The results of a survey organised by "Retail Excellence" - ended up with this list of the top 20 towns and cities in Ireland. The survey was based on answers to questiona about things such as facilities, shops, restaurants,
Westport County Mayo score 85.61%
Killarney - Kerry 84.58%
Swords - Dublin 83.92%
Ashbourne - Meath 82.28%
Dungarvan - Waterford 80.40%
Carrickmacross - Monaghan 80.10%
Clonakilty - Cork 79.31%
Malahide - Dublin 78.07%
Skerries - Dublin 78.06%
Listowel - Kerry 77.55%
Kilkenny City - Kilkenny 76.54%
Castleknock - Dublin 76.50%
Tramore - Waterford 75.06%
Galway City - Galway 75.02%
Tullamore - Offaly 74.48%
Wexford - Wexford 74.04%
Ratoath - Meath 73.99%
Carrick on Shannon. - Leitrim 73.00%
Cobh - Cork 71.80%
Kinsale - Cork 71.45%
The top 2 towns - Westport and Killarney are major tourist destinations. The survey results may be biased because many of the respondents will be involved in the tourist business and are probably more likely to give positive results
The key questions in the survey were :
1. Is there an abundant number of car parking spaces available?
2 Is car parking competitively priced?
3 Has the town/city a unique and attractive streetscape?
4 Is this town/city well presented and maintained?
5 Has this town/city a large number of quality retail stores to choose from?
6 Has this town/city a large number of quality restaurants & pubs to choose from?
7 Is there a lot to do and see in this town/city?
8 Do you feel safe and secure when you visit this town/city?
9 Is this town/city family friendly?
10 Is this town/city my first choice destination for shopping?
11 Is this town/city my first choice destination for dining & entertainment?
12 Are there many events and promotions being run in this town/city?
13 Does this town/city have a unique and positive image?
The bottom 10 towns in the survey were