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Rural Development

Rural Development

Rural Development has been at the core of activities within LIT Thurles for many years.  Reflecting the critical need to address the specific challenges presented by maintaining/improving social, economic and environmental standards with rural regions LIT has demonstrated its extensive knowledge, capacity and expertise in this field.

  • National Rural Network: LIT ran the Irish National Rural Network on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. The Irish National Rural Network was set up as part of the Rural Development Programme, 2007-2013. The two key elements of the work of the network were information gathering and dissemination and the encouragement of networking. The Network did this through the commissioning of research and case study reports, the holding of an annual conference, seminars and forums, engagement with the European Network for Rural Development, the publication of a quarterly newsletter and the hosting and management of a website and associated social media.
  • Partner and lead EU Funded projects within the field of Rural Development.  Working with partners across the EU we engage with experts and leaders in the field to address specific challenges and barriers and take advantage of new opportunities.  Specifically the Unit’s team has expertise in relation to Social Farming, Farm Collaboration and implementation of the LEADER programme.
  • Engagement with Local Development Companies, Local Action Groups and Local Authorities in the Mid-West and other regions to support, promote and engage in appropriate Development activities.  This includes regular networking and engagement events to ensure exchange of knowledge and development of new initiatives


The CO-FARM project aims at developing a flexible training system based on Case Studies that will provide rural entrepreneurs, rural landowners and farmers with skills and knowledge to implement initiatives of cooperation amongst farming entrepreneurs.


The concept behind the FOLM learning experience is to motivate and encourage them into taking up studies or the labour market, thanks to our Outdoors Learning programme.


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