Cloughjordan has made it on to the longlist in The Irish Times competition The Best Place to Live in Ireland. It will join 24 other places in the race to become Ireland’s nicest neck-of-the-woods. Some of the other finalists include Sandymount in Dublin, Carrick on Shannon in Leitrim and Abbeyleix in Laois.
Every county in the country was represented in the competition, with 563 entries submitted in total. The winner will be announced in The Irish Times on Monday, 25th June. To view the longlist and to read the full submission for Cloughjordan, visit www.irishtimes.com/bestplace.
The entry for Cloughjordan was submitted by Katrina Bouchier. Speaking about the area she said:
“I moved to Cloughjordan in November 2010 and was immediately taken by the vibrancy and warmth of the community: those who had been born into this North Tipperary oasis, and those who chose it as the location of the dynamic eco village. Cloughjordan has it all: fantastic countryside, vibrant arts and cultural pursuits and a marvellous community.”
Speaking about the finalists, Conor Goodman, Features Editor, The Irish Times and Chairperson of the Judging Panel, said, “The competition has been very competitive, with so many entries from every part of the country. Now only 25 areas remain, and the judges have an even tougher decision ahead of them. They will be looking at every aspect of these places, from their beauty, to their community spirit, their services, and transport issues. We look forward to revealing the winner in two weeks’ time.”
The winning place will be named The Best Place to Live in Ireland on Monday, 25th June in The Irish Times. They will then be featured in full in the newspaper, with photos, interviews and the original entry. In addition, The Irish Times will host a celebration party in the winning place, where a plaque will be erected to mark the achievement of the town or village.