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Ireland has three of the world’s four friendliest cities

Ireland has always had a great reputation as a friendly and welcoming country and a recent survey has gone a long way to confirm that reputation.

Three Irish cities have been named in a list of the friendliest cities in the world which was compiled by American travel magazine ‘Travel + Leisure’.

Every year Travel + Leisure asks its readers to tell them about places that they have visited and how they enjoyed their holiday.

Irish city is named friendliest in the world + two more in the top four. Image copyright Ireland Calling

They put their findings together to produce their annual ‘World’s Best Awards’ – which reveal how their readers rated both destinations and travel providers.

Galway took the number one spot in the friendliest cities category, while Dublin and Cork were also in the top four.

The magazine said that Galway had taken the number one spot because of the lively atmosphere and abundance of live music.

It said: “Fiddlers and banjo players, flautists and whistlers bang out traditional Irish reels on pedestrian streets and in all the pubs.”

Meanwhile Dublin was praised for the locals who are ‘confident, cosmopolitan, and gregarious’.

The magazine said of Cork: “Verdant hills bloom with wildflowers, rivers run through ruins, and courteous locals welcome visitors with open arms.

“If, despite being surrounded by some of the friendliest people in the world, you still need a break from socialising, take to the new Wild Atlantic Way: a scenic driving route stretching 1,500 miles along the coast.”

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said today: “Again and again, our research shows us that the friendliness of our people is one of our unique selling points.

“It is the warm welcome and the ‘craic’ here that resonates with our overseas visitors and makes our cities, and the island of Ireland, such a great choice for a short break or holiday.”

Galway also has the honour of being Ireland’s most romantic city, according to a vote by the Irish public.

The top ten friendliest cities in the world

1. Galway, Ireland
2. Charleston, South Carolina, USA
3. Dublin, Ireland
4. Cork, Ireland
5. Siem Reap, Cambodia
6. Auckland, New Zealand
7. Melbourne, Australia
8. Sydney, Australia
9. Edinburgh, Scotland
10. Savannagh, Georgia

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  1. Heather Jordan Khan

    Just returned from 9 days in the village of Adare, Co Limerick …made many friends in a short time….easy walking, craic, history, nature, good food…1826 ADARE is brilliant! and Sean and Pat Collins’ Pubs for a pint and fish and chips, delicious and delightful.

  2. I am a frequent visitor to beautiful Ireland with my goal of visiting each county. On my many trips I have been so lucky to have met some of the most friendly warm and generous people. That in itself has posed a slight problem as now when I visit it is to see old friends but to also include a new county . I am proud to say I have now visited 20 counties each one with its own special memories . I look forward to completing my goal and hope to pull it all together as I have kept journals of my adventures . Great stories, great food , great sites ,great music it goes on and on , but the greatest of all is the wonderful people !

  3. Was wondering if you have any Ireland’s Calling magazines to revieve in the mail….love looking.at them.online but my hubsand is Irish and would love to receive this from Ireland ….

  4. Thanks Betsy Keys Farrell, I have made the change. Sorry if any offense was caused 🙂

  5. Betsy Keys Farrell

    Charleston is in South Carolina, not North Carolina. It may not seem like a big difference, but for South Carolinians who consider Charleston one of the jewels of South Carolina it is a significant distinction.

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