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.

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