Thursday February 20, 2020

Small towns: Bypassed by better times

Politicians talk of a rural recovery where economic growth and jobs are on the increase, but are they just empty words and is there any way back from the downturn for many small towns?

7th June, 2015
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Colman Keane in the back shop bar of Keane’s in Gort, Co Galway.

It’s late morning in Gort, Galway, a town of 2,000 people about 40 kilometres south-east of Galway city. The town is familiar, even if you’ve never been. The chipped paint of the family-name shopfronts talk of history and the state of the economy. Some have bowed their heads and closed their doors forever. Others are still fighting the good fight, at least for a couple of days in the week. But not today.

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