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New competition to find Ireland’s Best Place launched

26 April 2018

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Are you proud of the place where you were born, live or work? Do you think it has the potential to be nominated as one of the top 10 best places in Ireland and be crowned the overall winner as Ireland’s Best Place?

Members of the public are being asked to take part in a new competition launched today to celebrate some of Ireland's most attractive and inspiring places. It is being run by the RTPI Ireland, the professional body for the UK and Ireland’s 25,0000 planning professionals, with similar competitions already successfully run in the UK.

Eoghan Murphy TD, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government said:

“Planning and place-making go hand-in-hand.  After all, planning is fundamentally about people and their places.  It is about creating quality places for people to live and interact in.  It is about accommodating the needs of all our citizens by planning for functional and liveable homes, communities, towns, cities and regions and environments.

I am delighted that RTPI have decided to recognise the many fantastic places that we are so lucky to have on this island - places that are enhanced further by our culture, our history, our landscapes, and most importantly our people.  I look forward to seeing the nominations as they come in – it’s only a shame we have to limit the winners to the top 10! ”

John Acres MRTPI, RTPI President said:

“Your best place could be a new community, a regeneration area, a natural landscape, or a historic town or could even be a natural landscape, perhaps a national park. It might be a vibrant and diverse community you are especially proud of, a special place within a city, a stunning cultural quarter or a neighbourhood. You could nominate an area that has undergone significant regeneration and has been transformed by that process. There is no single definition of a ‘best place.’ We are leaving that up to you. We want your suggestions.”

Marion Chalmers MRTPI, Chair of RTPI Ireland said:

“We want to recognise those special places which we cherish because they have been protected, carefully planned or improved. I expect competition will be fierce and people will be passionate because they care about the places that mean most to them”.

Any member of the public can nominate their Best Place in Ireland. You have until 8 June to make your nomination. A panel of judges will then short list the top ten for the public to vote for a winner from.

Has the place you are most proud of got what it takes to be named the overall winner of Ireland’s Best Place competition?

Nominating is simple:


The RTPI and its members have been working with communities for over a century to help create great places for people. Each place nominated will also be judged against how it was shaped, protected or improved by planners and the planning system.