AGAINST THE TIDE - the economic regeneration of Kiltimagh

Project information

Index: 0808R2
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Employment, human capital and education
Location IRELAND IRELAND Kiltimagh Border, Midland and Western Start/End date of the practice
Start: 1998
End: 2008

Topic of the practice

demographic change

Good Practice Information

Kiltimagh is a typical, rural town in the West Region with a population of 1096 (2006 census). Until the early 1990s it suffered from exceptionally high net out-migration. Funding became available initially through an annual local collection and later through the LEADER and other programmes. As a result a corporate structure was put in place, which has been innovative and proactive in conceiving
and implementing a development programme of wide range for Kiltimagh and broader area. The whole regeneration programme has involved substantial investments. The programme has been viewed by a large number of people (up to 30,000 from communities all over Ireland and Europe) who have acclaimed its success, and, in many cases, tried to implement similar actvities and structures in their own areas.

Evidence of success

Kiltimagh has become one of the most successful development models not only in Ireland but also in the EU and to such extent that many other local communities are prompted to use “the Kiltimagh Model” as the basis for their own development.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Mary Molloy

West Regional Authority

Annex completed on: 11-15-2012

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