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Ennis named ‘Ireland’s Friendliest Place’ at AIBMS Retail Excellence Awards 2022

18 November 2022

Ennis, County Clare, known as the ‘Boutique Capital of Ireland’, was officially named ‘Ireland’s Friendliest Place’ at the AIBMS Retail Excellence Awards ceremony at the Galmont Hotel, Galway, on Saturday, 12th November.

Ennis retail stores made a huge impression on the mystery shoppers in July of this year to secure the town a shortlisting for this award, along with Ashbourne and Moynalty in County Meath, Monaghan Town and Carrick-on-Shannon in County Leitrim. This was followed by a public vote which took place in October.  

Following the announcement, Mayor of Ennis Municipal District, Cllr Clare Colleran Molloy, said: “This recognition is testament to all those retailers in the town who are committed to making Ennis a great place to visit and shop. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who took the time to vote for Ennis.” 

Carmel Kirby, Director of Service with Clare County Council, added: “This win is an acknowledgement of the strong collaborative work by the retail and community sector and other stakeholders in Ennis, to provide a unique town centre experience.”

Established by Retail Excellence in 1997, the Retail Excellence Awards aims to promote best practice and encourage high standards in the Irish retail industry.


Pictured at the AIBMS Retail Excellence Awards on Saturday, 12th November, 2022, where Ennis, Co. Clare, was named ‘Ireland’s Friendliest Place’, were (l-r): Rosemarie Noone, Project Lead, Experience Ennis; Niamh O’Connor, Administrative Officer, Ennis Municipal District; Minister Damien English TD, Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail; Cllr Clare Colleran Molloy, Mayor, Ennis Municipal District; Leonore O’Neill, Senior Executive Officer, Ennis Municipal District; and Hector Ó hEochagáin.

Page last reviewed: 18/11/22

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