Winner: Clonakilty, Co. Cork

Summary

Clonakilty has long been known as the beach centre of west Cork. Clonakilty is well known as a tourist destination and has recently completed a number of public realm enhancements which have been long in planning and provide a modern streetscape which complement the preserved shop fronts in the town. The town has not rested on its laurels and has continued to develop attractions for the benefit of all visitors to the town, concentrating on local history in an effort to attract the culturally curious. Clonakilty is not just a town for visitors but is a good place for the locals to live, the nightly litter picks are a social occasion rather than a social chore.

Community Contact Justin England justin.england@corkcoco.ie

Citation

This category winner is a vibrant and colourful town that has over the years earned awards. The town has embraced sustainable tourism and offers an abundance of activities. On entering the town, the judges were particularly impressed with the beautiful streetscapes and the astonishing number of local organisations which cater for every possible need and interest. It was obvious to the judges that this town is an idyllic place to live, visit and work – made possible by the enthusiasm and commitment of the town’s numerous volunteers.

Runner Up: Trim, Co. Meath