AGAINST THE TIDE
Topic of the practice
The economic regeneration of Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Good Practice Information
Against the tide” is an example of how public, semi public and private organisations can collaborate in regenerating the economy of an area, in this case of Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo, Ireland.
Kiltimagh is a rural town which until the 1990s suffered from unemployment, economic stagnation, population decline, deprivation, no investment in business, and low income levels.
Funding came available through an annual local collection and later through LEADER. A corporate structure was put in place which has been innovative in implementing a wide range of development programmes for Kiltimagh over three phases (1998-2001, 2002-2004, 2005 to date). The process has involved 23 public, semi public and private organisations. The focus was on increasing employment, stabilising population, improving training, improving economic activity, encouraging enterprises, developing tourism and the arts, culture and heritage and putting in place an enhancement programme.
The concept of the project can be transferred to any region that can put in place a Development Programme to increase the rural population and improve the economic activity, with the co-operation of State Agencies and the general public.
Evidence of success
The development programme has resulted in
- Economic Regeneration
- 550 extra jobs
- growth in population - 10.7% increase
- 30.2% Annual Economic Activity Increase
- € 10million Community Owned Assets
- New Businesses/Services & Amenities established
- 400 people trained in programmes directly provided by IRD Kiltimagh
- 30,000 people including groups from Ireland & Europe have visited Kiltimagh in order to replicate success
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Mr. Joe Kelly