Galway has been named Ireland’s most popular post-lockdown travel destination
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Galway has been named Ireland’s most popular post-lockdown travel destination

GALWAY HAS been named the most popular destination in Ireland for people to travel to once lockdown ends. 

That’s according to a survey conducted by sustainable business SunDrift as Ireland moves into the second phase of the Government’s plans for lifting restrictions. 

As Lovin.ie reports, while holidays abroad are off the menu in the immediate future, there are plenty of appealing options close to home. 

The survey commissioned by SunDrift found 90% of the public are planning to travel more once lockdown ends while the majority favour a staycation over a trip abroad. 

Ireland’s tourism industry could be set for a much-needed boost, according to the study, with 60% of respondents ranking a local holiday as their preferred choice for the year. 

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By contrast, just 30% said they would seek a holiday abroad, while a further 10% plan on skipping a summer break this year. 

And when it comes to the most popular Irish destination for holidaymakers, Galway comes out on top, with 24% of the overall vote. 

Aerial image of Galway city (Getty Images)

Kerry and Wexford were tied in second place with 16% each while Cork, Donegal and Sligo each received 12% of the vote.  

The study also found 65% of people plan on leaving their home county once restrictions are lifted. 

However, in a surprising development, just half of motorists polled said they actually missed driving during lockdown. 

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Commenting on the survey’s findings, SunDrift founder Fiona Parfrey, said: 

“Having been confined for the past couple of months it’s clear from our survey that the Irish public has every intention of getting outdoors, exploring and making new memories as soon as the opportunity arises.

"We may have been grounded this summer but it seems Irish travellers have every intention of taking flight once things return to normal!”