The Irish town came out top from more than 40 other towns across Europe. The judges said that the quality of the town centre and Clonakilty’s location close to the sea and beautiful beaches make it an attractive place to live, do business and visit.
The Urbanism Awards are an initiative of The Academy of Urbanism, a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the quality of life for urban dwellers.
It visited and assessed 150 examples of the best, most enduring or most improved urban environments across Europe, taking into account social, economic and environmental factors.
During the ceremony, the Danish capital of Copenhagen was crowned European City of the Year. It beat fellow finalists Eindhoven and Montpellier to win the title. The judges praised the city for its collaborative approach to planning its development, which has put citizens at the heart of decision-making over the past 20 years. Its open governance and ‘unplanned planning’ have resulted in a string of exceptional spaces, the citation said.
The English city of Bristol’s self-build development, Ashley Vale, took home the Great Neighbourhood award, while Walthamstow’s Wood Street was awarded the Great Street prize. Waterford in Ireland won Great Place for its Viking Triangle cultural and heritage area.