Con­fer­ence in River Island Ho­tel as Sinn Féin Uachtarán pre­pares to ad­dress Castleis­land

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

A CON­FER­ENCE will take place in the River Island Ho­tel here in Castleis­land on Novem­ber 24 at 6.30pm.

The main topic of con­ver­sa­tion will fo­cus on ways in which life can be brought back to ru­ral Ire­land and the chal­lenges in­volved in do­ing so.

The key­note speaker on the evening will be Uachtarán Shinn Féin Mary Lou Mc Don­ald.

“By hold­ing this con­fer­ence we are tak­ing it upon our­selves, by hav­ing a gath­er­ing of minds, to think out­side the box and put in place ways in which the many as­pects of life in ru­ral Ire­land can be re­vived be­fore it’s too late,” said lo­cal or­gan­iser Kate McSweeney.

Pan­el­lists will in­clude Sinn Féin lo­cal and na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tives; lead­ers from agri­cul­tural as­so­ci­a­tions; lo­cal busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives; jour­nal­ists; as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives from towns and vil­lages who have coun­ter­acted de­cline in unique ways.

“Per­haps by ap­ply­ing some of the ideas gleaned from this dis­cus­sion, and in­deed that of the eco­nomic fo­rum held by the cham­ber al­liance in Septem­ber, Castleis­land could be seen as a proac­tive, pos­i­tive-think­ing town and act as a tem­plate for other strug­gling ru­ral towns go­ing for­ward.

“We can sit back and let the dec­i­ma­tion hap­pen around us or gather as a com­mu­nity and force re­vival,” said Ms McSweeney.

“Also we are at pre­sent work­ing on in­ter­view­ing a range of peo­ple in small towns/vil­lages amuigh san tuath who have strong opin­ions on where ru­ral Ire­land is at right now and who have been af­fected or have ex­pe­ri­ence of any of the fol­low­ing: Re­vok­ing of ser­vices such as post of­fice clo­sures; broad­band/ con­nec­tiv­ity is­sues; em­ploy­ment or lack of; is­sues fac­ing farm­ers; ed­u­ca­tion; ru­ral iso­la­tion; men­tal health is­sues and sur­vival of small busi­nesses.

“These in­ter­views will be used as part of a video project which will be shown at the con­fer­ence on Novem­ber 24.”

Con­tact Kate on 087 922 88 34 if you would like to con­trib­ute.

Uachtarán Shinn Féin, Mary Lou McDon­ald TD, with Kate McSweeney – the lo­cal or­gan­iser of the Castleis­land con­fer­ence on Novem­ber 24.

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