Clonakilty wins RIAI ‘Best Place of the Year 2017’

Posted on: 29th June, 2017

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

Clonakilty won ‘Best place of the Year 2017’ at the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) awards last weekend.

The award marks the second phase of Cork County Council’s Clonakilty 400 Urban Design Master Plan where safety, inclusive design and place making were crucial principles to further establish the pedestrian priority over the motor car, already applied to Asna and Emmet Squares.

Phase one of the Masterplan saw Clonakilty win the RIAI Public Choice Award in 2014.

Deputising for the Mayor of the County of Cork and Clonakilty native Cllr Christopher O’Sullivan spoke of the success at this people-centred approach, ‘This award is the icing on the cake for what has been an award winning year for Clonakilty. Following on from our success at the ‘Great Town’ award in London last November, this award is further recognition for our incredible new streetscape. “Clonakilty’s popularity as a tourism destination is growing quickly and we are seeing tourism figures grow year after year.

Cllr O’Sullivan went on to say, “Clonakilty is now a far more pedestrian-friendly town. It is a town for people. Much of this can be attributed to the fantastic work of Cork County Councils Architects Department who have created spaces that the community use for events and gatherings, as was seen at the hugely successful Clonakilty street carnival last weekend.”

The now completed Clonakilty Masterplan project has resulted in an increase in footfall and economic development of the town.

Pictured l-r: RIAI president Carol Pollard; Paul Deere, Dulux Paint Ireland Award’s sponsor; Giulia Vallone, Cork County Council; Cllr Christopher O’Sullivan, Deputising for the Mayor of Cork County; Clare Reidy, Cork County Council and Sean McLoughlin Cork County Council.
Pic: Conor Healy

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