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10 best tourism towns named

A SHORTLIST has been drawn up of 10 places around the country that are in contention to be named Ireland's best tourism town.

The Failte Ireland award has been set up to recognise towns and villages that have gone the extra mile to make Ireland even more attractive for visitors.

Cobh, Co Cork, Drogheda, Co Louth, Ennis, Co Clare, Kenmare and Tralee, Co Kerry, Kilkenny town and Letterkenny, Co Donegal, have all made the list.

Three towns in Co Mayo – Mulranny, Murrisk and Westport – have also been nominated.

The award will be announced at a ceremony later this week. Last year Portmagee, in Co Kerry, was crowned the inaugural winner.

"Tourism isn't just a business, it's a community industry and that's why the whole community has a role in supporting tourism," Minister of State for Tourism, Michael Ring, said.

Many of the towns taking part have embraced The Gathering initiative, organising community events locally.