Waterford City has just been named the Best Place to Live in Ireland in 2021.
The Irish Times launched its search for the Best Place to Live in Ireland back in June and it was today revealed that Waterford has been chosen as the overall winner.
Members of the public were invited to nominate their favourite place to live and over six weeks more than 2,400 entries for 470 locations were received.
After being shortlisted in the top 20, then again in the top five, a panel of judges visited Waterford, along with Clonakilty in Co Cork, Galway city, Glaslough in Co Monaghan and Killarney in Co Kerry.
Each place was judged on broad criteria including natural amenities, buildings, community initiatives and spirit, presence of clubs and societies, good local services, transport links, employment opportunities, diversity, the price of property and housing supply, and cost of living.
Judges included media representatives, architects and public health experts among many others and after 15 weeks of deliberation, a winner has finally been selected.