Longford finishes 92nd in best town list

Longford is the country’s 92nd favourite retail town according to a publication released by the Sunday Independent at the weekend.

Longford is the country’s 92nd favourite retail town according to a publication released by the Sunday Independent at the weekend.

The survey, carried out by Retail Excellence Ireland (REI), was compiled in order to find Ireland’s top 100 towns and cities to shop in and visit and is part of the group’s drive to re-invigorate town and city centres across the country.

Over 16,000 people took part in the survey across 100 towns nationwide, making it the largest study of its kind to be carried out in this country.

Questions which featured on the study asked those who took part about key issues such as the attractiveness and uniqueness of Longford town’s streetscape, how safe the individual feels while in the town, the amount to do in the town, and the quality of its pubs and restaurants.

The survey found that as far as Longford town’s citizens were concerned, just under a half (47 percent) of those surveyed agreed the town has a unique attractiveness about it.

Fifty-three percent felt safe while in their home town, 46 percent agreed there was plenty to do in the town, while just 43 percent felt Longford had plenty of quality pubs and restaurants to visit.

It was Westport in County Mayo, winner of three Tidy Towns awards over the past decade who took top spot with a 85.6 percent overall approval, finishing narrowly ahead of Killarney in County Kerry (84.5) and Swords (83.9) in north County Dublin. Kilkenny was the highest ranked city in the survey, finishing eleventh with a 76.5 percent rating.

Elsewhere, Carrick-on-Shannon in County Leitrim was the best placed town in the region finishing 18th, Cavan town was placed 32nd, while Roscommon town finished 45th having received a large backing of over 90 percent from its own population.

Following on from this survey, REI will now seek to form a National Town and City Revival Executive which will disseminate best town management practice and will actively promote such practice in all towns and cities across Ireland.

The Executive will be made up of Town, County and City Managers, NAMA, An Gardai, Chambers Ireland and Failte Ireland.