Galway voted world's friendliest city - Nos. 3 and 4 aren't bad either
Irish cities clean sweep
Readers of US travel bible Travel + Leisure magazine have named Galway the world's friendliest city.
Remarkably, Dublin placed third and Cork fourth in the same poll.
The three Irish cities dominate the prestigious, New York-based magazine's list of destinations "that know how to charm".
The World's 10 Friendliest Cities
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- Auckland, New Zealand
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- Sydney, Australia
- Edinburgh, Scotland
- Savannagh, Georgia
“The hospitality and the humor of Ireland’s people makes it a perfect destination,” one Travel + Leisure reader said.
Another claimed Galway was home to the “friendliest people [they had] ever met.”
"Galway won readers’ hearts with its festive nature, lively population, and musicality," according to the magazine.
"Fiddlers and banjo-players, flautists and whistlers bang out traditional Irish reels on pedestrian streets and in all the pubs. And no wonder! It’s known countrywide (and beyond) as the 'most Irish' city.”
Of Ireland's capital, the magazine had the following to say:
“The people of Dublin’s confident, cosmopolitan, and gregarious nature is best experienced at the din the new Hipster Triangle, where creative locals indulge in “only-in-Ireland” ice cream flavors at Murphy’s (think toasted Irish oats and brown bread made with milk from Kerry cows) and dig in to Jo’Burger.
"Here, picnic tables fill up during lunch hour with jars of house-made, grown-up lemonade and Charolais burgers.”
Last week, Dublin was voted the world's second-friendliest by readers of another US travel bible, Conde Nast Traveler.
In Cork, "verdant hills bloom with wildflowers, rivers run through ruins, and courteous locals welcome visitors with open arms," Travel + Leisure reports.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, welcomed the news.
"Again and again, our research shows us that the friendliness of our people is one of our unique selling points.
"It is the warm welcome and the ‘craic’ here that resonates with our overseas visitors and makes our cities, and the island of Ireland, such a great choice for a short break or holiday," he added.
Read the full Travel + Leisure list here.