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Ireland's Top 10 tourism towns revealed

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Published 28/09/2015 | 13:01

Kilkenny, with the River Nore. Photo: Deposit
Kilkenny, with the River Nore. Photo: Deposit
Ardmore, Co. Waterford
Kenmare, County Kerry. Photo: Deposit
Adare, Co. Limerick. Photo: Deposit
Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas ship created a spectacle when it called into Cobh over the May Bank Holiday weekend in 2012. MSC's Splendida is even larger.
Lismore Castle, Co. Waterford
Sneem, Co. Kerry. Photo: Deposit

Fáilte Ireland has announced its shortlist of 10 towns around the country for the 2015 Tourism Towns Award.

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The shortlist of ‘highly commended towns’, which was revealed today at the National Tidy Towns Awards in the Helix, Dublin, is as follows:

Best Small Town                                             

  • Adare, Co. Limerick                                         
  • Ardmore, Co. Waterford                                   
  • Clonakilty, Co. Cork                                         
  • Kenmare, Co. Kerry                                        
  • Lismore, Co. Waterford
  • Sneem, Co. Kerry

Best Large Town

  • Cobh, Co. Cork
  • Killarney, Co. Kerry
  • Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
  • Tralee, Co. Kerry

Neither of last year’s winners – Kinsale and Westport – make the cut.

Kerry is the county with most shortlisted towns (4), while Cork and Waterford each have two apiece. All bar Kilkenny are in Munster.

“This award is all about recognising those Irish towns and villages where the local community goes the extra mile to enhance their appeal to tourists,” said Paddy Matthews of Fáilte Ireland.

Each year, the 100 top scoring towns from the previous years’ Tidy Town Competition are invited to apply for the award.

Previous winners include Portmagee, Co. Kerry (2012), Kilkenny (2013), with Westport and Kinsale sharing the award in 2014.

This year’s shortlisted towns (see gallery above) have already been inspected in a series of unannounced visits by ‘secret shoppers’, and two overall winners will be announced at a ceremony in Dublin on November 25.

The successful ‘Best Large Town’ and ‘Best Small Town’ will share the accolade of Ireland’s Top Tourism Town, receiving a certificate along with a €5,000 grant towards their further development as tourism destinations.

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