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Ireland has just been named as the world's number one “good” country

Ireland has just been named as the world’s number one “good” country

Ireland has been named as the world’s number one “good” country in the Good Country Index. The Index looks at how much each country contributes to both the planet and the human race. It aims to highlight the consequences of every country’s behaviour and encourage each nation and its government to be more outward looking.

Nations are ranked by combining 35 separate indicators from international institutions. Each countries score is divided by its GDP so that smaller and poorer countries are not unduly penalised.

The Emerald Isle tops the list followed by Finland, Switzerland, The Netherlands and New Zealand.

Sweden, The UK, Norway, Denmark and Belgium round out the top 10 countries ranked overall.

For those looking to visit the world’s ‘goodest’ country, here are a few of the top-rated hotels on

Willowbrook Bed & Breakfast

Willowbrook Bed & Breakfast

Willowbrook Bed & Breakfast, Nenagh

Located in Nenagh, in the heart of Tipperary, this Bed & Breakfast provides a great base for guests close to the centre of town. Close to Lough Derg, activities like sailing are available for water enthusiasts, while those who prefer to remain on dry land may opt for a game of golf at one of the nearby courses.

Homey and comfortable, this accommodation is well maintained and offers guests a cosy getaway.

Inishowen Lodge Bed & Breakfast

Inishowen Bed and Breakfast, XX

Inishowen Bed and Breakfast, Moville

A cosy Bed & Breakfast in Moville, the Inishowen Lodge Bed & Breakfast is a great option for those looking for beach-side retreat. Enjoy a traditional Irish breakfast before setting out for a day of sightseeing.

The rooms are comfortable and clean, with spectacular views of the beautiful Lough Foyle. Close to the town centre, restaurants, traditional Irish pubs and shops are a mere five minute drive away.

Moyglare Lodge Country House

Moyglare Lodge

Moyglare Lodge, Killinick

Located in the peaceful surrounds of Killinick, the lodge is a short drive from Rosslare Europort and Selskar Abbey. With generous rooms and superb views of the beautiful grounds guests will enjoy a relaxing getaway at this luxury beach-side Bed & Breakfast.

Just a walk to the nearby Irish pubs and restaurants, the lodge offers guests a traditional and authentic Irish accommodation experience.

Shealane Country House

Shealane Country House

Shealane Country House, on the idyllic Valentia Island

With only four individually decorated rooms available, Shealane Country House is situated on the idyllic Valentia Island. The Bed & Breakfast accommodation features spectacular views of both the Kerry Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.

Enjoy a traditional breakfast in the modern conservatory before heading off to explore Portmagee and the Skellig Experience.

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