LivCom Best Cities Focuses on Ireland
Ireland’s County Wicklow, Abbeyleix in County Laois and Moynalty Village in Kells, County Meath are all shortlisted for LivCom Awards 2012 hosted in Al Ain from the 22nd – 26th November. The international LivCom Awards, endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme, recognises and celebrates the world’s most livable communities. The winner will be announced at the awards final in Al Ain on the 26th November.
The objective of LivCom is to develop and share International Best Practice to improve the quality of life of individual citizens through the creation of ‘liveable communities’. More than 50 countries have been represented at the awards.
A delegation from Wicklow County Council are travelling to Al Ain to take part in the event where they will be joined by H.E. Ciaran Madden, Ambassador of Ireland to the UAE. Speaking about the qualities that make Wicklow one of the world’s most livable cities, Councillor Pat Casey, Chairman of Wicklow County Council, said: “It is all about quality of life. The world’s best cities offer its residents a combination of comfort, convenience, entertainment and engagement. County Wicklow has all of the above, as well as its spectacular scenery. So stunning is the area that it has become a Hollywood regular, serving as the backdrop for Braveheart, King Arthur, P.S. I love you, The Tudors, and many more blockbusters. We see this as a testament to not only the setting, but also the warm Wicklow welcome we extend to all visitors.”
Ireland is no stranger to the awards, with Greystones, County Wicklow taking home Gold in 2008; Emly Village in County Tipperary taking home the silver award and Trim in County Meath taking the bronze award in the category for cities with populations of 20,000 or less in 2010. The same year, County Wicklow scooped the Gold Award in the category for population size 75,000 – 150,000.
Wicklow is known as the garden of Ireland with its pretty glens, rolling hills, and cascading waterfalls. Located just south of Dublin, its diverse landscape is dotted with historic elegant country houses and charming villages. Residents and tourists to the county enjoy access to an active outdoors lifestyle with accessible horse riding, golf, hiking, sailing, and stunning countryside.
Abbeyleix in County Laois is one of Ireland’s heritage towns, notable for the quality of its preserved historic buildings dating back as far as the mid eighteenth century. Residents as well as visitors enjoy picturesque surrounds.
Moynalty Village in County Meath is a rural paradise dating back to the Norman conquest of Ireland. It was an agricultural village from the start. The annual Steam Threshing Festival is a highlight in the village calendar; celebrating traditional life in rural Ireland, visitors can try their hand at everything from traditional farming to Irish music and song. The event attracts up to 30,000 visitors each year on the second Sunday of August.
To find out more about Ireland and its attractions, visit www.discoverireland.com.