The judges have chosen their shortlist of five in The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021 competition.
Over the course of the summer, more than 2,400 members of the public nominated 470 locations in every county in Ireland. While the number of nominations was a factor in our original selection, the judges have now visited all locations to determine for themselves the quality of each one.
Each place was judged on criteria including: 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.
What the pitch says about Waterford City:
“Waterford city hits the sweet spot for size: not too small, not too big. Most amenities, from shopping to cliff walks, are within 15 minutes of the city. Tramore and Dunmore East are hubs for surfing, sailing and all things in between, and the Waterford Greenway has opened up the region. There’s a booming IT and pharma sector, and the local housing market provides many reasonable options for all types of housing.”
What The Irish Times says:
“Nobody here was surprised to hear Waterford was being considered as one of the best places to live in Ireland. It isn’t perfect, and suffers from the same problems as other cities, though perhaps on a smaller scale. But what it lacks in those attributes, it makes up for with its rich history, walkability, liveability and the ease of access to outdoor amenities.”
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