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In a survey conducted by LikePlace.ie, Carlingford in Co Louth was voted, surprisingly, as the top place to live in Ireland. With 6,066 votes cast and counting, the Louth town has an impressive ranking of 4.5 out of 5 points.

Joe.ie reports on the new survey, finding the results a bit odd. They note humorously that of the 6,066 votes cast, 6,066 must have been from Carlingford. Coming in second to Carlingford are Portmagee in Co Kerry and Schull in Co Cork, which both share a 4.4 rating out of 5.

LikePlace.ie also compiled zeitgeist rankings on the worst places to live in Ireland, among other trends. Dublin City claimed the honors of worst place to live in Ireland, with a rating of only 2.8 out of a possible 5. Behind Dublin City was Edenderry and Shannon tied at 2.9. and then Portlaoise with 3.0.
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In some of the voters’ comments, Carlingford has been deemed a “hidden gem” as well as a “trendy village.” Dublin City, however, as been described as “a microcosm of what's wrong with Ireland."

In other surveys on LikePlace.ie, Donegal was voted the best county with 4.0 out of 5 points, and Meath with 3.5 out of 5. Voters ranked the overall quality of life in Ireland, based on several different factors, at a solid 3.8 out of 5, an improvement from the rankings over the past two years.

Do you agree with the results on LikePlace? What’s your favorite town and county in Ireland?