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Which town is the most romantic in Ireland?

Your town may be on the top ten most romantic list…or the least romantic list.

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IF YOU’RE STRUGGLING to think of an amorous setting  for this Valentine’s Day, you might consider Bailieborough in Co Cavan, which has been named the most romantic town in Ireland.

More Valentine’s chocolates and gifts are sold at the Tesco store in Bailieborough than in any other town in Ireland, mostly bought by wives and girlfriends. Over one third of all customers in the store pick up a Valentine’s Day treat for their other half in the week leading up to the most romantic day of the year, the retailer said today.

Arklow in County Wicklow comes a close second, with men leading the way, buying more cards and flowers than at any other store in Ireland.

If you live in Dublin City Centre or Cork City Centre then don’t hold your breath for a Valentine’s card this year – these places have the least romantic inhabitants according to Tesco sales.

Ireland’s Top 10 most romantic locations are:

  • Bailieborough (Cavan)
  • Arklow (Wicklow)
  • Celbridge (Kildare)
  • Edenderry (Offaly)
  • Tramore (Waterford)
  • Nenagh (Tipperary)
  • Kilrush (Clare)
  • Clonmel (Tipperary)
  • Drogheda (Louth)
  • Naas (Kildare)

Ireland’s Top 10 least romantic locations are:

  • Jervis Street (Dublin City Centre)
  • Paul Street (Cork City Centre)
  • Stillorgan (County Dublin)
  • Tallaght (Dublin)
  • Arthur’s Quay (Limerick City Centre)
  • Clondalkin (Dublin)
  • Bloomfields (Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin)
  • Dundalk (Louth)
  • Dooradoyle (Limerick)
  • Kilbarrack (Dublin)

Commenting on the data today, Modern Matchmaker Avril Mulcahy said:

This research has shown that women tend to plan Valentine’s Day more as an event, picking up cards and novelty items over the two weeks leading up to the day, and choosing items such as candles and table accessories to really create a romantic ambiance. Men however tend to stick to traditional gifts such as flowers and chocolates, and tend to buy their cards at the last minute.

How will you be spending your Valentine’s Day?

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