Community project in Cork unites generations in melody

  Pupils of Rath National School, Baltimore with Liz Clarke, Paula K O'Brien, teachers Maeve O'Sullivan and Suzy McCarthy. Pic: Anne Minihane.   A colourful community project which draws children and older people together in a musical celebration continues today in West Cork. Under The Starling Song Project, a series of highly original melodies were … Continue reading Community project in Cork unites generations in melody

Michael Ring: Government intends to redistribute investment to rural areas

Project Ireland 2040 will make villages and towns more attractive places to live, in expectation of substantial population growth, says Michael Ring. The Department of Rural and Community Development was created by the Taoiseach last June, at an opportune time. As someone who has spent his career working with rural communities, I intend to help rural … Continue reading Michael Ring: Government intends to redistribute investment to rural areas

Community group walks into difficulty over ‘unauthorised’ track build

A community group in West Waterford could run into difficulty with planning laws over the unauthorised construction of a surfaced track near a local beauty spot. An Bord Pleanála has ruled that planning permission is required for a forest walk being developed by the Comeragh Community Development Group near Mahon Falls, in the Comeragh Mountains. … Continue reading Community group walks into difficulty over ‘unauthorised’ track build

COMPARING RURAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES IN FOUR IRISH COMMUNITIES, 1930–2005

Research Analysis This research analyses change and adaptation in four Irish rural communities that have followed distinct paths of rural transition from localised market towns to participants in a global economy. Three of the four study communities – Ballaghaderreen in County Roscommon, Cashel in County Tipperary and Millstreet in County Cork – were traditionally agricultural … Continue reading COMPARING RURAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES IN FOUR IRISH COMMUNITIES, 1930–2005