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'Greatest' honour for the City of Tribes

GALWAY city has scooped the prize for greatest town in the UK and Ireland in the Urbanism Awards.

The city was the only Irish destination shortlisted for the prestigious awards, which are handed out by the Academy of Urbanism in London.

Galway was one of three finalists for the Great Town category along with Falmouth in Cornwall and Shrewsbury in Shropshire.

A spokesperson for Galway City Council said the award was a great honour.

"We're delighted we've been recognised in these prestigious awards for what the people of Galway and tourists to the city have known for years -- it's a great town."

Galway mayor Terry O'Flatherty, who was at the ceremony at the Duke of Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden, London, said she was "delighted" with the win.

The judges highlighted the city's streetscape as significant in their decision, making special reference to the Museum and Long Walk areas.

Irish Independent