Rural Life in Ireland.
Ireland has always had an attractive landscape for farmers and rural dwellers to thrive in, and after visiting several different cities throughout the countryside, to an outsiders perspective, it would still seem that way. The hills are green and full of grass for the countless sheep that are on them to graze on. The skies are moist and the air feels fresh. The soil is moist and fertile, so it would seem that the farmers that occupy these villages would be doing well. Further research would suggest though that since the recession and advancement of new technologies, fewer and fewer people are living in these rural settings, making it difficult for the government to justify funding them. It should seem obvious though that any functioning economy needs its countryside and farmers for produce and livestock and other raw materials.
Aside from Galway and Dublin, it seems like Ireland is for the most part still a rural country. I think the most interesting aspect of the history of Ireland’s “ruralness” is how it seems to be interwoven with its current culture and customs. There is a certain pride that almost every pub and restaurant I’ve been into so far has about its local dairy and meat, and how food and beverage seem to still be a cornerstone of Irish culture. The fact that a large portion of the country is still rural seems to suggest that the pride of people owning and living off the land has endured through many generations. It also suggests that people have a large respect for the land they have been given and that the respect allows them to hold onto past rural traditions that carry on through the countries culture and way of life.
It goes without saying that in the past, Ireland was much more dependable on its agriculture and rural villages to produce for the economy. Today, the current administration has proposed plan that intends to invest 50 million euros by 2020 and create over 200 thousand jobs to rural counties and cities. Again, just at a glance of the countryside and observing how vast it is, one would assume the rural setting is alive and well and that the rapid growth of modernization and technological advances have not yet spoiled the beautiful and strong emerald isle.
Rural Life in Ireland.