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10 'best places' in Ireland announced: public to vote for winner

03 September 2018

Ireland Best Place Slider


Ireland’s longest walking and cycling trail, an 18th century estate town, and the country’s most historic and compact medieval city are among the ten places shortlisted by RTPI Ireland which the public can now vote for their favourite.

Ireland’s Best Places is a competition run by RTPI Ireland to celebrate some of the most attractive and inspiring places and the role planners have played in helping to protect or shape them for communities.

The top 10 best places in Ireland have been whittled down by the Ireland’s Best Places judging panel from nominations from the public.

The finalists are:

  • Abbeyleix, Laois
  • Cobh, County Cork
  • Cork City Centre, Cork
  • Dingle, Kerry
  • Grand Canal Square, Dublin
  • The Great Western Greenway, Mayo
  • Greystones, Wicklow
  • Kilkenny City Centre, Kilkenny
  • Lough Boora Parklands, Offaly
  • Tully Cross, Galway

The public can now vote for their favourite, which will be crowned Ireland’s Best Place in November.

Marion Chalmers, Chair of RTPI Ireland said:

“The competition has reminded us of the passion we have for places we love. The finalists, places clearly loved by the public, have been protected, carefully planned or improved by the planning system. I encourage everyone to get behind their favourite place to ensure it wins.”

The voting for Ireland’s Best Place is being launched today (3 September).

Voting is open until Friday 12 October. There are 3 easy ways to vote:

  1. Submit your vote online
  2. Email it to
  3. Tweet your vote for your chosen place and use #RTPIIrelandsBestPlaces