TWO Kerry locations have made the initial ' longlist' of 25 places in with a chance to be named 'Best place to Live in Ireland'. 2011 Tidy Towns winner Killarney and scenic Dingle Peninsula have been selected by the judges of the Irish Times competition, and will compete against five villages, nine towns, four regional cities and five suburbs or urban villages for the overall accolade.
The Dingle Peninsula is the only rural district to make the final 25.
For the competition, people were invited to nominate their locality and explain just what made it so special.
Amelie Gagne said she was delighted to settle in Killarney a decade ago.
'After more than 10 years spent here now, I know how truly lucky I am to have put my backpack down in this town,' Amelie said in her submission.
'The location alone makes it a real jewel. Places like Aghadoe, the Gap of Dunloe, Ladies View and the Black Valley have been attracting visitors for hundreds of years. Spaces for picnics and barbecues, stunning views come as standard!'
Meanwhile, Dolores Martin, in nominating the Dingle Peninsula, said the area offered an unbeatable quality of life for its residents.
'Once named by National Geographic as 'the most beautiful place on earth', the glorious scenery is squarely balanced with the provision of amenities. Together, they deliver an unrivalled quality of life for us residents, whose love of our homeplace runs deeper than most can find words to admit," Dolores said.
All longlisted places will be visited by a team of researchers before a shortlist is compiled on Monday next, June 18. The winner will be announced the following Monday, June 25.
The winning place will be presented with a plaque or sign noting the accolade.