Inishbofin, Co. Galway has beaten off competition from over 1,400 entries from all over Ireland to make the final five in The Irish Times Best Place to Holiday in Ireland competition.
The other finalists still in the running to be named Ireland’s favourite holiday spot are Derry City; Killarney, Co. Kerry; Loop Head peninsula, Co. Clare; and Glen of Aherlow, Co. Tipperary. The winning place will be announced in The Irish Times on Monday, 27 May.
The entry for Inishbofin was submitted by Hugh McMahon. Speaking about the area he said: “When you go on holidays you want to come back having had a new experience, unique to you that can cause immediate jealousy in the people you tell about it. Inishbofin Island is just the place to find that. From the minute you get off the ferry you know that you are in a magical place. The spectacular scenery, the fresh Atlantic air and the pace of life immediately allow you to breathe deeper and it slows you down to allow you to catch up with yourself. You leave the mainland and the personality you inhabit there behind and release your true self.”
The competition is being judged by a panel of four national experts; Eamon Ryan, Leader of the Green Party, tourism entrepreneur and former Minister; Margaret Jeffares, founder of the Good Food Ireland initiative and tourism entrepreneur; Rosita Boland, Irish Times journalist and author of ‘A Secret Map of Ireland’ and Steve McPhilemy, Derry-based hostel owner and tour guide with Paddywagon Tours.
The winning holiday destination will be named The Best Place to Holiday in Ireland on Monday, 27 May in The Irish Times. The winning destination will then be featured in full in the newspaper on Saturday 1 June, with photos and interviews with the people and businesses that make the place an ideal destination to visit. In addition, The Irish Times will host a celebration party in the winning holiday spot. To view video clips of all the shortlisted places, visit www.irishtimes.com/bestplace.
The Irish Times ‘Best Place to Holiday in Ireland’ competition is supported by DiscoverIreland.ie.