Donegal’s towns and villages have failed to make it into the final 20 of the Irish Times Best Places to Live in Ireland competition.
More than 470 places were recommended by 2,400 readers across Ireland including many from Donegal.
However, despite the scramble from half of Ireland top spend their staycation in the North-West this summer, Donegal failed to make the final 20 chosen by a team of judges form the newspaper.
While number of nominations was a factor in our selection of the 20 locations below, the quality of the place itself was the chief consideration, says the Irish Times.
Each place on this list was judged on criteria including: natural amenities; buildings; community initiatives and spirit; presence of clubs, societies and activities; good local services; diversity; a welcome for outsiders; transport links; employment opportunities; the price of property and housing supply; cost of living; digital links for distance working; safety and security.
Our neighbours in Derry and Fermanagh did manage to make the final 20 places.
A winner will be chosen from the shortlist at the end of September.