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The ‘friendliest place in Ireland’ has been named

One of the things Ireland is most famous for around the world is the friendliness of the people.

Indeed, many tourists who visit the country head back saying that the highlight of their trip was meeting people in local pubs as much as the sights and scenery.

But which part of Ireland has the friendliest people of all?

Ennis has been named as the friendliest place in Ireland
Music and dancing at Knox’s pub, Ennis

Well, according to the Retail Ireland Excellence Awards, the honour goes to Ennis, Co. Clare.

The awards took place at the Malton Hotel in Killarney and celebrated the ‘significant contribution being made by retailers, city and county councils in driving standards’.

CEO of Retail Excellence, David Fitzsimons said: “We were delighted with the quality of entries received this year and the standard set was second to none.

“It is always difficult to choose a winner but Ennis is a standard bearer in driving customer excellence, hospitality and pride in their town.

“Ireland is renowned the world over for its warm welcome and hospitality to all.

“This is particularly evident in retail operations throughout every village, town and city in the country and Ennis demonstrates this in abundance. Ennis and Clare County Council can be proud of this achievement and the team at Retail Excellence would like to commend them for their very significant efforts.”

Ennis is a great place for tourists to stay as it is a short drive from some of Ireland’s most stunning attractions such as the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher and Bunratty Castle.

It is also near the popular tourism hot spots of Galway and Killarney as well as the Wild Atlantic Way.

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