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Social Exclusion and Ageing in Diverse Rural Communities: Presentations



Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland

The report ‘Social Exclusion and Ageing in Diverse Rural Communities’, was launched recently (Monday, 20 February 2012) at NUI Galway by Ireland’s Minister of State for Disability, Equality, Mental health and Older People, Kathleen Lynch TD, and Northern Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Michelle O’Neill MLA.Led by researchers at the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (ICSG) and Queen's University Belfast, it was funded by CARDI. Below are links to presentations from the launch: Policy for Social Exclusion and Ageing: Eamon O'SheaSocial Exclusion and Ageing in Diverse Communities: Kieran WalshSocial Exclusion in Rural Scotland: Michael MurrayEvaluation of indicators of change for strategy for older people in Wales: Vanessa Burholt A full copy of the report can be viewed at or hereA research brief compiled by CARDI is available hereMore information The report authors were Dr Kieran Walsh, Professor Eamon O’Shea and Professor Tom Scharf, from the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology at NUI Galway. The research was completed in collaboration with the Healthy Ageing in Rural Communities (HARC) research network (, which is a cross-border interdisciplinary initiative involving NUI Galway, Queen’s University Belfast, Rural Community Network and FORUM Connemara.The research focussed on 10 rural communities across Ireland and Northern Ireland, including island, remote, dispersed, village and near-urban sites: Rathlin (Antrim) and Inishbofin (Galway) as islands; Garrison (Fermanagh) and Dromid (Kerry) as remote communities; Finnis (Down) and Coomhola (Cork) as dispersed communities; Clough (Down) and Upperchurch (Tipperary) as village communities; Donemana (Tyrone) and Rosemount (Westmeath) as near-urban communities. Researchers carried out over 100 interviews with older people, and consultations with community stakeholders. The participating communities represented a geographical spread across the island of Ireland.



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Suggested citation:

CARDI. (2012) Social Exclusion and Ageing in Diverse Rural Communities: Presentations [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 23rd October 2019].


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