Fintan O'Toole: Irish villages are dead unless we come up with plan fast

Ireland needs a joined-up national plan for vibrant villages

Gabriel Fitzmaurice in Moyvane, County Kerry, one of those places that is about to lose its post office

Gabriel Fitzmaurice in Moyvane, County Kerry, one of those places that is about to lose its post office

Village life in Ireland used to be characterised by the title of Brinsley McNamara’s Valley of the Squinting Windows, published a hundred years ago.

But perhaps it should now be the Valley of the Curtained Windows. McNamara, in his thinly disguised portrait of Delvin, County Meath, brought to life a claustrophobic world in which everyone knew everyone else’s business.

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