The rejuvenation of rural Ireland at a time of unprecedented change in social and economic life is a great challenge for citizens and policymakers alike, writes Joe Gill.
A ramble through towns and villages across Ireland reveals, time and again, shops and properties for rent or sale if not closed and disused.
It would be simple to conclude this trend towards larger city living is an inexorable trend that cannot be reversed, but life is not and should never be simple.
The fight back is already evident in some towns and there are others where similar positivity is in the air. Clonakilty and Bandon in West Cork are two good examples.
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