An innovative series of evening seminars will take place to promote the value of rural Ireland and all the services available.
The seminar series, titled Expand Your Horizons 2017, will take place from the end of January to March and is jointly organised by Teagasc and the National Rural Network (NRN). The events will foster increased dialogue and information sharing in rural areas.
The 28 evening seminars, taking place across the country, aim to increase awareness of the supports available, from rural agencies, for rural dwellers. The Roscommon seminar will take place on Wednesday, February 22nd at 8pm in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon town.
The central focus of this event is the provision of information for rural dwellers who wish to explore new possibilities for improved economic and social development for their own lives and for the betterment of their community.
The Expand Your Horizons, seminar series will have particular relevance for those interested in diversifying their farm, considering a new on-farm or off-farm enterprise, retraining for a new job or applying for funding opportunities under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.
Teagasc and the National Rural Network (NRN) have brought together other rural based organisations and these will be exhibiting on the night. These include: the Local Action Group, the Local Enterprise Office, Teagasc, the NRN, MABS, ETB, Citizens Information, Mental Health Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Fisheries Ireland.
These stakeholders will be on hand to provide a flavour of the opportunities they offer and the role they play in contributing to the viability of rural areas.
Announcing details of Expand Your Horizons, Teagasc’s Mary Ryan said:
“All those living and working in rural Ireland are welcome to attend, and will benefit from the information provided and the valuable networking opportunity with service providers to rural communities”.
National Rural Network Project Director Seamus Boland said:
“Many rural dwellers are dependent on agriculture and should be made aware of the services available in their locality to assist them to become economically and socially sustainable”.