Courage needed to rekindle rural Ireland

Vacant council houses in Ballina town. One feature of many towns is the vacancy rate of homes and businesses. As such, attracting people back into the towns must be a priority.

We are now at a point where the decline of small Irish towns will continue and accelerate, writes Michael Clifford.

A series currently airing on TG4 taps into both the enduring nature of some things and the changing nature of others. Ar gClub follows the fortunes of members of four GAA clubs.

Kilmacud Crokes is based in the Dublin suburb of Stillorgan and is a major beneficiary of the explosion in popularity of the GAA’s games in the capital in the last decade or so. The other three clubs, Na Piarsaigh (Galway), Na Dunaibh (Donegal), and An Gaeltacht (Kerry) are all of the rural tradition in the association.

Sign in or register for FREE to continue enjoying and to comment on our great range of opinion writers

Not a member yet? Register here

More on this topic

Uber-style transport regime could lead to assaults, rape or even murder, taxi driver group says

Ideas to bring life back to hollowed-out rural towns

Risks from automation: Rural areas need vision to survive

'Every county' to benefit from €62m rural regeneration funding

More in this Section

Someone must broadcast the fact that RTÉ’s finances are perilous

Readers' Blog: Mental health services need change

Gambling legislation - Welcome move

EU sanctions Google again - €1.5bn fine almost meaningless

More by this author

Who will put our house(s) in order?

A United Ireland could be very divided

Is Tusla defending itself or our children?

Stop treating people as enemies of State


Has KRIB sounded the death knell for the immersion?

Bake: Delicious recipes with chocolate - the ultimate dessert ingredient

Trend of the week: How to simmer in a boiler suit

Ask an expert: Is my IVF child more likely to have behaviour problems?

More From The Irish Examiner