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01/08/2021

Tipperary has ten nominations in the search for Ireland's best place to live

The closing date for entries is July 25

Rock of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel is one of Tipperary's best-known attractions

With less than a week to go to the closing of entries, it’s emerged that County Tipperary has received ten nominations for the Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021 competition.

This puts Tipperary level with Cavan but behind counties like Sligo and Offaly, who have eleven.

However, the county that has received the most nominations is Dublin with 239.

The north Dublin suburb of Malahide accounts for more than half of these with 129 entries, bringing it neck and neck with the Co Monaghan village of Glaslough, which has been nominated 130 times.

Other locations to receive multiple nominations in Dublin include Dún Laoghaire, Blackrock and Skerries, while outside of Dublin, Bray in Co Wicklow, Killarney in Co Kerry, Clonbur and Portumna in Co Galway, Dungarvan and Tramore in Co Waterford and the Inishowen peninsula in Co Donegal have all been nominated several times.

Altogether there have been 1,064 entries so far for the 32-county competition, which is organised by The Irish Times.

On a county-by-county basis Dublin is followed by Monaghan, with 199 entries in total, with Cork in third on 71.

Eight counties have five nominations or less. They are Kilkenny on five, Carlow, Westmeath and Tyrone on four, Fermanagh and Meath are on three while Longford and Armagh have two.

The Irish Times launched its search for the Best Place to Live in Ireland last month and invited people from all over the island to nominate their favourites.

Each nominated location will be judged on specific criteria including community spirit, local services and amenities, diversity, transport links, vibrancy of the local economy, cost of living, safety and of course the unique X factor.

During the summer, the nominated places will be researched and put before a panel of judges, who will choose an eventual winner in September.

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