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Two Irish cities voted among the top six friendliest cities in the world

Dublin came in in third position, with Galway in sixth place.

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DUBLIN AND GALWAY have been voted among the top six friendliest cities in the world, according to Condé Nast Traveler magazine.

The annual reader survey of the US travel magazine put Dublin in third position, with Galway in sixth place.

Every year, Condé Nast Traveler asks its readers to decide on their favourite cities around the globe. Readers rated the places where they felt most welcome in the Readers Choice Awards survey.

Charleston in South Carolina was voted as the world’s friendliest city with Sydney, Australia in second position ahead of Dublin.

The top ten friendliest cities, according to the 2016 Condé Nast Traveler survey, are:

1. Charleston, South Carolina

2. Sydney, Australia

3. Dublin

4. Queenstown, New Zealand

5. Park City, Utah

6. Galway

7. Savannagh, Georgia

8. Kraków, Poland

9. Bruges, Belgium

10. Nashville, Tennessee

The survey was taken by 128,000 readers this year.

What they said about us

The readers had very positive things to say about both Galway and Dublin, describing exactly what they loved about the cities in their comments.

Galway impressed readers with “live music in the pubs and in the street, the food,” and the vibe.

Just look at this city – it’s hard not to be charmed.

One reader, in all caps, said, “THESE ARE THE FRIENDLIEST PEOPLE I HAVE EVER MET.”

Speaking about Dublin, one reader described how, ”The people make the place” here, with “pubs and restaurants filled with locals and tourists alike, coming together to celebrate life.”

“The Irish are so much fun,” and “there’s always a smiling face to talk to.”

We had best recommendations on where to go and what to see from the locals… better than any guide book.

CEO of Tourism Ireland Niall Gibbons 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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