|Cork scores poorly in online review|
|Written by Jason Kennedy|
|Thursday, 19 August 2010|
Despite acclaim from the Lonely Planet guide, it seems Irish people will always knock our own. A new website that rates towns features Cork City as the 51st best area in the country to live in – hardly a glowing reference for the Real Capital.
Still in its infancy, www.likeplace.ie gives people the opportunity to rate their areas based on law and order, economy, environment, schools, local services, sense of community, cost of living and general opinion. Cork City has the most votes out of any area in County Cork, with a total of 30, but is currently nestled in the middle of the Cork list.
Law and order and economy is rated at 3.7 out of 5, environment is at 3.2 out of 5, schools are at 4.3 out of 5, local services are marked 4 out of 5, while sense of community is at 4.1 5. Cost of living is at 3.2 out of 5 and general opinion is at 4.2 out of 5.
The other areas in Cork with the most ratings are Clonakilty, which is at 57th place, Bantry, which is at 76th place, Youghal, which is in 55th and Mallow, which is in 85th place.
Areas with fewer ratings are placing higher in the list. With one five out of five rating, Ballinlough, Ballymakeagh, Coolacoosane, Conna, Ballindangan and Kilavoy are currently rated the as the best places to live in Cork. The lowest rating areas in Cork, which have also just received one rating each are Ballycotton, Mitchelstown, Dunmanway, Mahon and Rathcormac.
Co-founder of likeplace.ie, Shane Diffily said they are looking for ways to make the ratings on the website fairer. The website, which has just passed 3,000 ratings, has already faced backlash from the town of Bray, which was rated as the worst area in Ireland by the website last year. The town's mayor wrote to national newspapers to express his discontent at the rating.
At that time, Cork was voted the worst county to live in. Mr Diffily, who lives in Dublin, said that people who are unhappy with their area's rating should take action by rating it themselves. "If you think that Cork is not being rated fairly, you should rate it yourself. It's you that do the ratings, not us. Use your own voice."
Cork doing much better now...
written by Shane, August 19, 2010
Add a few extra stats ... Cork county scores 3.8-out-of-5 overall.
That's ahead of Dublin, which scores 3.6.
But behind Kerry, which scores 4.0.
37 places in Co.Cork that been rated (that's the 2nd highest for any county in Ireland).
Donegal is still the most-liked county .. with a score of 4.3, from 27 places rated.
Combining all the scores, IRELAND itself scores 3.8-out-of-5, from 3,015 ratings.
More stats at http://www.likeplace.ie/zeitgeist/
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