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Ireland's top 10 tourism towns revealed along with the nation's tidiest town

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Cobh in Cork made it onto the country's top tourism towns
Cobh in Cork made it onto the country's top tourism towns

The top ten highly commended tourism towns shortlisted for the award were announced today at the National Tidy Towns Awards.

The Top Ten Highly Commended Tourism Towns shortlisted for 2015 are:
 
Best Small Town                                             
 
Adare, Co. Limerick                                         
Ardmore, Co. Waterford                                   
Clonakilty, Co. Cork                                         
Kenmare, Co. Kerry                                        
Lismore, Co. Waterford
Sneem, Co. Kerry
 
Best Large Town
 
Cobh, Co. Cork
Killarney, Co. Kerry
Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
Tralee, Co. Kerry
 
The overall winners will be announced at a ceremony in The Morrison Hotel on 25 November where two overall winners will ultimately share the accolade of Ireland’s top Tourism Town – for the Best Large Town and the Best Small Town. 

Also announced earlier today was Ireland's tidiest town, which was named as Letterkenny. 

The Co Donegal town was named the best out of 862 towns and villages throughout the country that entered this year's SuperValu National Tidy Towns competition.

The Tourism Town Award, which is now in its fourth year, was specifically designed by Fáilte Ireland to encourage more Irish towns and villages to work together to enhance their appeal to tourists visiting their local area.

Speaking about the awards, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring TD said:

“It is great to see so many new towns shortlisted for the Tourism Towns Award this year, in particular those located along and around the Wild Atlantic Way and within Ireland’s Ancient East. The effort that these towns are making in the presentation of their local surroundings, as well as in the experience of their visitors, is to be commended and they should all be proud to be included in this shortlist.”