2014 Irish Rural Link Annual Conference


Annual Conference 2014

Rural Learning

Míchael Ó Muircheartaigh

Prof. Ciarán Ó Catháin – President Athlone IT

Alice McDonnell – Le Chéile

Billy Murphy Chairperson – Irish Rural Link

Dr. Maura Farrell – NUIG

Swedish Rural Parliament

Friday 9th
Moate Business Park
Co. Westmeath


Rural learning


Access to education and skills training

The sustainability of rural communities has never been more under threat than it is now. Since

the crisis began, communities have seen the widespread closure of services, schools, garda

stations, and the consequence loss of jobs. It is now recognised that rural areas will need to hold

on to its youth and in doing that it will need to provide jobs. One of the key cornerstones to job

creation will be the quality and availability of opportunities to re-skill, re-train and acquire the

The 2014 Irish Rural Link annual Conference will seek to explore ways and means to achieve

such aims. The conference will hear of the latest thinking of the education providers and will

capacity to develop businesses that will create jobs.

also hear from people who have gained as a result of further training.


Conference starts at 9.30am – 1.30pm


• Followed by IRL AGM & Lunch with presentation to IRL Rural Awards Winners

• Short tour to Clara Bog Visitors Centre


Tel. 090 6482744: Email: maria@irishrurallink.ie


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