derrynane. It is not only my favourite Irish holiday destination, it is part of me.”
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.”
CUSHENDALL, CO ANTRIM
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.”
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.”
DINGLE, CO KERRY
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!).”
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.”
DUNMORE EAST, CO WATERFORD
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