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Cork is named as world’s third friendliest city

Tuesday, 14th August, 2018 10:26am

Cork's appeal has been recognised once more as it has been voted the third friendliest city in the world by a world-renowned travel magazine.

The city by the Lee fended off competition from rival Irish cities Dublin and Galway to land the third spot in Condé Nast Traveller’s August 2018 poll.

The travel magazine’s editors cited the city’s “picturesque, riverfront location” and “cozy pubs and beer gardens where you can enjoy the outdoors while sharing a table with friendly ” as some of the elements contributing to its charm.

Cork ranks amongst cities such as Puebla in Mexico, Chiang Mai in Thailand, Queenstown in New Zealand , Adelaide in Australia and Victoria in British Columbia, Canada for its friendly, welcoming spirit. It was only beaten by Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, which placed second, and San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, which retained the top spot for the second year running.

In the poll, visitors to Cork are advised to call to the ubiquitous English Market for fruit, vegetables, fish, meat and poultry, as well as for a spot of people-watching from the balcony of the Farmgate Cafe.

The historic Shandon quarter also gains editors’ praise for the Cork Butter Museum and the iconic Shandon Bells, where visitors can ring out their own tunes over the city, with the magazine expressing their sympathy with the Shandon residents on account of this.

The poll also recommended visiting establishments such as Market Lane, Idaho Cafe, Café Paradiso, Les Gourmandises and Mutton Lane to soak up local flavour as well as colour.

Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Mick Finn said: “It’s fantastic to see that global media is picking up on the friendliness of Corkonians and their innate curiosity about visitors, which makes Cork City a place of welcome.”

Head of Tourism in Cork City Council Jo Gazely added: “We’re delighted to see Cork city being voted in the top ten friendliest cities in the world – Cork city is an exciting destination that is busy, vibrant and cosmopolitan.”

Welcoming the performance of Irish cities in the poll, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Again and again, our research shows us that the friendliness of our people is one of our unique selling points. It is the warm welcome and the ‘craic’ here that resonates with our overseas visitors and makes our cities, and the island of Ireland, such a great choice for a short break or holiday.”

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