According to the Irish Times – these are the best places to live in Ireland 2012 .
Best Village : ARDARA, CO DONEGAL – the judges noted that it “makes the best of what it has and it has a lot for a relatively small place – schools, good shops – and it’s hard to get vacant premises in the village.”
Runner-up : Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary
Best Large Town : KILLARNEY, CO KERRY
The judges chose it as “a real place, not just for tourists”, noting its “mix of scenery such as the lakes, mountains, etc, and the ability to commute. The area also offers a great mix of activities.”
Runner-up : Greystones, Co Wicklow
Best City : CORK
CORK WAS noted as “lively, colourful, compact, welcoming, fun, and with plenty of variety in nightlife and restaurants”.
Runner-up : Waterford
Best Suburb: RATHMINES, DUBLIN
Rathmines was chosen for its diverse population, welcoming atmosphere, proximity to the city centre, schools, excellent local facilities and its “real main street”, with a variety of shopping.
Runner-up : Glenbeigh Road Area, Cabra, Dublin
Best Small Town : WESTPORT, CO MAYO
The town was chosen for its sustainable transport initiatives, its access to nature and its sustaining industries. It “has it all, plus employment”, said one judge.
Runner-up : Skerries, Co Dublin