Hard to disagree with that.
The town of Clonakilty has been named among the 20 best places to live in Ireland by the judges of the Irish Times, who published their longlist over the weekend.
While Clonakilty is without a doubt deserving of its place on the list, the only surprise is that it is the only Cork town or village to make it into the top 20. 470 areas around Ireland were nominated by over 2,400 members of the public before judges narrowed it down.
The longlist was decided by factors such “natural amenities; buildings; community initiatives and spirit; presence of clubs, societies and activities; good local services; diversity; a welcome for outsiders; transport links; employment opportunities; the price of property and housing supply; cost of living; digital links for distance working; safety and security.”
The entry for Clon notes that the population is a modest 4,592 and that the average house price is €289,860. The town received a total of nine public nominations.
The Irish Times’ verdict on Clonakilty notes: “There are 12 beaches within 12 miles, but community interaction is Clonakilty’s strong point. It was the country’s first ‘fair-trade’ town and first ‘autism-friendly’ town.
“The chamber of commerce was recently awarded ‘cool community’ status for its efforts at carbon reduction. It has both a local and a commuter economy, and housing supply is improving.”
The final winner of the Irish Times Best Place to Live contest will be announced later this month.
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