Rural areas are diverse, each facing a unique set of opportunities and challenges that are often closely informed by their proximity to urban centres. Proximity to larger urban centres can have a strong bearing on the vibrancy - or not - of rural towns and villages.

The vibrancy or vulnerability of rural places can also be impacted by the role nostalgia and associated rural narratives play in influencing the rural development agenda. How rural change is understood shapes how the future is imagined in terms of both policy and practitioner responses.

This 1-day conference provides a timely opportunity for dialogue and debate on the future of rural Ireland, particularly our rural towns and villages. This event will consider the current nuances in rural policy and practice, and the imperative of framing a new narrative for rural Ireland - without losing the 'essence' of place. A shared challenge for central. regional and local government, together with rural communities, is to co-create vibrant rural societies that embrace increasingly diverse rural economies and are sustainable into the future.

This event considers the interventions required to sustain and build vibrant rural societies across the island of Ireland. As with the previous events in this series, it recognises that reframing the future of Rural Ireland requires a cross-disciplinary dialogue that has regard to the realities of 21st Century living, and the impact of this on both the built and natural environment. The conference will have contributions demonstrating experience / best practice at international level

If you wish to register now for this event please email your name, organisation and position to [email protected].

Programme Death by Nostalgic Sentiment 26 September 2019

Date for Diary Death by Nostalgic Sentiment 26th September 2019