This is the third award Dublin has received in recent weeks confirming what we already knew: we're just a great bunch of lads.
The results come from the annual reader survey of Travel + Leisure, a major US travel magazine based in New York. Galway came in first position, with Dublin coming in third and Cork in fourth place.
Every year, Travel + Leisure asks its readers to decide on their favourite cities around the globe, in its annual World’s Best Awards, a reader survey which rates destinations and travel providers.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, was chuffed with the news:
I am delighted to see three of our cities appear in the prestigious Travel + Leisure survey of friendly cities around the globe. It is another well-deserved accolade for Galway, Dublin and Cork. 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.
Why did Dublin make the cut? Travel + Leisure had this to say about our city:
The people of Dublin’s confident, cosmopolitan, and gregarious nature is best experienced at the din the new Hipster Triangle, where creative locals indulge in “only-in-Ireland” ice cream flavors at Murphy’s (think toasted Irish oats and brown bread made with milk from Kerry cows) and dig in to Jo’Burger. Here, picnic tables fill up during lunch hour with jars of house-made, grown-up lemonade and Charolais burgers.
According to the 2015 Travel + Leisure survey, here are the world's top 10 friendliest cities:
2. Charleston, South Carolina
5. Siem Reap, Cambodia
6. Auckland, New Zealand
7. Melbourne, Australia
8. Sydney, Australia
9. Edinburgh, Scotland
10. Savannagh, Georgia
So basically, the world just insists on reminding us how much we rock.