As the ripples of the economic downturn spread, they gained particular force while racing down the M6 motorway and into the towns and villages of the West of Ireland.
Entire areas, where the construction boom had delivered both employment and increased personal aspirations, were hit by the wave, which left wide-scale destruction in its wake.
By the second half of the last decade, the ghost estates and boarded-up businesses became the norm rather than the...
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