Kilcorney seminar to focus on rural living challenges
The many challenges of rural living will be the topic for discussion at a seminar to be held in Kilcorney, Co Cork, on Wednesday.
Kilcorney is typical of many small rural communities. Over the past 30 years, it has lost its creamery, post office, and local shop.
Pat Cox visited the village when he was European Parliament president in 2002 to highlight the importance of rural services and was photographed doing a radio interview from the local telephone box to highlight the importance of the issue.
“We met all of these challenges head-on,” said Donie Howard, local community activist. “With a key ingredient called community spirit, developed the village, and created many fine amenities, such as a river walks, an astroturf play area, a community playground and a centre with eight social houses.”
Mr Howard said dairy has always been the backbone of Kilcorney and this is now facing huge challenges from Brexit, inadequate prices and the next round of CAP.
“It is again time to take stock and begin planning for all these challenges,” he said, stressing that global problems are best solved in small communities from the bottom up rather than imposed from the top down.
John McNamara, Teagasc health and safety specialist, is the key speaker at the event, starting at 7.30pm.
He said farmers are less aware of health maintenance than other social groups, an issue in need of attention.
“Farmers think that they are healthy, because they are out in the fresh air doing active work, but the data on premature mortality does not support this belief.
“Stress is a normal symptom of modern living but if not managed properly can lead to a serious mental health crisis,” he said.
The meeting will also feature Noreen O’Rahilly, Teagasc, and a speaker from An Garda Síochána, who will address issues of rural crime and recent changes to road traffic laws.