Derry ranked among ‘best places’ to live in Ireland

Derry has made it on to the long list in The Irish Times competition, The Best Place to Live in Ireland.

Derry has made it on to the long list in The Irish Times competition, The Best Place to Live in Ireland.

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Derry has made it on to the long list 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 locale.

Some of the other finalists include Portballintrae, in Antrim, Cork city, and Westport, in Mayo.

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, June 25.

The entry for Derry city was submitted by Alastair McConnell.

Speaking about the area, he said: “It often holds true that one never appreciates the place where they grew up – but not always.

“There can be moments in which a person sees familiar things around them with fresh eyes. Driving home after picking up a friend from Derry Airport allowed me this new perspective a few years ago.

“As we drove by the mottled fields and hills of the outskirts, then followed the river, climbing gradually to first outlying houses, and on into the heart of the Waterside area of Stroke City, all the while the North Londoner to my left seemed stunned.”

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.”

The winning place will be featured in full in the newspaper, with photos, interviews and The Irish Times will host a celebration in the winning place.